'Complete' Effort By Sox Drops Magic Number To Nine
Rick Porcello was dominant (four hits) and efficient (89 pitches)—hurling a complete game on the way to his 21st win of the year. The 5-2 Boston victory dropped their Magic Number to clinch the AL East flag down to nine. The offense was paced by the long ball—dual two-run HRs by Mookie Betts (#31) and David Ortiz (#35). Dustin Pedroia knocked in the other Red Sox run. With their fifth straight win, The Carmine Hose are beginning to put separation between themselves and their two chief rivals—as they now enjoy a four-game advantage over both Baltimore and Toronto. Just twelve games remain in the regular seasons and things are looking very good.