Mighty Red Sox in no mood to stop at 100 wins

Sports | 14 Sep 2018

The scoreboards at Fenway Park were all flashing "100 WINS" to celebrate the Boston Red Sox reaching the milestone for the first time since 1946. Winning pitcher David Price was already thinking about No 101.

"That's what we've done all year," the left-hander said, after pitching seven innings of three-hit ball to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0. "That's why we have 100 wins right now."

Price struck out seven to record his sixth straight decision, leaving after 92 pitches with a lead earned when Rafael Devers scampered home on a wild pitch by Aaron Sanchez in the fifth inning.

Price is unbeaten in 11 starts and is 5-0 with a 1.56 earned-run average in five starts since Major League Baseball's All-Star break.

Steven Wright pitched the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 39th save.

Meanwhile, Boston's magic number for clinching the American League East dropped to seven over the second-place New York Yankees.

"Don't get me wrong; 100 is 100. But we've got bigger goals, obviously," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "Today we got closer to one of those goals."

A night after becoming the first team to clinch a playoff spot, Boston won for the 10th time in 14 games, moving a season-high 54 games above .500 for the first time since the 1946 team of Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio went 104-50.

The Red Sox need only to go 6-10 the rest of the season to break the franchise record of 105 wins, set in 1912. Boston also won 101 games in 1915.

"Somebody just told me [100 wins] has been done three times here, and the last one was 70-something years ago," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "I think that speaks for itself."

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