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Sale 1st in AL with 300 Ks since 1999

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BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Sale was at his very best - right down to his momentous last pitch - in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Los Angeles Angels lost 6-5 to the Cleveland Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival New York Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.


AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name RBI
1 N. Cruz, Sea111
2 J. Schoop, Bal105
3 J. Upton, LAA104
4 K. Davis, Oak102
5 A. Judge, NYY101
6 J. Abreu, CWS98
7t E. Encarnacion, Cle97
7t A. Pujols, LAA97
9t M. Betts, Bos96
9t N. Mazara, Tex96
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NL Runs Batted In
Rank Name RBI
1 N. Arenado, Col125
2 G. Stanton, Mia120
3 P. Goldschmidt, Ari117
4 M. Ozuna, Mia115
5 A. Rizzo, ChC106
6t J. Lamb, Ari102
6t R. Zimmerman, Was102
8 A. Duvall, Cin97
9t A. Rendon, Was96
9t T. Shaw, Mil96
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