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Sale 1st in AL with 300 Ks since 1999

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BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Sale was at his very best - right down to his momentous last pitch - in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Los Angeles Angels lost 6-5 to the Cleveland Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival New York Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.


Stanton hits 56th HR, Marlins sweep Mets

MIAMI (AP) Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.

Now he needs only five more for 61.


Judge hits No. 45 as Yanks sweep Twins

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius took away one of Derek Jeter's titles.

Jeter always will be remembered for leading the Yankees to five World Series championships. In his third season as Jeter's replacement, Sir Didi surpassed his predecessor for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop in a season.


Indians beat Angels for 26th win in 27

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) This has been one amazing run for Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians.

Lindor snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer and the remarkable Indians held off the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Wednesday night for their 26th victory in 27 games.


Girl hit by Yanks' foul ball in hospital

NEW YORK (AP) A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

The Yankees said the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, and New York manager Joe Girardi said he had been told by team security that she was OK. The game was delayed for about 4 minutes while she was attended to and then carried from the seats in the bottom of the fifth inning.


Rockies fall again but WC lead remains 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jonathan Lucroy is confident the Colorado Rockies will find their swagger again, and fast. Their playoff hopes depend on it.

If the rookies dressing up in Denver Broncos jerseys for a flight to Southern California does the trick to loosen up this group, the catcher is all for it.


Cards rout Reds, move within 2.5 of WC

CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals' best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn't mind seeing a replay.

"I'll go rewatch it," Matheny said after the 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. "Good starting pitching, clean defense, clean bullpen, timely hitting, got momentum early. I'm really looking forward to (Thursday)."


Arizona overcomes Renfroe's 3 HRs in win

SAN DIEGO (AP) The ball was flying out of Petco Park like never before on Wednesday night, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks get back on track even as the San Diego Padres made some history.

David Peralta hit a leadoff homer and added a go-ahead double in the seventh for the Diamondbacks, who scored 11 runs in the final four innings and overcame rookie Hunter Renfroe's three homers as the NL wild card leaders beat the Padres 13-7.


Brewers lose to Bucs, can't even WC race

PITTSBURGH (AP) Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel shook off catcher Jett Bandy with two outs in the ninth, confident he could get an inside fastball past Pittsburgh's Adam Frazier.

For the first time in two months, Knebel couldn't. And a chance to pull even in the fight for the second National League wild-card spot vanished when Frazier turned on a Knebel offering and sent it to the first row of seats in right field for a two-run home run that lifted the Pirates to a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night.

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