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88-64, 1st in AL East

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Sale 'unaware' he hit 300 Ks (1:02)
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Sale reaches 300 Ks as Red Sox top O's (0:41)

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Chris Sale became the second-pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 K in a season, joining Pedro Martínez who did it in his Cy Young winning 1999 season.

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Red Sox ace Sale reaches 300-strikeout mark

Red Sox lefty Chris Sale struck out 13 Orioles on Wednesday night to reach the 300-strikeout mark for the season. With their 9-0 win and the Angels' 6-5 loss to Cleveland, the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale's most frequent strikeout victims in 2017: Aaron Judge and Steven Souza Jr. (10 apiece). Next up: Peter Bourjos and Jose Bautista (8 apiece).

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Sale reaches 300 K's on the season (0:32)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout of the season by catching Ryan Flaherty looking. High-fives all around for Sale, who becomes only sixth lefty in AL history to fan 300 in a season and first since Randy Johnson in 1993.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Sale with his 13th strikeout of the game and 300th of the season! He's the first AL pitcher to get there since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and just the seventh lefty in AL history, joining Rube Waddell, Sam McDowell, Randy Johnson, Mickey Lolich and Vida Blue.

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Marrero pads Boston's lead with long ball (0:30)
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Betts lines 23rd homer to give Red Sox lead (0:25)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

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What to watch for on Wednesday night

As the Red Sox go for the sweep against the Orioles (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App), all eyes should be on Chris Sale, who has a chance to be the first AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to top 300 strikeouts in a season.

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Sox's pen gets better with pressure

Boston's bullpen has been one of the best in baseball all season, but it has been particularly effective later in games, as shown in consecutive extra-innings victories. The group has allowed just eight runs in 57 2/3 innings pitched after the ninth this season, good for the best ERA in MLB.

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Red Sox win in 11 innings for second straight night (0:59)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The good news for the Red Sox? They won another extra innings affair, their 15th OT win of the year (tying a franchise record). The bad news? They went scoreless for 10 innings, then needed an infield hit, two walks, and a wild pitch to score the game's only run. A solo homer would've been so much easier. But the BoSox don't do homers. Not this year, anyway.

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Red Sox score on O's wild pitch in the 11th (0:21)
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Bradley Jr. makes fantastic leaping catch at the wall (0:21)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi just hosed Manny Machado, who was trying to score from second on a Jonathan Schoop single. Wasn't particularly close either. It's Benintendi's 10th assist on the season. Among AL outfielders, only Melky Cabrera and Jarrod Dyson have more.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs73910th
Batting Average.26011th
On Base Percentage.33110th
Slugging Percentage.40826th
Earned Run Average3.624th
Quality Starts862nd
WHIP1.244th
BAA.2439th