Astros give MLB three 100-win teams for first time since 2003
The Houston Astros took down the Boston Red Sox with a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park for their 100th win of the MLB season on Friday.
The result gave MLB three 100-win teams for the first time since the 2003 season. Houston joined the Cleveland Indians (101) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (102) as the teams with 100 wins this year.
It is just the sixth time in MLB history that three teams have won at least 100 games in the same season.
Charlie Morton (14-7) gave the Astros a solid start while Alex Bregman's two-run home run in the fifth inning provided a lead Houston would never relinquish. The Red Sox threatened to tie the game in the sixth inning, but strikeouts by Francisco Liriano and Chris Devenski ended a bases-loaded scoring threat and Boston's chance to lock up the American League (AL) East title.
Boston's magic number remains at one as the New York Yankees stayed alive for the division title with a 4-0 over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees are now two back of the Red Sox in the AL East.
Toronto Blue Jays 0-4 New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds 4-5 Chicago Cubs
New York Mets 2-6 Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates 1-6 Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves 5-6 Miami Marlins
Baltimore Orioles 0-7 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 1-10 Cleveland Indians
Houston Astros 3-2 Boston Red Sox
Oakland Athletics 3-5 Texas Rangers
Detroit Tigers 3-6 Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-9 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-2 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 St Louis Cardinals
Seattle Mariners 5-6 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 0-8 San Francisco Giants
Masahiro Tanaka was nearly unhittable in the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. The 28-year old right-hander tossed seven innings of three-hit, no-run ball, but what was even more impressive was the 15 strikeouts he posted on a mere 103 pitches.
The pitching staff's 18 strikeouts today tied a franchise record for most in a 9-inning game! pic.twitter.com/7WyPyHXy24-- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 29, 2017
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 0-for-four with three strikeouts in a 10-1 loss to the Indians. Cleveland's magic number now stands at one for home-field advantage throughout the AL play-offs with two games remaining.
CUBS WIN THRILLER
The Cubs got a timely three-run homer from Ian Happ off Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen down two in the eighth inning to lift them to a 5-4 win.
DODGERS AT ROCKIES
The Rockies' magic number for the second National League wildcard spot now stands at one. Win Saturday and they are in. The problem is they have to go through Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.21 ERA). German Marquez (11-7, 4.38 ERA) will do all he can to lock up the play-off spot for the Rockies on their home field.