Brad Peacock (13-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, striking out two and walking one as he tried to convince manager A.J. Hinch that he deserves a spot in the postseason rotation. Think Andrew Miller - another left-hander who carried the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs previous year with 10 appearances that ranged from middle reliever to closer.
Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 34th save, yielding a two-out double to Hanley Ramirez before Rafael Devers grounded out to end it. The Red Sox were guaranteed no worse than a tie for the division title when the Yankees lost 9-6 to Tampa Bay, lowering Boston's magic number to one. The Astros recorded their second 100-win season in franchise history. A year after winning a career-high 22 games to earn AL Cy Young honours, the 28-year-old right-hander posted the most losses in his career. The loser would go to the wild-card game.
If Thursday night was a preview of the upcoming Division Series, the Red Sox just might be out of their league. "And the offence covered it".
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. He's 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA since returning from the disabled list on August 19. "If the weekend presents itself as it's a little clearer picture for us or for them, maybe things change". The Red Sox, facing a similar situation with David Price, sent him to the bullpen, but that won't happen with McCullers, who will either start or not be on the roster.
Rodriguez got in trouble early, loading the bases with one out in the first on a walk and two singles.
Jose Bautista, Darwin Barney and Teoscar Hernandez homered for the Blue Jays, who hit 10 home runs in the three-game series.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3: In Minneapolis, Brian Dozier marked Minnesota's return home after clinching a wild card on the road with a handful of highlights, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to spur the Twins past Detroit.
"This team has definitely (battled) all year long, bounced back from some tough days and we'll stick together", Doug Fister said. Their league-leading offense was on display from the very beginning with a three-run first inning, a two-run second, and a four-run fourth.
"The sooner the better", Farrell said. "They all think they're safe".
Our Matchup Heat Map has the Red Sox with a 4.88 implied total, which ranks 10th-best on the Friday slate. But that still leaves one slot open for the game four starter with three options available. Nunez did some running and said he was trying "everything to get back on the field". He'll carry a 5.68 ERA in the month of September into his final start of the season Friday night.
Blue Jays: Off Thursday before opening their final series of the season Friday afternoon at the New York Yankees.
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.