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Sale returns from DL, Red Sox become first to clinch

In his return from the disabled list, Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two of the five Blue Jay batters he faced in the Red Sox's 99th win of the season as they officially clinched a spot in the postseason.

Sale was on the disabled list from July 31 to Aug. 11 with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. Sale's last start with the Red Sox was a 4-1 win against the Orioles where he pitched five dominant innings, striking out 12. 

The left-hander's maximum for his return was set at 40 pitches but after throwing 26 in the first, Red Sox manager Alex Cora replaced Sale with right-hander Brandon Workman.

Sale is 12-4 this season with a 1.96 ERA in 24 starts. He leads American League pitchers in WAR (6.6), ERA and strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (13.5).

The Red Sox are the first MLB team to secure a playoff spot, and are tied for the sixth-fastest team to clinch a postseason berth since 1996. This will be the Red Sox's third consecutive postseason appearance, matching the longest streak in franchise history. Their magic number to clinch the American League East is 10.

Angels' no-hit bid falls short

The Los Angeles Angels found a way to make their otherwise unimportant game on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers notable -- namely, they pursued a combined no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings. Credit Isiah Kiner-Falefa for breaking things up with an opposite-field single.

The Angels started Jim Johnson and kept the relievers flowing all night, using seven pitchers to get through those 22 outs. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Johnson pitched the first inning and a third;

  • Noe Ramirez completed 1 2/3 innings;

  • Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, and Jose Alvarez pitched the fourth through seventh innings, one frame apiece.

  • Blake Parker took the eighth.

The Angels still have 11 no-hitters in franchise history. Nolan Ryan remains responsible for four of those, while Ervin Santana (July 27, 2011) and Jered Weaver (May 2, 2012) provided two within a year. Weaver's happens to serve as the most recent in Angels history.

Interestingly, the Angels have had one combined no-hitter, with that coming in April 1990. Mark Langston twirled seven innings and Mike Witt finished the final two frames.

This would've served as baseball's fourth no-hitter on the year. Previously James Paxton, Sean Manaea, and a Dodgers bunch that included Walker Buehler, Yimi Garcia, Adam Liberatore and Tony Cingrani had pulled off the feat. Those three games all happened within a three-week span between late April and early May.

The Angels would have set a new record for pitchers used in a no-hitter. The mark instead remains at six.

Cubs retain first

Entering Tuesday, the Cubs held a game lead over the Brewers thanks in part to a three-game losing streak. With a shutout victory courtesy of Jose Quintana (among others), the Cubs are now back to two games up.

This marked the sixth time this season the Cubs had shut out the Brewers, the most since 1928 when they pulled the same feat against the Reds, per the Chicago broadcast.

Quintana held Milwaukee to three hits and two walks across 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and eventually gave way to Justin Wilson, Jorge De La Rosa, and Pedro Strop -- the trio combined for 2 1/3 perfect innings, as well as three strikeouts on 28 pitches.

Offensively, the Cubs were paced by Victor Caratini, who drove in two runs and recorded his seventh double of the year. He was the only player on either side with multiple hits. 

Reds beat Dodgers ... again

The Dodgers just can't seem to beat the Reds.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles dropped another game to the Reds, losing by a 3-1 final. With the defeat, the Dodgers are 0-6 on the year against one of the worst teams in baseball. Ouch.

The Dodgers were done in by a trio of former Dodgers, as Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon homered and Jose Peraza added a double. Luis Castillo recorded a quality start, holding the Dodgers to one run over 6 1/3 innings while fanning nine and walking one.

On the night, the Dodgers tallied just five hits.

Los Angeles will enter Wednesday no better than 1 1/2 games back of the Rockies with 17 to go.

DeGrom sets record

Jacob deGrom didn't get a win on Tuesday -- of course he didn't -- but he did do something cool, breaking a big-league record by allowing three runs or fewer in a 26th consecutive game:

DeGrom finished his night having held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two on 106 pitches. His ERA on the season is now 1.71 -- that, nonetheless, has resulted in an 8-9 record.

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