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After Sunday’s demoralizing loss to the New York Yankees, nearly all hope for the playoffs was lost. The magic number for both the Yankees and Rays to clinch the playoffs was at 1 heading into Monday’s games. Again, the resilient Red Sox bounced back to stave off elimination, and beat the White Sox in Chicago behind Clay Buchholz, 6-1. Remarkably, both the Yankees and Rays lost, keeping Boston’s unbelievably slim hopes alive for another day.
Buchholz was dominant, as he has been for most of 2010. Over eight innings, he allowed just one run on five hits and a walk and finished with five strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches over the eight frames, and lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.33 in earning his 17th win against just 7 losses this season.
For Chicago, Mr. Perfect Mark Buehrle was not very sharp, allowing four runs on 11 hits and a walk. Chicago relievers allowed two more runs in the seventh and ninth while the White Sox bats were stymied by Buchholz.
David Ortiz knocked in two to reach 100 RBI on the year. Not to be outdone, Adrian Beltre also knocked in two others, his 100th and 101st RBI. Victor Martinez finished with the other two RBI as part of a 3-4 effort as he continues to make more money on his next contract.
Big Papi has come full circle this season, nearly returning to the Papi of old. It was the sixth time in his big league career that he reached 100 RBI, and the first time since 2007 (though he did have 99 last season). Now, one of the big questions heading into the offseason is what are the Red Sox going to do with Ortiz? All indications are that he will return, but will it be under a new deal, or will the Red Sox bite the bullet and pick up his option?
Nitpicking here, but besides pinch hitter Lars Anderson (0-1), Hall was the only Red Sox player to fail to record a hit. He did reach base via walk though, in going 0-3.
W: Clay Buchholz (17-7)
L: Mark Buehrle (12-13)