roundup: Red Sox beat Yanks for third straight AL East title
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[September 21, 2018]
Mookie Betts helped the Boston
Red Sox clinch their third straight American League East title by
collecting four hits, including a towering three-run homer off
Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of an 11-6 victory over the
host New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Betts tied a season high with five RBIs to help the Red Sox win
their 10th division crown. Per Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the
first time the Red Sox ever clinched a division by beating the
"To be able to do it here, obviously, I know the history. It feels
great," Red Sox first-year manager Alex Cora said.
Luke Volt homered and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam for New
York, setting a franchise single-season mark with 247 homers this
season. The Yankees saw their lead over the Oakland A's reduced to 1
1/2 games in the race for the top AL wild card.
Blue Jays 9, Rays 8
Justin Smoak hit his third career walk-off home run to complete a
seven-run ninth inning, and Toronto came back to stun visiting Tampa
Bay after the Rays took an 8-2 lead into the ninth.
Toronto's winning inning began with consecutive double by Dwight
Smith Jr. and Rowdy Tellez, who also had a two-run homer in a
three-RBI game, and was capped by back-to-back homers by Lourdes
Gurriel Jr. and Smoak.
C.J. Cron had three RBIs and Tommy Pham had three hits and two RBIs
for the Rays, who dropped to 6 1/2 games behind Oakland in the race
for the second American League wild-card spot.
Braves 8, Phillies 3
Dansby Swanson and pinch hitter Lucas Duda ripped back-to-back
doubles in the seventh inning to put Atlanta ahead and send the
Braves to victory over visiting Philadelphia.
The Braves added four runs in the eighth inning to put the game away
and lower their magic number to win the National League East to
Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 6 1/2 games. The Braves are 8-5
against the Phillies; the two teams meet six more times over the
last two weeks.
A's 21, Angels 3
Stephen Piscotty, Nick Martini and Chad Pinder smacked home runs to
highlight a 22-hit assault, powering Oakland to a blowout of
visiting Los Angeles.
Marcus Semien collected three hits and five RBIs as the A's amassed
a season-high for runs en route to their second straight win.
Mike Trout hit his 36th homer for the Angels, who were outscored in
the series' last two games 31-3. Los Angeles' Francisco Arcia became
the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to catch, pitch and
hit a home run in the same game, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Mets 5, Nationals 4 (12 innings)
Jose Lobaton delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning
that gave New York an extra-inning win at Washington.
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Boston Red Sox players celebrate after clinching the American League
East with a win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Nationals starter Max Scherzer broke the team's record for
strikeouts in a season -- a mark that he set two years ago. The
right-hander fanned 13 in seven innings and now has 290 strikeouts
this year. However, Scherzer gave up two homers and three runs and
left trailing 3-2.
New York starter Jason Vargas outdueled Scherzer. The veteran gave
up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings.
Both starters finished with a no-decision.
Reds 4, Marlins 2
Scooter Gennett, bidding for a National League batting title,
homered, doubled and drove in four runs to lead Cincinnati to a win
Gennett, who is now hitting .318 and trails only Milwaukee Brewers
outfielder Christian Yelich (.319), went 2-for-3. He hit a two-run,
two-out double that one-hopped the wall in left-center field in the
third inning, then hit a two-run, two-out homer that landed in the
upper deck in right in the seventh.
Miami was held to seven hits -- six singles and one double.
White Sox 5, Indians 4 (11 innings)
Matt Davidson singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the top
of the 11th inning as Chicago defeated host Cleveland.
The White Sox avoided not only a sweep of the three-game series, but
also a sweep of the games between the teams played at Progressive
Field this season. The White Sox finished 1-8 in Cleveland.
The Indians, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to eventually tie the
score in the eighth, nearly won it in the 10th. With two outs and
runners at first and second, Jason Kipnis hit a ball that appeared
headed for right field. However, the ball struck runner Brandon
Barnes, ending the inning.
Tigers 11, Royals 8
Christin Stewart hit the first two homers of his career during the
first two innings and drove in six runs, powering host Detroit to
victory over Kansas City.
Stewart hit a two-run shot and a three-run blast and added a
bases-loaded walk for Detroit. Nicholas Castellanos tripled, homered
and scored twice, while JaCoby Jones had two hits and also scored
two runs. Zac Reininger (1-0) collected his first major league win
while giving up two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi
homered for the Royals. Whit Merrifield supplied three hits and two
--Field Level Media
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