Astros keep Red Sox celebration on hold


Eduardo Nunez is expected to play in a simulated game on Sunday as he rehabs his injured knee. Most would say order has been restored this season, with the Red Sox and Yankees earning postseason berths in the same season for the first time since 2009. Warren hasn't pitched for NY since September 1. Chad Bettis picked up his second win since returning from testicular cancer, holding the NL West champs to one run over seven innings and retiring his last 14 batters.

INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 1 Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading AL Central champion Cleveland, the host, to a victory over Chicago.

1961 - Roger Maris ended a season of personal torment by hitting his 61st home run against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

ST. LOUIS - Chase Anderson worked into the eighth inning and Stephen Vogt knocked in three runs as Milwaukee knocked off St. Louis. He allowed a two-out, three-run double to Marwin Gonzalez in the first, then a two-run homer to Alex Bregman in the second. In his career, McCullers 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Boston. Reliever Justin Grimm pitched a one-two-three ninth inning for his first save of the season.

"We just have to go win another game", said outfielder Mookie Betts. 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. Third place represents their highest finish in the division since 2013. Last night, they reached 880 runs for the season before any other team had as many as 850 (and when only six other teams had at least 800). And when the Astros put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first, it looked like it would happen again, but Fister escaped and didn't fall behind until the third. Kennedy (5-13), who was 0-9 with a 6.13 ERA in 18 home starts since an August 20, 2016, victory over Minnesota, threw 86 pitches in five innings. The victor would get the division title and the loser relegated to the one-game wildcard against the Minnesota Twins.

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Left-hander Martin Perez carried a shutout into the seventh inning as Texas snapped its longest losing streak of the season by beating Oakland Athletics. The current five-game winning streak has done nothing to improve our chances of running down Cleveland for the best record in the American League, the Indians having become similarly unbeatable of late.

The concept of a bullpen game in the postseason may seem far-fetched but so is expecting to win with Porcello or Fister. Rafael Devers added an RBI double.

PHILADELPHIA - Behind three home runs, Philadelphia beat NY on the same day it announced that manager Pete Mackanin will not be retained following the 2017 season.

Thankfully for Boston, Yankees starter Sonny Gray fell apart in the fifth inning as the Rays scored seven runs to take an 8-4 lead en route to an eventual 9-6 victory.

With the rain intensifying, the manager came to the mound for a meeting. Matt Harvey (5-7, 6.70 ERA) took the loss, surrendering four runs while walking three and striking out three in his four innings.