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11-06-2018, 05:58 AM,
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the “106” went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.Scoreboards flashed “106 Wins.” Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.“You think about all the history of the game and the history of this franchise Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey ,” Boston manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Monday night to earn their record 106th victory and clinch home-field advantage through the postseason.“To be part of this, I can’t even explain it. We should call timeout and enjoy this one,” said Cora, who is in his first year as manager. “We know what we want to do in October, but this one … for us to do it is amazing.”Mookie Betts had a pair of hits to leave his major league-best batting average at .343, and Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in the major leagues this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far.For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and (most likely) Oakland.“I know how it gets here in the playoffs,” said Cora, who played on the team from 2006-08 and was a bench coach with the Astros when they beat Boston in the divisional round last year. “It’s a special place , and it’s a tough place for the visitors in the postseason.”The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.PEP TALKSCora said he spoke to the team after the game, and so did injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the longest-tenured member of the team.“Enjoy it,'” Betts recalled Cora saying. “We’ve got a great group of guys, a special group of guys. Finish out strong before the playoffs start.”LOSING SIDEThe Orioles (45-111) matched the franchise record for defeats set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who went 43-111. They became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60½ games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It’s the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.HOW THEY SCOREDBoston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts’ two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , a new career high.Betts also singled and scored in Boston’s two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.FOR STARTERSSix days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but throwing a pair of wild pitches.Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. “I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don’t know when ,” Showalter said.Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night’s game. … INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.UP NEXTLHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2) will start for Baltimore MILWAUKEE — With just over two weeks left in the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers are still nipping at the Chicago Cubs’ heels in the National League Central race while trying to protect their wild-card lead from the resurgent Los Angeles Dodgers.But if the Brewers are going to snap a seven-year postseason drought, they’ll need to figure out the Pittsburgh Pirates.“They’ve got good arms, guys who throw hard with power stuff,” Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich said. “Any time you face them, you know it could be a tough night, a battle. You’ve got to do what you can.”Article continues below ...After opening the series with a 7-4 victory Friday night, the Brewers couldn’t do much Saturday in Game 2 of the series, mustering just one run in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates. It was the Brewers’ 10th loss in 15 meetings with the Pirates this season and the ninth time Pittsburgh’s pitching held Milwaukee to three or fewer runs.“They’ve been pitching-based for the last couple of years,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You figure that’s the game you’re going to be in when you play these guys.”The loss left the Brewers 2 1/2 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central but still holding onto a three-game lead over the Dodgers for the top wild-card spot. The Brewers will try to pad that lead while also chipping into Chicago’s on Sunday when they wrap up the series against Trevor Williams.Williams gave up four runs in five innings against St. Louis his last time out Authentic Derwin James Jersey , equaling the total runs he’d allowed in his previous nine starts. “I’m just thankful I’m not pitching against the Cardinals again for the rest of the year,'” Williams said. “‘They’re a great ballclub and I wish them nothing but success going into October.”He has fared a little better against Milwaukee, posting a 2.18 ERA in four career appearances, including three starts. He threw seven shutout innings against the Brewers on June 18, allowing one hit and striking out seven.Williams followed that gem with three rough outings, allowing 12 runs in 13 innings but has been one of the best pitchers in the National League ever since, posting an 0.66 ERA in a nine-start stretch leading up to the Monday night game against the Cardinals. “It’s been really a strong stretch,”‘ Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.The Brewers look to clinch their ninth consecutive series behind right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who has a 2.28 ERA in four outings against the Pirates this season. That success was the reason Counsell flipped Chacin and Wade Miley in his rotation. Miley has struggled against Pittsburgh, posting a 4.82 ERA in two starts Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , and will now start Monday against the Cincinnati Reds, a team he held to one run in 7 1/3 innings on Aug. 30.“Like I’ve always said, this is something I really wanted when I signed here — to pitch in meaningful games,” Chacin said. “Hopefully in the next couple weeks, we can celebrate making the playoffs. We have 15 more games, but right now it feels like we’ve earned our way. We’re finishing the season strong and in a good way, so I think that’s going to push us more in the playoffs.”
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