Missed Opportunities Cost Red Sox in 3-2 Loss to Astros

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello watches from the dugout during the second inning at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday Sept. 27 2017

The Twins will be the road team in the AL Wild Card Game, likely against the Yankees, who have clinched a playoff berth.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 0: Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total in four major-leagues seasons, and host NY won for the fourth time in five games. It was the seventh time a NY starting pitcher struck out at least 15 and first instance Michael Pineda fanned 16 against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, 2015.

Angels 6, Mariners 5: Luis Valbuena hit a two-run, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to cap a four-run rally that lifted host Los Angeles.

The Sox have been in sole possession of first place since the end of play on August 1, but the AL East is the only division still undecided, and last night suggested quite a gap between the East and West.

While it's not certain how these Astros starters will feel coming out of an unfamiliar role in the bullpen, we've seen Joe Musgrove and Chris Devenski thrive after those demotions from the rotation to reliever. The 33-year-old has 36 home runs on the season after hitting a combined 36 home runs from 2014-16. Anderson (12-4) allowed three hits to earn his fourth victory in his last five starts. Vogt was 2-for-4 for the Brewers, delivering their first three runs.

A one-out walk loaded the bases, but Robertson retired Josh Donaldson on a sacrifice fly and struck out Justin Smoak to end the inning.

Boston is now 1-4 on their homestand. Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs to lead the way.

The AL West champion Astros won their fifth consecutive game and posted their 100th victory of the season.

The Dodgers have a one-game lead over the Indians for this one, and the Astros are two games out. Brian Duensing (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Reliever Justin Grimm pitched a one-two-three ninth inning for his first save of the season.

"It's just go win one game", the star outfielder said. Third place represents their highest finish in the division since 2013.

The Red Sox are running out of chances, but they'll get at least two more this weekend. And when the Astros put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first, it looked like it would happen again, but Fister escaped and didn't fall behind until the third. Carlos Beltran, Yuli Gurriel and Derek Fisher each contributed a base hit in the winning effort for Houston.Charlie Morton got the win to improve to 14-7 this season after giving up both runs on four hits while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work. Sometimes you go through those stretches and it's just kind of important for us to know that we've got to take it one game at a time.

Royals 2, Diamondbacks 1: Whit Merrifield hit a go-ahead home run and Ian Kennedy ended a franchise-record home winless streak in Kansas City's victory over Arizona. Whit Merrifield broke a 1-1 deadlock with a third-inning homer.

MIAMI - In a tale of two halves, visiting Atlanta scored early while Miami answered late for a comeback victory. Eduardo Escobar also homered and added a pair of RBI singles to help Minnesota crawl out of a 3-0 hole. But the Marlins answered with two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh inning. "There are still two games left in the season".

The Indians are one game ahead of the Astros in the race for top seed in the AL with two to play.

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