Oct 3, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT
The Red Sox came through for the Rays, besting the Yankees in the final two games of a three-game series and giving Tampa Bay the AL East title in the process.
The Rays and Yankees entered the day with identical 95-66 records, but the Rays held the tiebreaker and thus clinched home-field advantage with the Yankees’ loss. The Rays went on to beat the Royals 3-2 in 11 innings, giving them an AL-high 96 victories.
Boston beat the Yankees 8-4 behind John Lackey’s second 10-strikeout game of the season and homers from J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie. Lowrie went deep twice, giving him a surprising nine homers in 172 at-bats.
The Yankees’ loss settled the playoff picture in the AL. The Bombers will travel to Minnesota as the league’s wild card entry. The Rays will play host to the Rangers.
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