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Orioles clinch AL East title with 100th win of season

BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander homered and DL Hall struggled in the sixth inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 on Thursday night to clinch the AL East title. .

Dean Kremer (13-5) allowed two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight as the Orioles reached 100 wins for the sixth time in franchise history. for the first time since 1980. Baltimore prevailed in a brutally hard-fought division, relegating the Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Now, two years after losing 110 games, the Orioles will enter the postseason as the top seed in the American League.

It’s a night of celebration in Camden Yards. After the third inning, the team announced on the scoreboard that it had reached an agreement with the state that would keep the Orioles in Baltimore for at least the next 30 years. The team’s lease at Camden Yards expires at the end of 2023.

In the seventh inning, the scoreboard brought another treat for Baltimore fans – the presence of Orioles great Cal Ripken.

Baltimore has won the AL East five times in six years since the division began in 1969, but this is only the Orioles’ fifth division title since then and first since 2014. Baltimore last won a pennant and World Series in 1983.

The Orioles have to fight for the AL East title. Tampa Bay started the season with a 13-game winning streak and was 6 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore after winning at Camden Yards on May 8. But the Orioles took the final two games of the series, chasing the Rays and surpassing them shortly after. All-Star break.

Baltimore has gone 91 straight series without being swept in at least two decisions.

Santander hit a home run off Chris Sale (6-5) to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in Game 1. After the Red Sox put the men on first and third with one out in the sixth inning, Hall replaced Kramer and retired pinch-hitter Adam Duvall with a strikeout and a grounder. and Alex Verdugo.

Hall also worked on the seventh. Yennier Cano struck out with two outs in the eighth and Cionel Perez struck out Rafael with a grounder in the second of the third inning. Rafael Devers.

The Orioles added one run in the eighth inning on an RBI double from pinch-hitter Heston Kjestad. Then Tyler Wells pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season – and the party officially started.

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