NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees wrapped up the AL East title and home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a neat bow, beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Sunday for their 100th win of the season.
Hideki Matsui’s go-ahead single in the sixth inning energized the damp fans and put them on notice that a party was coming. The first real celebration at the new Yankee Stadium began with a most familiar scene — Mariano Rivera on the mound, closing out another clinching victory.
Catcher Jose Molina leaped up from behind the plate even before Rivera had fielded Jacoby Ellsbury’s soft comebacker for the final out. The Yankees swarmed Rivera on the first-base side of the mound while players in the bullpen streamed in.
CLEVELAND — Kelly Shoppach hit a three-run homer, David Huff pitched eight innings and the Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore to extend the Orioles’ skid to 10 games.
The Orioles have scored 29 runs during the streak, which matches their 10-game slide Sept. 17-26, 2008 — but is far from the team record of 21 consecutive losses to open the 1988 season.
TORONTO — Pinch-hitter Adam Lind had a tying RBI single in the eighth inning and Rod Barajas followed with a go-ahead double, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally for another dramatic victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Toronto grabbed the lead with three runs in the eighth one day after Lind homered twice, including a game-ending solo drive in the 10th inning, to power the Blue Jays to a 5-4 win that included Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki’s first career ejection.
CHICAGO — Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in his second straight game, rookie Daniel Hudson earned his first major league victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers for their third win in 11 games.
Hudson (1-1) outpitched All-Star Edwin Jackson (13-8) over six solid innings, and Quentin broke it open with a drive to right that capped a four-run eighth and made it 8-2.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Zack Greinke worked out of several jams in seven innings to bolster his AL Cy Young Award chances and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a three-run homer, helping the Kansas City Royals win their home finale over the Minnesota Twins.
Greinke (16-8) worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the third inning and escaped two other tight spots to drop his baseball-best ERA to 2.06.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Fernando Perez drove home the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning for Tampa Bay, which overcame a five-run deficit to beat Texas, spoiling the Rangers’ home finale and hurting their already slim playoff hopes.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kendry Morales homered and drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their first four-game losing streak of the season with a victory over the Oakland Athletics.