Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Reds made a bit of history on Friday night against the Cardinals as they won in their final at-bat for the fourth consecutive game to start the season. They’re the first team to do so since 1912. They are a comfortable 4-0 to start the season. The other four NL Central teams have yet to hit two wins. In fact, the Brewers are winless in their first four games.

Despite Joey Votto’s best effort — he hit a pair of two-run home runs off of John Lackey — the Reds entered the bottom of the eighth tied at 4-4. With one out, Billy Hamilton drew a walk and promptly stole second base for his seventh stolen base of the season in as many tries. With first base open, Votto was intentionally walked. Hamilton then advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and Votto stole second base. Todd Frazier lifted a Jordan Walden offering to right field, bringing Hamilton in from third base for the go-ahead run. Aroldis Chapman took the mound in the top of the ninth and worked around a one-out single to earn his second save of the season.

Elsewhere in baseball: the Red Sox outlasted the Yankees in 19 innings; the Tigers finally yielded their first earned run of the season; Mark Buehrle won his 200th career game; Justin Morneau homered for his 1,500th career hit and his Rockies are a surprising 4-0 to start the season.

Your Friday box scores:

Blue Jays 12, Orioles 5

Cubs 1, Rockies 5

Astros 5, Rangers 1

Nationals 1, Phillies 4

Twins 6, White Sox 0

Cardinals 4, Reds 5

Tigers 8, Indians 4

Mets 3, Braves 5

Red Sox 6, Yankees 5 (19 innings)

Pirates 6, Brewers 2

Royals 4, Angels 2

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)

Mariners 0, Athletics 12

Giants 0, Padres 1

Rays 9, Marlins 10 (10 innings)

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.