The Houston Astros kept Boston's champagne on ice and also kept their own hopes for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs alive with a 3-2 decision over the Red Sox on Friday night.
The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back and take a step towards a series split after dropping games one and two on Thursday and Friday respectively.
There is no team hotter in baseball than the Houston Astros right now and they've now managed to win two straight games at Fenway Park.
If Boston and NY wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at Yankee Stadium for the division crown, with the loser getting a wild-card spot. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 3 1/3 innings in a 7-5 home loss to the Angels his last start. We've got a couple games left.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3: In Minneapolis, Brian Dozier marked Minnesota's return home after clinching a wild card on the road with a handful of highlights, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to spur the Twins past Detroit. Holliday scored on Jamey Carroll's shallow fly ball, capping a stunning, three-run rally in the 13th inning against Trevor Hoffman and leading the Rockies over the San Diego Padres 9-8 in a tiebreaker for the NL wild card. Both will get one more chance to make their case when Scherzer and the Nationals face Pittsburgh, while Kershaw and the Dodgers play at Colorado. After Kyle Schwarber struck out, Happ drove his 24th home run to left.
"It's a big number", head coach A.J. Hinch said. In the first five games of this season-ending seven-game homestand, Boston pitchers have compiled a 10.59 ERA. A repeat of a year ago when the Red Sox were swept in the ALDS would avoid this scenario altogether, although that's certainly not what we want. The Phillies are 35-37 since the All-Star break, but they own the National League's second-worst record at 64-95 and have clinched last place in the NL East. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run for the Red Sox.
Alex Bregman had an RBI single and two-run homer among his three hits and Charlie Morton (14-7) and four relievers combined on a four-hitter in Houston's fifth straight win. He should be tuning up for the postseason with two or three innings, not digging deep to avoid Game 162. Starters generally have three or more whereas relievers are generally limited to two pitches they can throw effectively. Pomeranz was lit up for five runs in just two innings in his last start, and I just have this weird feeling when I watch him pitch that there's something wrong, though I can't put my finger on it.
Chad Bettis (2-4) made one of the best starts this season for the Rockies since coming back from testicular cancer and returning to the rotation on August 14, giving up four hits and one run, and retiring the final 14 batters he faced. Anyhow, the loser of this one would host the Twins the very next day in the AL Wild Card Game.
The concept of a bullpen game in the postseason may seem far-fetched but so is expecting to win with Porcello or Fister. Reigning Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello has taken a couple steps back, posting a 4.65 ERA.
A Yankee for nine seasons, the 37-year-old left-hander will become a free agent after the season.