Red Sox Become Quickest MLB Team To Reach 100 Wins Since 2001 With 1-0 Victory Vs. Blue Jays
The Boston Red Sox (100-46) made history at Fenway Park on Wednesday night by becoming the quickest team in Major League Baseball to win 100 games since 2001.
The squad — which is also the first MLB franchise this year to secure a playoff spot — accomplished the feat with a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, their 146th contest of the season. The previous team to attain the 100-win mark is the Seattle Mariners, who in 2001 notched their 100th triumph after 140 games. Seattle also earned an MLB-high 116 games that year.
The last time the Red Sox won 100 or more games in one campaign was in 1946, when they finished 104-50 and eventually fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Boston manager Alex Cora said he was thrilled about his team’s achievement, but noted the Red Sox have many more objectives this year and in the coming years.
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“Don’t get me wrong, 100 is 100,” Cora told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “But we’ve got bigger goals.”
Undoubtedly one of the stars of Wednesday’s victory was pitcher David Price. The left-hander tossed seven shutout innings during which he struck out seven batters and gave up just three singles and zero walks. The starter’s incredible performance came just one day after he said he has no intention of opting out of his contract after the 2018 season ends. Price, 33, is in the third year of a franchise-record seven-year, $217 million deal. The pitcher said his is determined to help the Red Sox win in the postseason.
The New York Yankees (90-56) now sit ten games behind the Red Sox for second in the AL East. New York’s wild-card lead has been cut to one game after losing to the Twins 3-1 in Minnesota on Wednesday.