Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the ''106'' went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.

Scoreboards flashed ''106 Wins.'' Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.

''You think about all the history of the game and the history of this franchise,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Monday night to earn their record 106th victory and clinch home-field advantage through the postseason.

''To be part of this, I can't even explain it. We should call timeout and enjoy this one,'' said Cora, who is in his first year as manager. ''We know what we want to do in October, but this one ... for us to do it is amazing.''

Mookie Betts had a pair of hits to leave his major league-best batting average at .343, and Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in the major leagues this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far.

For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and (most likely) Oakland.

''I know how it gets here in the playoffs,'' said Cora, who played on the team from 2006-08 and was a bench coach with the Astros when they beat Boston in the divisional round last year. ''It's a special place, and it's a tough place for the visitors in the postseason.''

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

PEP TALKS

Cora said he spoke to the team after the game, and so did injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the longest-tenured member of the team.

''Enjoy it,''' Betts recalled Cora saying. ''We've got a great group of guys, a special group of guys. Finish out strong before the playoffs start.''

LOSING SIDE

The Orioles (45-111) matched the franchise record for defeats set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who went 43-111. They became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 1/2 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

HOW THEY SCORED

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

FOR STARTERS

Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but throwing a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. ''I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when,'' Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

UP NEXT

LHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2) will start for Baltimore

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BAL45-111
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BOS106-51
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  • W: N. Eovaldi (6-7)L: D. Bundy (8-16)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (32)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF30000121.262.340.407.7460.0
T. Mancini 1B-LF40100022.242.300.414.7130.0
J. Villar SS30000121.263.325.389.7140.0
A. Jones LF-RF30010001.280.310.418.7271.0
D. Stewart RF20000020.259.344.593.936-1.0
a- J. Rickard PH-RF10000000.245.303.417.7200.0
b- C. Joseph PH-1B10100000.200.250.200.4501.0
T. Beckham DH41100021.225.281.369.6501.0
R. Nunez 3B40300000.257.318.413.7313.0
S. Wilkerson 2B30000023.207.281.276.557-1.0
C. Joseph C31100011.217.254.319.5731.5
HITTERSAB
C. Mullins CF3
T. Mancini 1B-LF4
J. Villar SS3
A. Jones LF-RF3
D. Stewart RF2
a- J. Rickard PH-RF1
b- C. Joseph PH-1B1
T. Beckham DH4
R. Nunez 3B4
S. Wilkerson 2B3
C. Joseph C3
  • a-popped out for Stewart in the 7th
  • b-?? for Rickard in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF52221020.343.434.6391.07310.0
A. Benintendi LF40210110.285.363.460.8235.5
J. Martinez DH20000222.328.402.6221.0231.0
X. Bogaerts SS40210001.286.357.509.8663.0
R. Devers 3B40000015.237.294.418.712-0.5
S. Pearce 1B31100102.286.382.510.8914.0
B. Holt 2B31110100.274.361.401.7615.0
C. Vazquez C41110002.213.256.291.5473.0
J. Bradley CF41100011.232.311.400.7111.5
    BATTING
    • SF - A. Jones (4)
    • RBI - A. Jones (61)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins, A. Jones, S. Wilkerson 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Pearce (14), B. Holt (17)
    • HR - M. Betts (32)
    • RBI - M. Betts 2 (80), A. Benintendi (84), X. Bogaerts (96), B. Holt (43), C. Vazquez (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (34)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts, R. Devers 2 (2), S. Pearce 2 (2), C. Vazquez 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - J. Villar (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (29), A. Benintendi (21)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hart-Joseph-Nunez)
    • E - C. Joseph (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Holt-Pearce)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Bundy (L, 8-16)3.05443515.491.42-5.5
    D. Hart1.04221006.112.32-4.0
    S. Gilmartin4.01001202.881.2011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Bundy (L, 8-16)3.0
    D. Hart1.0
    S. Gilmartin4.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Eovaldi (W, 6-7)5.041101003.881.1422.0
    E. Rodriguez2.01000203.731.266.0
    J. Kelly0.11112104.501.36-3.5
    R. Brasier (H, 10)0.20000001.710.790.0
    M. Barnes1.01000003.281.192.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Eovaldi (W, 6-7)5.0
    E. Rodriguez2.0
    J. Kelly0.1
    R. Brasier (H, 10)0.2
    M. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 90-56, D. Hart 29-18, S. Gilmartin 54-32
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 2-2, D. Hart 1-1, S. Gilmartin 7-3
    • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 17, D. Hart 7, S. Gilmartin 14
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Eovaldi 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 84-58, E. Rodriguez 24-15, J. Kelly 16-8, R. Brasier 7-5, M. Barnes 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 4-1, M. Barnes 2-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 19, E. Rodriguez 7, J. Kelly 4, R. Brasier, M. Barnes 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BAL45-111
    000010010271
    BOS106-51
    04020000X6100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Mullins CF30000121.262.340.407.7460.0
    T. Mancini 1B-LF40100022.242.300.414.7130.0
    J. Villar SS30000121.263.325.389.7140.0
    A. Jones LF-RF30010001.280.310.418.7271.0
    D. Stewart RF20000020.259.344.593.936-1.0
    a- J. Rickard PH-RF10000000.245.303.417.7200.0
    b- C. Joseph PH-1B10100000.200.250.200.4501.0
    T. Beckham DH41100021.225.281.369.6501.0
    R. Nunez 3B40300000.257.318.413.7313.0
    S. Wilkerson 2B30000023.207.281.276.557-1.0
    C. Joseph C31100011.217.254.319.5731.5
    Total33271021510-----
    HITTERSAB
    C. Mullins CF3
    T. Mancini 1B-LF4
    J. Villar SS3
    A. Jones LF-RF3
    D. Stewart RF2
    a- J. Rickard PH-RF1
    b- C. Joseph PH-1B1
    T. Beckham DH4
    R. Nunez 3B4
    S. Wilkerson 2B3
    C. Joseph C3
    Total33
    • a-popped out for Stewart in the 7th
    • b-?? for Rickard in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF52221020.343.434.6391.07310.0
    A. Benintendi LF40210110.285.363.460.8235.5
    J. Martinez DH20000222.328.402.6221.0231.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40210001.286.357.509.8663.0
    R. Devers 3B40000015.237.294.418.712-0.5
    S. Pearce 1B31100102.286.382.510.8914.0
    B. Holt 2B31110100.274.361.401.7615.0
    C. Vazquez C41110002.213.256.291.5473.0
    J. Bradley CF41100011.232.311.400.7111.5
    Total33610615713-----
      BATTING
      • SF - A. Jones (4)
      • RBI - A. Jones (61)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins, A. Jones, S. Wilkerson 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Pearce (14), B. Holt (17)
      • HR - M. Betts (32)
      • RBI - M. Betts 2 (80), A. Benintendi (84), X. Bogaerts (96), B. Holt (43), C. Vazquez (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts, R. Devers 2 (2), S. Pearce 2 (2), C. Vazquez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - J. Villar (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (29), A. Benintendi (21)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hart-Joseph-Nunez)
      • E - C. Joseph (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Holt-Pearce)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 8-16)3.05443515.491.42-5.5
      D. Hart1.04221006.112.32-4.0
      S. Gilmartin4.01001202.881.2011.0
      Total8.01066571---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 8-16)3.0
      D. Hart1.0
      S. Gilmartin4.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi (W, 6-7)5.041101003.881.1422.0
      E. Rodriguez2.01000203.731.266.0
      J. Kelly0.11112104.501.36-3.5
      R. Brasier (H, 10)0.20000001.710.790.0
      M. Barnes1.01000003.281.192.0
      Total9.07222130---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi (W, 6-7)5.0
      E. Rodriguez2.0
      J. Kelly0.1
      R. Brasier (H, 10)0.2
      M. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 90-56, D. Hart 29-18, S. Gilmartin 54-32
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 2-2, D. Hart 1-1, S. Gilmartin 7-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 17, D. Hart 7, S. Gilmartin 14
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Eovaldi 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 84-58, E. Rodriguez 24-15, J. Kelly 16-8, R. Brasier 7-5, M. Barnes 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 4-1, M. Barnes 2-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 19, E. Rodriguez 7, J. Kelly 4, R. Brasier, M. Barnes 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Joseph scored, Mullins to third26
      • 5TH INNING
        Beckham scored, Nunez to second on wild pitch16
      • 4TH INNING
        Bogaerts singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second06
        Benintendi reached on an infield single to second, Bradley scored, Betts to third05
      • 2ND INNING
        Betts homered to left, Vazquez scored04
        Vazquez singled to center, Holt scored02
        Holt doubled to deep left, Pearce scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Ryan Brasier
        • C. Joseph: Joseph reached on an infield single to second
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Beckham grounded out to second, Joseph out at second
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Kelly relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • C. Joseph: Joseph singled to right
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mullins walked, Joseph to second
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Villar walked, Joseph to third, Mullins to second
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Joe Kelly
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Joseph scored, Mullins to third
        • Corban Joseph hit for Joey Rickard
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Villar picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Strike (foul tip), Bradley lined out to left
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Joey Rickard hit for D.J. Stewart
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Rickard popped out to first
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to second
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to second
        • B. Holt: Holt grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Eduardo Rodriguez relieved Nathan Eovaldi
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini flied out to deep right
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Villar flied out to center
        • A. Jones: Jones flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gilmartin Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts popped out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts singled to left center, Martinez to third
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Beckham reached on an infield single to third
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez singled to deep left, Beckham to third
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beckham scored, Nunez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wilkerson struck out looking
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Sean Gilmartin relieved Donnie Hart
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Holt grounded out to first
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
        • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones lined out to right
        • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Donnie Hart relieved Dylan Bundy
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bradley reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts singled to right, Bradley to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts stole second, Foul, Ball, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second, Bradley scored, Betts to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Benintendi to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left, Betts scored, Benintendi to third, Martinez to second
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers reached on a double play pitcher to catcher to third, Benintendi out at home, Martinez out at third, Bogaerts to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pearce flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Joseph grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mullins struck out looking
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Devers popped out to shortstop
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
        • B. Holt: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Pearce to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Stewart struck out on foul tip
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to right center
        • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce doubled to deep left
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holt doubled to deep left, Pearce scored
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez singled to center, Holt scored
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts homered to left, Vazquez scored
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mullins grounded out to first
        • T. Mancini: Mancini singled to left
        • J. Villar: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Mancini out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Benintendi stole third, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)