Astros prevent Red Sox from clinching American League East
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve catches the throw as he sets to tag out Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt on an attempted to steal second in eighth inning action. AP

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox once again failed to clinch the AL East, losing 3-2 to Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time).

The magic number for the Red Sox remained at one. Boston leads the New York Yankees by two games — both teams have two games left and they are each assured playoff spots.

If Boston and New York wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker on Monday at Yankee Stadium for the division crown, with the loser going to the wild-card game.

Bregman homered and drove in three runs for Houston, which reached 100 wins for the second time in team history. Charlie Morton (14-7) pitched into the sixth inning, and Ken Giles got three outs for his 34th save.


NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and the playoff-bound Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.

Tanaka (13-12) retired his first 14 batters before Ezequiel Carerra reached on an infield single up the middle. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Greg Bird had two hits and two RBI for New York, and Aaron Judge also drove in a run.

Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini (3-13) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

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