Red Sox claim playoff berth with help from the Indians

first_img White Sox 3, Indians 1 The Indians lost for the sixth time in their last seven games following a 17-2 run. Cleveland went 7-for-56 (.125) with runners in scoring position in the final seven games five of them one-run losses. “We played so well for so long, we were bound to hit a tough stretch,” Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia said in a somber Cleveland clubhouse. “It just happened in the last week of the season.” Orioles 6, Devil Rays 2 Bruce Chen (13-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, and backup catcher Sal Fasano homered for the second consecutive day. Twins 6, Tigers 4 Johan Santana (16-7) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, finishing with a 2.87 ERA. Carlos Pena hit a fifth-inning homer. Athletics 8, Mariners 3 Eric Chavez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth off George Sherrill (4-3), and Joe Kennedy (4-5) won for the first time since Aug. 27. Blue Jays 7, Royals 2 Gustavo Chacin (13-9) allowed two runs one earned and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He led AL rookies in wins and innings (203). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The champagne had a brief wait and a short trip after the New York Yankees clinched the AL East at Fenway Park. A day later, across the diamond, the Boston Red Sox joined their longtime rivals in the playoffs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schilling (8-8) held the Yankees scoreless for five innings; by that time, the Cleveland Indians had already lost 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox and assured Boston of the AL’s last playoff spot. The outfield message boards posted matching congratulations one for the Red Sox and one for the Yankees, who celebrated in Fenway Park’s visitor’s clubhouse on Saturday after clinching the AL East. The Red Sox and Yankees each finished the year 95-67, though the Fenway scoreboard listed them alphabetically, with Boston ahead of New York. But the Yankees actually took the division title because they beat the Red Sox, 10-9, in the season series. “Co-division champs. That’s what I’m calling it,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “I can understand why there isn’t (a playoff), but frankly, I would have liked to have had one. It would have been nice to settle the division championship.” By the time this one was over, the starters were out of the game and the much-anticipated season finale had the look of a spring training game, except for the chill in the air and the anticipation of a possible playoff rematch. “There’s a chance we’ll meet again,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “If it does happen, it’ll be a shootout.” center_img “Both of these teams went through a lot this year,” said Curt Schilling, who shut the Yankees down long enough for the Red Sox to win 10-1 on Sunday and grab the AL wild-card berth. “To be where we are says as much about the people as it does about the talent.” Reigning World Series MVP Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and also threw out Derek Jeter from the outfield to put Boston in the playoffs for a franchise-record third consecutive year. last_img

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