Twenty minutes before Joe Kelly completed an epic bullpen meltdown by serving up a ninth-inning grand slam to Mark Teixeira in a 5-3 Red Sox loss, Boston had clinched the American League Eastern Division title thanks to an equally ugly ending (at least for the Blue Jays) in the Toronto/Baltimore game.
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Clay Buchholz (pictured) started for Boston and pitched an absolute gem - he allowed just one hit and two walks over six shutout innings. Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara each tossed a scoreless inning leading up to the ultimate mess at the end of the game.
The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a two-RBI double by Mookie Betts and a passed ball that allowed David Ortiz to score.
Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner - just the second New York hit of the night - and then proceeded to walk three in a row. Kelly got the next two batters out before Teixeira ended things with his fifteenth home run of the year.
The Toronto loss sealed the AL East for the Red Sox who still have a shot at the best record in the American League and home-field advantage through the playoffs.
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