Red Sox fail again to clinch AL East, fall to Astros 3-2

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox are running out of chances to wrap up the AL East title.

Boston once again failed to clinch the division crown, losing to the Houston Astros 3-2 Friday night as Alex Bregman homered and drove in three runs.

The Red Sox magic number remained at one to close out the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 4-0. Boston leads the Yankees by two games - both teams have two games left and they're each assured playoff spots.

After going 8-1 in their final road trip of the season, the Red Sox have slumped at home, losing two in a row and falling to 1-4 on their homestand. But Mookie Betts said no one is panicking inside the clubhouse.

''It's just go win one game,'' the star outfielder said. ''Nobody said it's going to be easy. If it was easy, it wouldn't be fun ... We just got to go win one game.''

If Boston and New York wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at Yankee Stadium for the division crown. The loser would go to the wild-card game.

Hanley Ramirez doubled with two outs in the Boston ninth. But with the Fenway Park crowd rooting for a rally, Rafael Devers grounded out to end it, with Ken Giles getting his 34th save.

The AL West champion Astros won their fifth straight game and posted their 100th victory of the season. They are one game behind AL Central champion Cleveland for the best record in the league and home-field advantage in the AL playoffs.

''It's a big number and it takes six months to get there. I'm proud of our guys, obviously. We've got a couple games left. We'd like 102, plus 11 in October,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

Charlie Morton (14-7) retired the first 13 Red Sox batters before Mitch Moreland doubled with one out in the fifth inning.

Morton allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Four relievers combined to blank Boston on one hit.

A day after the Astros routed Boston 12-2, they took a 1-0 lead in the third on Bregman's RBI single off Doug Fister (5-9). Bregman, who had three hits, had a two-run homer in the fifth.

''The obvious thing is to go out and put together a solid game and win,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''Our destiny is controlled by us, particularly as it relates to the final two days in the division. We've got to go out and win a game.''

CLOSE CALLS

Boston pulled within 3-2 and had the bases loaded in the sixth, but Ramirez grounded out. Dustin Pedroia got aboard with a walk in the eighth, but pinch-runner Brock Holt was caught trying to advance on a curveball in the dirt by Chris Devenski. The play was challenged by Boston and held up after review.

Holt said he got exactly the scenario he hoped he would.

''I was looking for him to bounce one, and he bounced one. The catcher made a perfect play.''

ASCENDING ASTROS

Houston has won 13 of 15. The Astros reached 100 wins for the second time in team history, having won 102 in 1998.

QUOTABALE

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF/OF Eduardo Nunez (knee) took groundballs and ran sprints, but manager John Farrell said he is ''still not game ready.''

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 4.01 ERA) has battled injuries in the second half, limiting him to just five starts since the break.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (16-6, 3.38) is 3 1/3 innings shy of setting a new career high for innings (170 2/3 in 2016)

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BOS92-68
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  • W: C. Morton (14-7)L: D. Fister (5-9)S: K. Giles (34)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF30000103.285.368.526.8941.0
A. Bregman 3B41331000.287.355.480.83511.0
J. Altuve 2B40000003.348.412.551.9640.0
C. Correa SS30000133.313.388.549.937-0.5
M. Gonzalez LF30000102.303.375.530.9041.0
E. Gattis C40000012.264.312.459.771-0.5
J. Centeno C00000000.208.269.333.6030.0
C. Beltran DH40100000.230.282.383.6651.0
C. Maybin PR-DH00000000.228.319.363.682-1.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41100011.296.329.482.8111.5
D. Fisher RF41100032.214.313.364.6770.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS40100010.273.343.402.7451.5
    D. Pedroia 2B30010101.293.369.392.7602.0
    B. Holt PR-2B00000000.180.288.218.5070.0
    A. Benintendi LF40000032.271.352.425.778-1.5
    M. Betts RF30000100.262.342.453.7953.0
    M. Moreland 1B31100100.246.325.442.7674.0
    H. Ramirez DH40100014.241.319.430.7491.5
    C. Young PR-DH0000-000.234.324.389.000-
    R. Devers 3B40110001.285.341.481.8223.0
    S. Leon C30000031.224.290.354.644-1.5
    R. Davis CF31100010.235.294.349.6431.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (39)
      • HR - A. Bregman (19)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (37)
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (31), M. Moreland (33), H. Ramirez (24), R. Devers (12)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia (62), R. Devers (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Maybin (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (25)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (14)
      • PB - S. Leon (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 14-7)5.14220403.621.1918.0
      F. Liriano (H, 6)0.10002105.661.63-1.5
      C. Devenski (H, 24)1.10000202.680.944.0
      W. Harris (H, 19)1.00001203.050.973.0
      K. Giles (S, 34)1.01000002.301.049.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 14-7)5.1
      F. Liriano (H, 6)0.1
      C. Devenski (H, 24)1.1
      W. Harris (H, 19)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 34)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 5-9)5.15331514.881.383.5
      D. Price1.20000203.421.194.0
      A. Reed1.00002002.881.051.0
      C. Kimbrel1.01000101.320.662.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 5-9)5.1
      D. Price1.2
      A. Reed1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - F. Liriano (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 64-47, F. Liriano 9-4, C. Devenski 16-11, W. Harris 16-8, K. Giles 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 9-3, C. Devenski 1-1, K. Giles 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 20, F. Liriano 3, C. Devenski 4, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Reed (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 74-53, D. Price 24-19, A. Reed 16-9, C. Kimbrel 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 8-3, D. Price 1-3, A. Reed 2-1, C. Kimbrel 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 22, D. Price 6, A. Reed 5, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS92-68
      000011000251
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF30000103.285.368.526.8941.0
      A. Bregman 3B41331000.287.355.480.83511.0
      J. Altuve 2B40000003.348.412.551.9640.0
      C. Correa SS30000133.313.388.549.937-0.5
      M. Gonzalez LF30000102.303.375.530.9041.0
      E. Gattis C40000012.264.312.459.771-0.5
      J. Centeno C00000000.208.269.333.6030.0
      C. Beltran DH40100000.230.282.383.6651.0
      C. Maybin PR-DH00000000.228.319.363.682-1.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B41100011.296.329.482.8111.5
      D. Fisher RF41100032.214.313.364.6770.5
      Total3336313816-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        X. Bogaerts SS40100010.273.343.402.7451.5
        D. Pedroia 2B30010101.293.369.392.7602.0
        B. Holt PR-2B00000000.180.288.218.5070.0
        A. Benintendi LF40000032.271.352.425.778-1.5
        M. Betts RF30000100.262.342.453.7953.0
        M. Moreland 1B31100100.246.325.442.7674.0
        H. Ramirez DH40100014.241.319.430.7491.5
        C. Young PR-DH0000-000.234.324.389.000-
        R. Devers 3B40110001.285.341.481.8223.0
        S. Leon C30000031.224.290.354.644-1.5
        R. Davis CF31100010.235.294.349.6431.5
        Total312520399-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (39)
          • HR - A. Bregman (19)
          • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (71)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (37)
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts (31), M. Moreland (33), H. Ramirez (24), R. Devers (12)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia (62), R. Devers (27)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - C. Maybin (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (25)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers (14)
          • PB - S. Leon (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 14-7)5.14220403.621.1918.0
          F. Liriano (H, 6)0.10002105.661.63-1.5
          C. Devenski (H, 24)1.10000202.680.944.0
          W. Harris (H, 19)1.00001203.050.973.0
          K. Giles (S, 34)1.01000002.301.049.0
          Total9.0522390---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 14-7)5.1
          F. Liriano (H, 6)0.1
          C. Devenski (H, 24)1.1
          W. Harris (H, 19)1.0
          K. Giles (S, 34)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister (L, 5-9)5.15331514.881.383.5
          D. Price1.20000203.421.194.0
          A. Reed1.00002002.881.051.0
          C. Kimbrel1.01000101.320.662.5
          Total9.0633381---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister (L, 5-9)5.1
          D. Price1.2
          A. Reed1.0
          C. Kimbrel1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - F. Liriano (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 64-47, F. Liriano 9-4, C. Devenski 16-11, W. Harris 16-8, K. Giles 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 9-3, C. Devenski 1-1, K. Giles 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 20, F. Liriano 3, C. Devenski 4, W. Harris 3, K. Giles 4
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Reed (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 74-53, D. Price 24-19, A. Reed 16-9, C. Kimbrel 15-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 8-3, D. Price 1-3, A. Reed 2-1, C. Kimbrel 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 22, D. Price 6, A. Reed 5, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Pedroia grounded out to second, Davis scored, Bogaerts to third32
          • 5TH INNING
            Devers doubled to left center, Moreland scored31
            Bregman homered to left, Gurriel scored30
          • 3RD INNING
            Bregman singled to right, Fisher scored, Bregman to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Addison Reed
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Beltran singled to center
            • Cameron Maybin ran for Carlos Beltran
            • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Maybin caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ken Giles relieved Will Harris
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland lined out to left
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep left
          • 8TH INNING
            • Addison Reed relieved David Price
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman flied out to left
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Correa to second on passed ball, Gonzalez intentionally walked
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Juan Centeno catching
            • Will Harris relieved Chris Devenski
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • Brock Holt ran for Dustin Pedroia
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Foul, Beltran safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel fouled out to first
            • D. Fisher: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Springer flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers fouled out to first
            • S. Leon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • R. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Correa struck out on foul tip
            • David Price relieved Doug Fister
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez lined out to left
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Davis: Davis singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts doubled to left, Davis to third
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to second, Davis scored, Bogaerts to third
            • Francisco Liriano relieved Charlie Morton
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts stole second, Ball, Moreland walked
            • Chris Devenski relieved Francisco Liriano
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Moreland out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to center
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third, Gurriel to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman homered to left, Gurriel scored
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland doubled to left
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to third
            • R. Devers: Devers doubled to left center, Moreland scored
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Gattis lined out to third
            • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to third
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Fisher singled to left
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Springer grounded out to pitcher, Fisher to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman singled to right, Fisher scored, Bregman to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Altuve grounded out to first, Bregman to third
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers flied out to center
            • S. Leon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Gattis grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Beltran flied out to deep right
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts grounded out to third
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bregman doubled to left, Springer to third
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to right
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)