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BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle hit a tiebreaking RBI double within the seventh inning and scored on an infield hit to guide the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles to their one hundred and first victory of the season, 5-2 over the last-place Boston Crimson Sox 5-2 on Saturday night time.
Baltimore (101-60), which hosts an AL Division Sequence beginning Oct. 7, is ending its winningest season since going 102-57 in 1979.
“I need our guys to grasp how nice of an accomplishment that’s,” supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned. “We gained each sequence towards the AL East. That’s an unbelievable accomplishment as properly with all of the expertise, how good the groups are in our division.”
After Boston’s Kutter Crawford allowed one hit in six innings, Josh Winckowski (4-4) gave up a single to Adley Rutschman main off the seventh. Pinch-runner Jorge Mateo stole second standing up, and Mountcastle doubled to proper with two outs for a 1-0 lead.
Heston Kjerstad’s infield single that second baseman Pablo Reyes couldn’t discipline enabled Mountcastle to attain from second.
Bruce Zimmermann (2-0), recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier within the day, pitched two scoreless innings in reduction of Kyle Gibson, who allowed seven hits in 5 scoreless innings.
Trevor Story’s RBI single infield single towards Jack Flaherty within the eighth lower Baltimore’s result in 2-1. Earlier than Story’s hit, Boston (77-84) had 10 hits with out scoring.
The Orioles added three runs within the eighth on Mateo’s pressure out that scored Jordan Westburg and Anthony Santander’s two-run single.
Crawford struck out seven with out strolling a batter.
Masataka Yoshida singled in a run within the ninth inning.
IT’S A RELIEF
Earlier than the sport, Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned that he’s contemplating utilizing Winckowski as a starter subsequent season. Winckowski is among the many main league leaders with 83 1/3 reduction innings.
Final 12 months, Gibson, who was a starter all season for the Philadelphia Phillies, was within the bullpen for the postseason. This season, he leads Baltimore with 15 wins and 192 innings, however his place within the postseason rotation isn’t sure.
“They’ll determine that out,” Gibson mentioned. “I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know that any of us actually do. Be prepared each time they let you know that it’s your probability to pitch and you are taking the ball whether or not it’s within the first inning, the fourth inning, the eighth inning.”
Crimson Sox: RHP Kenley Jansen, who was activated from the COVID-19 injured checklist on Sept. 23, gained’t pitch once more. He hasn’t appeared since Sept. 12.
Orioles: RHP Félix Bautista, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 25, will endure Tommy John surgical procedure subsequent month. He’s anticipated to return for the 2025 season.
Tanner Houck (5-10, 5.31) begins for the Crimson Sox towards the Orioles’ Kyle Bradish (12-7, 2.86). Supervisor Brandon Hyde says that Bradish, who may begin Recreation 1 of the American League Division Sequence on Oct. 7, could not pitch lengthy.
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