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Red Sox clinch playoff spot with win over Blue Jays
September 13, 2018
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BOSTON: The Boston Red Sox became the first team to clinch a postseason berth this season, with pinch hitter Brock Holt’s three-run home run in the seventh inning sending Boston to a 7-2 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

This is third consecutive trip to the playoffs for the Red Sox, which ties the longest streak in franchise history.

Holt, batting for Sandy Leon in the seventh, hit his fourth homer of the season. He has hit both of Boston’s pinch-hit homers on the year.

Chris Sale started the game for Boston, allowing one hit and hitting a batter while striking out two in one inning. The short stint was planned for his first start since Aug. 12. He went on the disabled list six days later with mild inflammation in his left shoulder.

Mike Foltynewicz became just the seventh major-leaguer this season to throw two complete games, limiting host San Francisco Giants to six hits in Atlanta Braves’ 4-1 win.

Charlie Culberson hit a two-run home run in the fifth, helping the Braves extend their lead in the National League East to a season-best 6 1/2 games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Foltynewicz (11-9) came within one out of becoming the first pitcher to throw two shutouts this season. Foltynewicz, who shut out Washington on June 1, walked one and struck out seven Tuesday. Atlanta posted its fourth consecutive win while San Francisco lost its 10th in a row.

Jose Quintana fanned seven batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and host Chicago Cubs held on for a shutout of Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.

Chicago increased their lead to two games over Milwaukee in the NL Central with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. The St Louis Cardinals also are in the mix as they remained 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

Quintana (13-9), who gave up three hits and walked two, matched his single-season high for victories. The left-hander won his third straight decision and allowed two runs or fewer for the fifth outing in a row. Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer and Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs in St Louis Cardinals’ 11-5 blowout win over visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

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