Red Sox fail again to clinch AL East, fall to Astros

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

BOS­TON The Bos­ton Red Sox once again failed to clinch the AL East ti­tle, 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.

In­di­ans 10, White Sox 1

Ed­win En­car­na­cion had a three-run dou­ble, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, lead­ing the AL Cen­tral cham­pion In­di­ans to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Fri­day night.

Cleve­land main­tained its one-game lead - and owns the tiebreaker - over Hous­ton for the best record in the AL with two games re­main­ing. The top seed will play the win­ner of the wild-card gam

Cubs 5, Reds 4

Ian Happ con­nected with a 98-mph fast­ball. And with one big swing, the Cubs were on their way.

Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning, and Chicago won for the 14th time in 17 games, beat­ing the Cincin­nati Reds on Fri­day.

Na­tion­als 6, Pi­rates 1

Stephen Stras­burg pitched 7 2/3 shutout in­nings and Ryan Zim­mer­man home­red twice to help the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 6-1 on Fri­day night.

Stras­burg gave up two hits and two walks while strik­ing out eight.

Phillies 6, Mets 2

Maikel Franco, Jorge Al­faro and Ce­sar Her­nan­dez all home­red to sup­port six strong in­nings from starter Ben Lively as the Philadel­phia Phillies de­feated the New York Mets 6-2 on Fri­day night.

Ear­lier in the day, the Phillies (65-95) an­nounced that man­ager Pete Mack­anin would not re­turn to the dugout in 2018. Mack­anin was given a role as a se­nior ad­vi­sor to gen­eral man­ager Matt Klen­tak.

Mar­lins 6, Braves 5

Gian­carlo Stan­ton went 2 for 4 with a sin­gle and a dou­ble and the Mi­ami slug­ger re­mained at 59 home runs as the At­lanta Braves beat the Mar­lins 6-5 on Fri­day night.

Mar­cell Ozuna drove in three runs to lead Mi­ami, which ral­lied from a 5-0 deficit and took the lead with a four-run sev­enth.

Rays 7, Ori­oles 0

Evan Lon­go­ria and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red Fri­day night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 vic­tory over the Baltimore Ori­oles.

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