Red Sox eliminated from contention

Posted Sept. 29, 2010, at 12:21 a.m.
CHICAGO — Paul Konerko tied the game in the eighth inning with a run-scoring double and Dayan Viciedo won it with a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Boston’s slim playoff hopes were dashed were about an hour before the game ended. The Rays beat Baltimore 5-0 and New York defeated Toronto 6-1 to secure playoff berths and eliminate the Red Sox.
Chris Sale (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak.
Juan Pierre singled with one out in the ninth off Michael Bowden (0-1). Pierre stole second and third off reliever Michael Bowden, who then walked pinch-hitter Mark Teahen. Viciedo ended the game with a single off Matt Fox.
Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, Chicago’s Manny Ramirez led off the inning with a walk. Brent Lillibridge came in as a pinch-runner and stole second. Konerko doubled to right off Daniel Bard to tie the game at 4. Bard ended the inning by striking out Andruw Jones with runners on first and third.
David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox and John Lackey pitched six strong innings.
J.D. Drew homered and Adrian Beltre had two hits for Boston, which lost for the second time in six games.
Lackey allowed two runs, three hits and a walk while striking out five.
Carlos Quentin homered for the White Sox.
White Sox starter Edwin Jackson gave up four runs, three earned, struck out six and walked one.
Jackson allowed consecutive doubles in the second. Beltre led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on Jed Lowrie’s double.
Drew homered on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the third, his 21st of the season. Beltre drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
Ramirez led off the fourth with a single. Two outs later, Quentin hit his 26th homer to cut the Red Sox lead to 3-2.
Ortiz hit his 32nd homer in the sixth.
Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison gave up consecutive singles to Quentin and Alexei Ramirez in the seventh. Rich Hill relieved Atchison and retired the first batter he faced then gave up an RBI single to Brent Morel.
NOTES: C A.J. Pierzynski is unsure of his future with the White Sox. Pierzynski becomes a free agent after the season and has played the last six seasons with the White Sox. “Everyone knows where I stand with the White Sox and the people and the city,” he said. “I’ve never said that I don’t want to come back. The door is open. But we’ll see what happens. It takes two to do that, make it possible. We’ll see where it goes.” … Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left thumb. Boston expects Saltalamacchia to be ready fors pring training. … White Sox OF Alex Rios is day-to-day after fouling a ball off his left knee.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO — The New York Yankees clinched their 15th postseason berth in the last 16 years and CC Sabathia got his 21st win of the season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Derek Jeter scored three runs and drove in another for the Yankees, who have reached the postseason every year but one since 1996. New York missed the playoffs in 2008, finishing behind Tampa Bay and Boston.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who hold a half-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East, clinched a playoff berth Tuesday, beating Baltimore 5-0.

Sabathia (21-7) allowed one run and three hits in 8 1-3 innings to match Andy Pettitte’s 21 wins in 1996 and 2003 for the most victories by a Yankee since Ron Guidry went 22-6 in 1985.

The left-hander, who walked two and struck out eight, is 9-3 in 12 career starts against Toronto, including 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts at Rogers Centre.

Mariano Rivera got the final two outs for the Yankees.

Rays 5, Orioles 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their second playoff berth in three years Tuesday night, beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 behind another strong pitching performance by 19-game winner David Price.

Price (19-6) scattered six hits over eight innings and allowed only one runner past second base. He struck out eight and walked none in what likely will be his final start of the regular season.

The Rays entered Tuesday with a one-half game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit solo homers to support the 25-year-old left-hander before a crowd of 17,891 that joined in the celebration at Tropicana Field.

Dan Johnson and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs off Orioles starter Brad Bergensen (8-11).

Reds 3, Astros 2

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth to give Cincinnati a 3-2 victory over Houston on Tuesday night, sending the Reds to the postseason for the first time in 15 years.

The Reds, who won in their last at-bat for the 22nd time this season, won the NL Central title.

Aroldis Chapman (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth.

Bruce’s line-drive homer off Tim Byrdak (2-2) sent his teammates sprinting to home plate to pummel him while fireworks went off overhead.

Dusty Baker joined Bill McKechnie as the only managers to lead three different NL teams to the playoffs. Baker has made it with the Giants and Cubs.

Cincinnati finished fourth last season, its second under Baker, but the franchise thought it had the makings of something and kept the roster intact.

The Reds have struggled against other top teams. They have gone 58-28 against losing teams, only 30-41 against those with .500 or better records.

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