Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Sox Nab Second Straight AL East Crown, Win, 6-3

It took 161 games, but your 2017 Carmine Hose pulled it off. For the first time in franchise history, the Red Sox are American League East Champions for the second consecutive season. Boston made sure that nothing The Bronx Embalmers did today mattered. Hanley Ramirez got the scoring started in the fourth inning on a ground single just past Jose Altuve. A second run came in the same inning on a double by rookie 3B Rafael Devers. In the fifth, Andrew Benintendi delivered a third run and then Mitch Moreland plated two more with a double. Capping off the scoring was a Mookie Betts solo HR (his 24th). Drew Pomeranz ended the team's string of bad starting performances with six solid innings—giving up just one earned run. And, David Price delivered another stopper performance striking out two and leaving the bases loaded in the seventh in the eventual 6-3 win. This was a typical full-team win that every player knew was sorely needed. Now, Chris Sale will be rested for Game 1 of the ALDS in Houston on Thursday. Congrats, Red Sox! (Getty Images)