Red Sox reach 100 wins for 1st time since '46, beat Jays 1-0

BOSTON (AP) The scoreboards at Fenway Park were all flashing ''100 WINS'' to celebrate the Red Sox reaching the milestone for the first time since Ted Williams returned from World War II.

David Price was already thinking about No. 101.

''That's what we've done all year,'' Price said on Wednesday night after pitching seven innings of three-hit ball to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0. ''That's why we have 100 wins right now.''

Price (15-6) struck out seven to win his sixth straight decision, leaving after 92 pitches with a lead earned when Rafael Devers scampered home on a wild pitch by Aaron Sanchez (4-6) in the fifth inning. The Red Sox left-hander is unbeaten in 11 starts and is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break.

Steven Wright pitched the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 39th save, and Boston's magic number for clinching the AL East dropped to seven over the second-place New York Yankees.

''Don't get me wrong; 100 is 100. But we've got bigger goals, obviously,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''Today we got closer to one of those goals.''

A night after becoming the first major league team this year to clinch a playoff spot, Boston won for the 10th time in 14 games and moved a season-high 54 games above .500 for the first time since the 1946 team of Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio went 104-50.

The Red Sox need only to go 6-10 the rest of the season to break the franchise record of 105 wins, set in 1912. Boston also won 101 games in 1915.

''Somebody just told me it's been done three times here and the last one was 70-something years ago,'' first baseman Mitch Moreland said. ''I think that speaks for itself.''

BLUE BLUE JAYS

Sanchez allowed three hits and struck out six, allowing the game's only run after Moreland walked to lead off the fifth. Devers reached on a fielder's choice and took third when Brock Holt poked a single through the hole at shortstop on a hit-and-run.

Sanchez bounced a 2-2 pitch to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the dirt and past catcher Danny Jansen to the backstop, allowing Devers to score.

''I love Price. I keep in touch with Price even to this day,'' said Sanchez, who was teammates with Price in Toronto in 2015. ''To go out there and match what he's doing. ... Just to go out there and have a special night like that was fun. It's unfortunate they scored the way they did and we lost the way we did.''

Toronto fell to 1-8 at Fenway Park this year and dropped to a season-worst 15 games below .500.

DOUBLE DUTY

Rowdy Tellez has seven doubles in his first seven games, the most for any player in the majors since 1908. Jonathan Davis had his first major league hit for Toronto, which hasn't won back-to-back games since Aug. 24-25.

CENTURY CLUB

Cora is the first manager with 100 wins in his first season with a club since Felipe Alou with the 2003 San Francisco Giants and the first in his initial season as a big league manager since Dusty Baker with the 1993 Giants.

FOR SALE

Cora said Chris Sale, who returned to the mound on Tuesday night for the first time since Aug. 12, did not report any issues with his left shoulder. Sale was scheduled to play catch on Wednesday and throw a bullpen session on Friday. The plan is for him to pitch three innings against the New York Mets.

''He's encouraged,'' Cora said. ''Yesterday was like his first big league outing. He was all over the plate. He admitted it - the game sped up on him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 3 because of a blister on his right index finger, may be done for the year, manager John Gibbons said.

Red Sox: RHP Matt Barnes who hasn't pitched since Sept. 4 because of left hip inflammation, played catch on Monday and Tuesday, and he was scheduled to do so again on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-8) pitches the series finale on Thursday night.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4) takes the mound for Boston.

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  • W: D. Price (15-6)L: A. Sanchez (4-6)S: C. Kimbrel (39)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Travis 2B40000013.235.280.388.668-0.5
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Y. Solarte 3B30200000.236.289.398.6872.0
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b- D. Smith PH10000011.241.333.444.778-0.5
R. Tellez 1B30100021.409.435.8641.2981.0
D. Jansen C20000100.263.368.421.7891.0
J. Davis CF20100000.200.200.200.4001.0
c- K. Pillar PH-CF10000012.247.274.411.685-0.5
  • a-walked for Diaz in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Davis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF30100112.340.433.6271.0593.5
A. Benintendi LF40000003.291.369.476.8460.0
J. Martinez DH30000121.329.400.6291.0290.0
X. Bogaerts SS40100004.289.361.522.8831.0
M. Moreland 1B10000200.250.325.449.7742.0
R. Devers 3B31000012.238.294.413.7070.5
B. Holt 2B30100001.261.348.370.7173.0
S. Leon C30000012.184.242.290.531-0.5
J. Bradley CF20100110.231.311.400.7104.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Tellez (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Travis 3 (3), T. Hernandez, D. Smith, R. Tellez
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bradley (28)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), X. Bogaerts 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (28), B. Holt (7), J. Bradley (14)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (10)
    • DP - (Travis-Gurriel-Tellez)
    FIELDING
    • PB - S. Leon (12)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez (L, 4-6)7.03113604.901.5515.0
    T. Clippard1.01002003.681.180.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez (L, 4-6)7.0
    T. Clippard1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 15-6)7.03000703.421.1031.5
    S. Wright (H, 1)1.01001103.001.291.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 39)1.00001202.371.0210.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 15-6)7.0
    S. Wright (H, 1)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 39)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Sanchez 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 91-57, T. Clippard 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-6
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, T. Clippard 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 92-63, S. Wright 15-9, C. Kimbrel 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-9, S. Wright 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, S. Wright 5, C. Kimbrel 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. McKinney RF40000013.329.398.575.973-0.5
    D. Travis 2B40000013.235.280.388.668-0.5
    L. Gurriel SS40000000.282.315.422.7370.0
    K. Morales DH40000020.254.337.453.790-1.0
    Y. Solarte 3B30200000.236.289.398.6872.0
    A. Diaz PR-3B0000-000.257.293.450.000-
    a- J. Smoak PH00000100.246.354.467.8211.0
    R. Urena PR00000000.250.300.375.6750.0
    T. Hernandez LF30000022.240.299.474.773-1.0
    b- D. Smith PH10000011.241.333.444.778-0.5
    R. Tellez 1B30100021.409.435.8641.2981.0
    D. Jansen C20000100.263.368.421.7891.0
    J. Davis CF20100000.200.200.200.4001.0
    c- K. Pillar PH-CF10000012.247.274.411.685-0.5
    Total33050021012-----
    HITTERSAB
    B. McKinney RF4
    D. Travis 2B4
    L. Gurriel SS4
    K. Morales DH4
    Y. Solarte 3B3
    A. Diaz PR-3B0
    a- J. Smoak PH0
    R. Urena PR0
    T. Hernandez LF3
    b- D. Smith PH1
    R. Tellez 1B3
    D. Jansen C2
    J. Davis CF2
    c- K. Pillar PH-CF1
    Total33
    • a-walked for Diaz in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Davis in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF30100112.340.433.6271.0593.5
    A. Benintendi LF40000003.291.369.476.8460.0
    J. Martinez DH30000121.329.400.6291.0290.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40100004.289.361.522.8831.0
    M. Moreland 1B10000200.250.325.449.7742.0
    R. Devers 3B31000012.238.294.413.7070.5
    B. Holt 2B30100001.261.348.370.7173.0
    S. Leon C30000012.184.242.290.531-0.5
    J. Bradley CF20100110.231.311.400.7104.5
    Total2614005615-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Tellez (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Travis 3 (3), T. Hernandez, D. Smith, R. Tellez
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bradley (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), X. Bogaerts 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (28), B. Holt (7), J. Bradley (14)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (10)
      • DP - (Travis-Gurriel-Tellez)
      FIELDING
      • PB - S. Leon (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 4-6)7.03113604.901.5515.0
      T. Clippard1.01002003.681.180.0
      Total8.0411560---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (L, 4-6)7.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 15-6)7.03000703.421.1031.5
      S. Wright (H, 1)1.01001103.001.291.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 39)1.00001202.371.0210.0
      Total9.04002100---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 15-6)7.0
      S. Wright (H, 1)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 39)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Sanchez 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 91-57, T. Clippard 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-6
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, T. Clippard 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 92-63, S. Wright 15-9, C. Kimbrel 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-9, S. Wright 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, S. Wright 5, C. Kimbrel 4
      • 5TH INNING
        Devers scored, Holt to third on wild pitch01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Steven Wright
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel flied out to right
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Justin Smoak hit for Aledmys Diaz
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • Richard Urena ran for Justin Smoak
        • Dwight Smith hit for Teoscar Hernandez
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Steven Wright relieved David Price
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Tellez doubled to left center
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jansen walked
        • Kevin Pillar hit for Jonathan Davis
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • B. McKinney: McKinney reached on fielder's choice to second, Tellez to third, Jansen out at second
        • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Travis lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon flied out to left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley doubled to deep right center
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley stole third, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Solarte singled to left
        • Aledmys Diaz ran for Yangervis Solarte
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to second
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers flied out to deep left
        • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Jansen fouled out to third
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Davis singled to right
        • B. McKinney: McKinney flied out to deep center
        • D. Travis: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis to second on passed ball, Travis flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to center
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to left
        • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to second, Moreland out at second
        • B. Holt: Holt singled to left, Devers to third
        • S. Leon: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Leon flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Holt stole second, Ball, Devers scored, Holt to third on wild pitch, Ball, Bradley walked
        • M. Betts: Betts grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley out at second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McKinney struck out looking
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez lined out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left, Bogaerts out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Jansen lined out to shortstop
        • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to deep right
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop, Moreland out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Foul, McKinney grounded out to second
        • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Travis lined out to center
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to left center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Betts to second on wild pitch, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop, Betts to third
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)