Boston Red Sox's magic number drops to one

Boston Red Sox's magic number drops to one

Boston Red Sox's magic number drops to one

Had the Yankees lost earlier in the day, Boston would have been celebrating before last night's contest, the team's magic number having been reduced to 1.

You wouldn't have to pull a move like the team did in the 2015 American League Division Series during game five where they pulled Dallas Keuchel in from the bullpen in the ninth inning on two days rest. 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.

And so it was that on the third-to-last day of the regular season, the Astros got their 100th win for just the second time in the team's history, even as they forced the Red Sox to wait at least another day for a taste of the bubbly.

The AL West champion Astros won their fifth consecutive game and posted their 100th victory of the season.

Four losses in five games later, we have reached DEFCON 2.

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"It's a big number", head coach A.J. Hinch said. In his career, Pomeranz is 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Houston. A repeat of past year when the Red Sox were swept in the ALDS would avoid this scenario altogether, although that's certainly not what we want.

The Rays have been eliminated from playoff contention and assured of a losing record, but they now know they'll finish ahead of the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.

The outlook isn't any brighter with Fister, a pitcher the Red Sox picked up off the scrap heap when they were desperate to fill the back end of their rotation.

Rafael Devers hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to score Mitch Moreland and cut the Houston lead to 3-1.

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. Though a loss on Thursday (Sept. 28) hurt the Yankees a bit, especially after Aaron Judge his yet another home run, the Yankees still have a shot to catch the first-place #Boston Red Sox. Rodriguez would last only 1.2 innings and allowed five earned runs, the last two of which came via a home run to Alex Bregman. Jose Berrios (14-8) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win in his first major league relief appearance, a planned short outing in case he's needed in relief of starter Ervin Santana for Tuesday's wild-card game.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout is only 26 years old and already has 200 home runs after going yard against the Mariners. The Brewers only hope is to win their final two games in St. Louis and hope that the rest-and-stay-healthy Dodgers beat the Rockies on Saturday and Sunday. He'll carry a 5.68 ERA in the month of September into his final start of the season Friday night. Just have to win one game. Milwaukee has won four of its last six games.

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