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Houston's second straight win over the Red Sox kept Boston's magic number for clinching the American League East at one, with the New York Yankees winning earlier in the day to stay alive.

One Red Sox win or Yankees loss over the final two days and the division is Boston's.

The Yankees will now host the AL wild-card game, while the Red Sox will continue battling Houston in the ALDS. If they ever lost that game, they'd have to start someone else in NY on Monday in the AL East tie-breaker, with the loser hosting the Twins in the wild card round. The Red Sox have lost two in a row and are 1-4 on their homestand. Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez each added a two-bagger while Rajai Davis contributed a base hit of his own as four of Boston's five base hits were doubles. But with the Fenway Park crowd rooting for a rally, Rafael Devers grounded out to end it, with Ken Giles getting his 34th save. After a brief discussion, Farrell left the $217 million man in the game with the bases loaded.

Brian Dozier's three-run homer proved the difference as the Twins doubled up the Tigers, 6-3.

Cleveland maintained its one-game lead - and owns the tiebreaker - over Houston for the best record in the AL with two games remaining.

Aaron Judge led off the inning with a 484-foot homer to left-center that cleared the bleachers and landed in front of the retired numbers display, his 52nd.

In all likelihood, Boston will need a pitcher to start Game 4.




YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0 Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and playoff-bound NY beat visiting Toronto to remain on the edge of contention in the AL East. Pedroia 2B 3. Benintendi LF 4. Chad Bettis picked up his second win since returning from testicular cancer, holding the NL West champs to one run over seven innings and retiring his last 14 batters.

Alex Bregman had an RBI single and two-run homer among his three hits and Charlie Morton (14-7) and four relievers combined on a four-hitter in Houston's fifth straight win.

Having become accustomed to astronomical run totals and lights-out starting pitchers, Astros fans might be forgiven a certain amount of trepidation during Friday night's nail-biter against the Boston Red Sox.

But no one told the Astros, who in any case seem nearly incapable of losing at the present moment.

Chad Bettis (2-4) made one of the best starts this season for the Rockies since coming back from testicular cancer and returning to the rotation on August 14, giving up four hits and one run, and retiring the final 14 batters he faced. The victor would get the division title and the loser relegated to the one-game wildcard against the Minnesota Twins. Just have to win one game.

ST. LOUIS - Chase Anderson worked into the eighth inning and Stephen Vogt knocked in three runs as Milwaukee knocked off St. Louis.

Perez (13-12) allowed just two hits over the first six innings and had a 5-0 lead to work with before the A's came to life late. But given how horrendous he has been primarily as a starter in the postseason (2-8 with a 5.54 ERA), contributing in a new way may give Price the confidence he needs.

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