Red Sox become 1st team in majors to clinch playoff spot

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth and did not celebrate.

''Any time you make the playoffs and give yourself a chance to be that last team, it's a pretty special thing,'' Brock Holt said. ''We're excited by that, but we've got more work to do.''

Holt pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night that guaranteed Boston no worse than a wild card berth.

At a major league-best 99-46, the Red Sox lead the AL East by nine games with 2 1/2 weeks left. Their postgame celebration was lining up for routine high-fives and heading back to the clubhouse.

''We're in great position to win the division and then to accomplish other things,'' first-year manager Alex Cora said. ''As I told the group, I'm very proud of them.''

Starter Chris Sale came off the disabled list and pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two and throwing 26 pitches. Sale has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder, and the Red Sox had said they would ease their ace back into action.

''We're taking care of the guy,'' Cora said.

Boston assured its third straight postseason team, matching the Red Sox teams of 2003-05 and 2007-09.

Ryan Brasier (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings as Boston used seven relievers.

Toronto led 2-0 in the seventh, when Steve Pearce hit a tying triple and Holt followed with a two-out home run off Ryan Tepera (5-5).

Kevin Pillar had an RBI single for Toronto during a two-run sixth, when Devon Travis scored the game's first run on a double-steal and botched defensive play by the Red Sox.

STARTERS

Toronto starter Ryan Boruki, who allowed seven runs and eight hits July 13 at Fenway Park, held an opponent to two runs or fewer in at least six innings for the third time in four starts.

''He was tremendous today,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''He's done a tremendous job for a rookie call-up.''

NO RUSH

Sale continued tossing in the bullpen after he was pulled, trying to rebuild his arm strength for the postseason. He was hoping to get a second inning, but Cora said it didn't make sense because the Red Sox weren't going to let him throw more than 40 pitches.

''This is the first step in the right direction,'' Sale said, crediting the Red Sox medical staff. ''There was a lot of work by a lot of people that went into this.''

MR. CLUTCH

Holt also homered as a pinch hitter on Aug. 13 at Philadelphia.

''I guess I would rather be in there from the start than to come in and pinch-hit,'' Holt said, ''but if I keep on hitting homers then I'll take it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RF Randal Grichuk was back in the lineup, two days after he crashed face-first into a guard's metal chair. Concussion tests were negative on Grichuk, who was left with a bloody nose, swollen left eye socket and a few facial cuts. ... Pillar ran face-first into the center field wall chasing Pearce's triple. Pillar needed a few minutes to get back to his feet, but stayed in the game.

Red Sox: Sale made his first start since Aug. 12 and threw 26 pitches. After a leadoff double by Lourdes Gurriel, he struck out two, then walked a batter before Grichuck popped out to end the inning.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Sanchez (4-5, 5.17 ERA) faces Boston LHP David Price (14-6, 3.57).

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  • W: R. Brasier (2-0)L: R. Tepera (5-5)
  • HR: BOS - B. Holt (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Gurriel SS30100111.287.321.431.7522.5
D. Travis 2B41100011.238.283.393.6764.5
J. Smoak 1B40000012.246.353.467.820-0.5
K. Morales DH10000100.257.340.458.7982.0
J. Davis PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
a- Y. Solarte PH-DH10100000.233.287.396.6831.0
R. Grichuk RF40000034.244.300.483.782-1.5
K. Pillar CF40110010.247.275.412.6861.5
T. Hernandez LF30000021.242.301.477.778-1.0
b- D. Smith PH10000000.245.339.453.7920.0
A. Diaz 3B20000100.257.293.450.7431.0
c- R. Tellez PH10000000.421.450.8951.3450.0
D. Jansen C30100021.273.369.436.8060.0
  • a-singled for Davis in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Diaz in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF31000111.340.432.6291.0611.5
A. Benintendi LF41110020.293.372.480.8523.0
J. Martinez DH41100000.331.401.6331.0342.0
X. Bogaerts SS31000112.289.362.525.8861.5
S. Pearce 1B20110100.290.380.530.9105.0
T. Lin PR01000000.196.275.239.5141.0
C. Vazquez C10000002.212.255.297.5530.0
I. Kinsler 2B40110012.249.308.398.7073.5
E. Nunez 3B31100101.261.286.384.6703.0
S. Leon C20000001.186.244.293.5380.0
a- B. Holt PH-1B11131000.260.348.370.7188.0
J. Bradley CF30100010.230.308.397.7050.5
  • a-homered for Leon in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Gurriel (8), D. Travis (13)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (53)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Pillar (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel, R. Grichuk 3 (3), T. Hernandez, D. Jansen
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi (38)
  • 3B - S. Pearce
  • HR - B. Holt (4)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi (80), S. Pearce (37), I. Kinsler (45), B. Holt 3 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (15), B. Holt 3 (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, E. Nunez, S. Leon
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Travis (3), J. Davis
  • Picked Off - L. Gurriel
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Kinsler (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Kinsler (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Borucki6.13222504.261.4216.5
R. Tepera (L, 5-5) (BS, 8)0.21221113.711.24-8.5
J. Petricka0.23331004.991.61-7.0
T. Guerrieri0.10000001.690.560.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Borucki6.1
R. Tepera (L, 5-5) (BS, 8)0.2
J. Petricka0.2
T. Guerrieri0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale1.01000201.960.853.0
B. Workman1.00001102.411.132.5
N. Eovaldi3.23222404.221.184.0
R. Brasier (W, 2-0)1.10000201.650.8811.0
H. Velazquez (H, 2)0.10000003.291.500.0
B. Poyner (H, 3)0.11000001.721.09-1.0
J. Kelly (H, 21)0.10000104.111.270.5
H. Hembree1.00000104.021.383.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale1.0
B. Workman1.0
N. Eovaldi3.2
R. Brasier (W, 2-0)1.1
H. Velazquez (H, 2)0.1
B. Poyner (H, 3)0.1
J. Kelly (H, 21)0.1
H. Hembree1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Guerrieri
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 86-52, R. Tepera 19-11, J. Petricka 20-11, T. Guerrieri 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 8-5, R. Tepera 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 23, R. Tepera 4, J. Petricka 6, T. Guerrieri
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sale (12)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 26-14, B. Workman 20-10, N. Eovaldi 73-42, R. Brasier 17-12, H. Velazquez 2-2, B. Poyner 18-12, J. Kelly 8-5, H. Hembree 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Workman 1-1, N. Eovaldi 2-4, R. Brasier 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 5, B. Workman 4, N. Eovaldi 15, R. Brasier 4, H. Velazquez, B. Poyner 2, J. Kelly, H. Hembree 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Gurriel SS30100111.287.321.431.7522.5
D. Travis 2B41100011.238.283.393.6764.5
J. Smoak 1B40000012.246.353.467.820-0.5
K. Morales DH10000100.257.340.458.7982.0
J. Davis PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
a- Y. Solarte PH-DH10100000.233.287.396.6831.0
R. Grichuk RF40000034.244.300.483.782-1.5
K. Pillar CF40110010.247.275.412.6861.5
T. Hernandez LF30000021.242.301.477.778-1.0
b- D. Smith PH10000000.245.339.453.7920.0
A. Diaz 3B20000100.257.293.450.7431.0
c- R. Tellez PH10000000.421.450.8951.3450.0
D. Jansen C30100021.273.369.436.8060.0
Total31351031110-----
HITTERSAB
L. Gurriel SS3
D. Travis 2B4
J. Smoak 1B4
K. Morales DH1
J. Davis PR-DH0
a- Y. Solarte PH-DH1
R. Grichuk RF4
K. Pillar CF4
T. Hernandez LF3
b- D. Smith PH1
A. Diaz 3B2
c- R. Tellez PH1
D. Jansen C3
Total31
  • a-singled for Davis in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Diaz in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF31000111.340.432.6291.0611.5
A. Benintendi LF41110020.293.372.480.8523.0
J. Martinez DH41100000.331.401.6331.0342.0
X. Bogaerts SS31000112.289.362.525.8861.5
S. Pearce 1B20110100.290.380.530.9105.0
T. Lin PR01000000.196.275.239.5141.0
C. Vazquez C10000002.212.255.297.5530.0
I. Kinsler 2B40110012.249.308.398.7073.5
E. Nunez 3B31100101.261.286.384.6703.0
S. Leon C20000001.186.244.293.5380.0
a- B. Holt PH-1B11131000.260.348.370.7188.0
J. Bradley CF30100010.230.308.397.7050.5
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  • a-homered for Leon in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Gurriel (8), D. Travis (13)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (53)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Pillar (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel, R. Grichuk 3 (3), T. Hernandez, D. Jansen
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi (38)
  • 3B - S. Pearce
  • HR - B. Holt (4)
  • RBI - A. Benintendi (80), S. Pearce (37), I. Kinsler (45), B. Holt 3 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (15), B. Holt 3 (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, E. Nunez, S. Leon
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Travis (3), J. Davis
  • Picked Off - L. Gurriel
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Kinsler (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Kinsler (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Borucki6.13222504.261.4216.5
R. Tepera (L, 5-5) (BS, 8)0.21221113.711.24-8.5
J. Petricka0.23331004.991.61-7.0
T. Guerrieri0.10000001.690.560.0
Total8.0777461---
PITCHERSIP
R. Borucki6.1
R. Tepera (L, 5-5) (BS, 8)0.2
J. Petricka0.2
T. Guerrieri0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sale1.01000201.960.853.0
B. Workman1.00001102.411.132.5
N. Eovaldi3.23222404.221.184.0
R. Brasier (W, 2-0)1.10000201.650.8811.0
H. Velazquez (H, 2)0.10000003.291.500.0
B. Poyner (H, 3)0.11000001.721.09-1.0
J. Kelly (H, 21)0.10000104.111.270.5
H. Hembree1.00000104.021.383.5
Total9.05223110---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sale1.0
B. Workman1.0
N. Eovaldi3.2
R. Brasier (W, 2-0)1.1
H. Velazquez (H, 2)0.1
B. Poyner (H, 3)0.1
J. Kelly (H, 21)0.1
H. Hembree1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Guerrieri
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 86-52, R. Tepera 19-11, J. Petricka 20-11, T. Guerrieri 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 8-5, R. Tepera 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 23, R. Tepera 4, J. Petricka 6, T. Guerrieri
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sale (12)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 26-14, B. Workman 20-10, N. Eovaldi 73-42, R. Brasier 17-12, H. Velazquez 2-2, B. Poyner 18-12, J. Kelly 8-5, H. Hembree 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Workman 1-1, N. Eovaldi 2-4, R. Brasier 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sale 5, B. Workman 4, N. Eovaldi 15, R. Brasier 4, H. Velazquez, B. Poyner 2, J. Kelly, H. Hembree 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Martinez scored, Kinsler to third on wild pitch37
    Kinsler singled to deep left, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third36
    Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored35
  • 7TH INNING
    Holt homered to right, Lin and Nunez scored34
    Pearce tripled to deep center, Bogaerts scored31
  • 6TH INNING
    Pillar singled to center, Davis scored30
    Travis stole home Davis stole third, Travis scored20
    Travis stole home Davis stole second, Travis scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Heath Hembree relieved Joe Kelly
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • Dwight Smith hit for Teoscar Hernandez
    • Dw. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith flied out to deep left
    • Rowdy Tellez hit for Aledmys Diaz
    • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hector Velazquez relieved Ryan Brasier
    • Christian Vazquez catching
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to second
    • Bobby Poyner relieved Hector Velazquez
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smoak flied out to left
    • Yangervis Solarte hit for Jonathan Davis
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte singled to left
    • Joe Kelly relieved Bobby Poyner
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jake Petricka relieved Ryan Tepera
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored
    • JD. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to left center, Benintendi to third
    • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts fouled out to right
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to shortstop
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler singled to deep left, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third
    • Taylor Guerrieri relieved Jake Petricka
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Kinsler stole second, Ball, Martinez scored, Kinsler to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Brasier Pitching:
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz flied out to center
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • JD. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Pearce tripled to deep center, Bogaerts scored
    • Ryan Tepera relieved Ryan Borucki
    • Tzu-Wei Lin ran for Steve Pearce
    • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked
    • Brock Holt hit for Sandy Leon
    • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Holt homered to right, Lin and Nunez scored
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
    • D. Travis: Ball, Travis doubled to deep left
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak flied out to right, Travis to third
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
    • Jonathan Davis ran for Kendrys Morales
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Travis stole home Davis stole second, Travis scored, Travis stole home Davis stole third, Travis scored, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pillar singled to center, Davis scored
    • Ryan Brasier relieved Nathan Eovaldi
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to center
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Diaz lined out to center
    • D. Jansen: Jansen singled to right
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to right
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez singled to deep center
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Leon grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Morales popped out to third
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to deep center
    • JD. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Nathan Eovaldi relieved Brandon Workman
    • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
    • D. Travis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel picked off at first, pitcher to first, Travis grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Leon grounded out to third
    • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to left
    • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Betts flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Brandon Workman relieved Chris Sale
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to first
    • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez flied out to center
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to second, Pearce out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Sale Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep right
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Smoak struck out on foul tip
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morales hit by pitch
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
    • JD. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)