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Kevin Gausman sharp in Orioles' 7-0 win over Red Sox

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Kevin Gausman sharp in Orioles' 7-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- The way things started out, Kevin Gausman didn't feel comfortable that he'd have a long outing.

With some advice from catcher Caleb Joseph, he found his groove.

Gausman allowed four singles over 7 2/3 innings, Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox easily for the second straight day, 7-0 on Saturday.

"Early on I was kind of all over the place. Every fastball I threw was kind of riding up and in on a righty," Gausman said. "Caleb had to tell me after the second inning: `We have to start hitting our spots. We've gotten through two innings, but to be able to go deep into the game against these guys, that's what you have to be able to do.'"

It was the third straight win for the Orioles, who pounded Boston 16-3 a night earlier. Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer and posted his 95th RBI, a club record for second basemen, surpassing Roberto Alomar's 94 in 1996.

The AL East-leading Red Sox dropped their third straight and saw their lead sliced to 3 1/2 games over the second-place New York Yankees, who beat Seattle on Saturday.

Gausman (10-9) struck out five and walked three. Richard Bleier got one out and Darren O'Day retired the final three.

Wearing "Gausy" on his jersey for Players Weekend, Gausman was nasty, mixing a low-to-mid-90s fastball with breaking stuff to limit solid contact.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

It was Boston's third straight lopsided loss.

"These last couple games have been rough, but we've come back from a lot of games," Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts said.

The Orioles took control in the second. Mark Trumbo put Baltimore ahead with a single through the shortstop hole. Craig Gentry followed with a bloop RBI single to center before Beckham hit a 93 mph fastball off a billboard above the Green Monster seats after fouling off a few pitches.

"I didn't want him to get me looking on a fastball again," Beckham said. "He got me in my first at-bat."

In his previous start at Fenway Park, Gausman was tossed in the second inning for hitting Xander Bogaerts in the back with a pitch during a testy stretch between the clubs in May.

"The big inning, on a day when Gausman had his good stuff going, that hole was too big to dig out of," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The only thing that seemed to go wrong for the Orioles was when first baseman Davis stepped on shortstop Beckham's left foot when the infielders converged for Hanley Ramirez's popup. Beckham hobbled to the dugout after the inning-ending play and stayed in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: J.J. Hardy was scheduled to play another rehab game Saturday night for Triple-A Norfolk as he continues to work back from a broken right wrist. Manager Buck Showalter said Hardy's return was "hopefully not too far away."

Red Sox: 2B Eduardo Nunez was in the lineup after leaving Friday with a sprained left wrist and thumb. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia, on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, took grounders and hit during batting practice. Farrell said there won't be a return date "until he starts to fully run the bases and full functional work." ... Farrell also said that CF Jackie Bradley Jr. has a smaller splint for his sprained left thumb that landed him on the DL Wednesday.

NICE TOUCH

SS Bogaerts, C Christian Vazquez and LF Chris Young each wore a T-shirt with the picture of Ari Schultz on the front during BP. He was a 5-year-old heart transplant patient who died last month.

On the back were the words: "Ari we miss you."

Vazquez and Bogaerts visited Ari at his home about a week before he died and asked him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which was scheduled for Sunday.

SOLID OFFENSE

The Orioles entered the day seventh in the majors in total runs, but had allowed 31 more.

"Scoring runs hasn't been our problem," Showalter said. "It's keeping the other teams from scoring, especially from the starting standpoint."

UP NEXT

Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (7-10, 5.11 ERA) is slated to start the series finale Sunday.

Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (3-6, 4.78) is coming off a complete-game one-hitter when he allowed a homer to Cleveland's first batter on Tuesday.

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0