The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 6-2 on Monday, earning their 106th victory of the season. That’s a new franchise record, surpassing 105 wins in 1912.
Nathan Eovaldi got the start, fanning 10 batters while yielding only one run on four hits with no walks over five innings. MVP candidate Mookie Betts homered again, drilling a two-run homer off of Dylan Bundy as part of a four-run second inning.
The Red Sox have wrapped up the AL East and clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only thing left for them to do is to get ready for the postseason. In the ALDS, they will face the winner of the Yankees-Athletics AL Wild Card game (the home team in this matchup has yet to be determined, as the Yankees lead by only two games).
In the final week of the season, the Red Sox have two more games with the Orioles and three with the Yankees. It is feasible that they get to 110 wins. If they do, it will be just the seventh 110-plus-win season in baseball history. The others: 1906 Cubs (116-36), 1909 Pirates (110-42), 1927 Yankees (110-44), 1954 Indians (111-43), 1998 Yankees (114-48), 2001 Mariners (116-46).