Clay Buchholz had his longest outing since coming off the disabled list while David Ortiz joined some special company as the Red Sox hammered the Orioles 12-3 last night at Camden Yards. In doing so, John Farrell’s club is one step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.
While Buchholz didn’t have his best stuff, he held the Orioles to three runs over seven innings. He threw 113 pitches in the victory, his second-highest total of the season. He’ll finish the regular season at 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 16 starts. With his neck and shoulder issues in the past, the Red Sox have to feel pretty good about him going into the postseason.
David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, and Jonny Gomes all homered in the victory. For Ortiz, he now has his seventh career 30-homer, 100-RBI season. That ties him with Ted Williams for the club record.
With a 97-63 record, the Red Sox have at least clinched a tie for the best record in the AL. The Athletics currently sit at 95-65 with two games to go.
Your Friday box scores:
Red Sox 12, Orioles 3
Pirates 4, Reds 1
Brewers 4, Mets 2
Rays 3, Blue Jays 6
Tigers 2, Marlins 3
Angels 3, Rangers 5
Royals 6, White Sox 1
Phillies 0, Braves 1
Indians 12, Twins 6
Cubs 0, Cardinals 7
Yankees 3, Astros 2
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4
Athletics 8, Mariners 2
Rockies 0, Dodgers 11
Padres 3, Giants 7
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.