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Red Sox rally for 5-4 win over Reds, extend AL East lead

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer Friday night, and the Boston Red Sox extended their AL East lead to four games by overcoming Scooter Gennett's fourth grand slam of the season for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 5, Reds 4: Powered by Rafael Devers and steadied by David Price, the Red Sox came from behind to win the opener of a three-game interleague series at Great American Ballpark. Devers snapped a homerless drought of 116 plate appearances with a three-run shot in the fourth inning. Price tossed 2-2/3 innings of scoreless relief of Rick Porcello. It marked Price's second appearance since coming off the disabled list and being moved to the bullpen.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In his second relief appearance, David Price threw 40 pitches in 2-2/3 scoreless innings to hold a 5-4 lead. Once again, Price showed good power, touching 95 mph on his final pitch of the night. He gave up three hits and one walk and struck out four batters, including the side in the sixth inning. Overall, Price has now thrown five scoreless innings out of the Red Sox's bullpen.

Devers hits three-run shot (0:27)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tough to say what was more surprising: David Price batting for himself in the seventh inning, or David Price blooping a base hit into left field. Enormous smile on Price's face after reaching base. Haven't seen it much this season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers hits his first homer since Aug. 19, a three-run shot that gives Red Sox a 5-4 lead. Devers has gone 116 plate appearances without a homer after hitting eight in his first 84 big-league plate appearances.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scooter Gennett bashes his fourth grand slam of season, a Reds record, to put the Red Sox in a 4-1 hole. It's the league-leading 36th homer allowed by Rick Porcello this season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi, native of suburban Cincinnati, will have sizable rooting contingent here. "I don't know anyone who's not coming," the Red Sox left fielder said, uncertain of an exact number. Benintendi was honored at his old school in Madeira, Ohio, which had the fourth-grade chorus sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and "Sweet Caroline."


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Reds reliever Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, might get to face his dad's team here this weekend. Luke, who wears his father's No. 52, and John had breakfast today and walked to the ballpark together. "I don't know how many times this has happened in the history of baseball," Luke said. "It's a pretty cool experience."

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How to fix the Red Sox's biggest problem

Lack of power has been an issue for Boston all season, but should it be a concern come the postseason? Few things are more prized in October than bat-to-ball skills, and the Red Sox thrive in that department.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep in Philly with a 5-4 win, cutting their magic number to one. The Diamondbacks are off tonight, so the Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Friday with a win at home against the Giants or a Diamondbacks loss to Miami. Other magic numbers: Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card) Red Sox: 8 (to clinch AL East) Cubs: 8 (to clinch NL Central)

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Sale quick to 300 K's

Chris Sale reached 300 strikeouts in a season in the third-fewest innings ever. Only Randy Johnson and Pedro Martínez have done it faster.

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Strikeout milestone puts Sale in elite class

Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the year Wednesday vs. the Orioles. He joins Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan (twice) and Steve Carlton as the only players to achieve the feat in their first season with a team.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Chris Sale became the second-pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 K in a season, joining Pedro Martínez who did it in his Cy Young winning 1999 season.

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Red Sox ace Sale reaches 300-strikeout mark

Red Sox lefty Chris Sale struck out 13 Orioles on Wednesday night to reach the 300-strikeout mark for the season. With their 9-0 win and the Angels' 6-5 loss to Cleveland, the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale's most frequent strikeout victims in 2017: Aaron Judge and Steven Souza Jr. (10 apiece). Next up: Peter Bourjos and Jose Bautista (8 apiece).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout of the season by catching Ryan Flaherty looking. High-fives all around for Sale, who becomes only sixth lefty in AL history to fan 300 in a season and first since Randy Johnson in 1993.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25912th
On Base Percentage.33110th
Slugging Percentage.40826th
Earned Run Average3.623rd
Quality Starts862nd

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