Red Sox clinch playoff spot

Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Brock Holt hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday. — Reuters

BOSTON — The Red Sox became the first team to clinch a postseason berth this season, with pinch hitter Brock Holt’s three-run home run in the seventh inning sending Boston to a 7-2 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday.

This is third consecutive trip to the playoffs for the Red Sox, which ties the longest streak in franchise history.

Holt, batting for Sandy Leon in the seventh, hit his fourth homer of the season. He has hit both of Boston’s pinch-hit homers on the year.

Chris Sale started the game for Boston, allowing one hit and hitting a batter while striking out two in one inning. The short stint was planned for his first start since Aug. 12. He went on the disabled list six days later with mild inflammation in his left shoulder.

Braves 4, Giants 1: Mike Foltynewicz became just the seventh major-leaguer this season to throw two complete games, limiting host San Francisco to six hits in Atlanta’s win.

Charlie Culberson hit a two-run home run in the fifth, helping the Braves extend their lead in the National League East to a season-best 6 1/2 games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Foltynewicz (11-9) came within one out of becoming the first pitcher to throw two shutouts this season. Foltynewicz, who shut out Washington on June 1, walked one and struck out seven Tuesday. Atlanta posted its fourth consecutive win while San Francisco lost its 10th in a row.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0: Jose Quintana fanned seven batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and host Chicago held on for a shutout of Milwaukee.

Chicago increased its lead to two games over Milwaukee in the NL Central with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. The St. Louis Cardinals also are in the mix as they remained 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

Quintana (13-9), who gave up three hits and walked two, matched his single-season high for victories. The left-hander won his third straight decision and allowed two runs or fewer for the fifth outing in a row.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 5: Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer and Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs in St. Louis’ blowout win over visiting Pittsburgh.

St. Louis won its third straight, moving to within 1 1/2 games of Milwaukee for the top NL wild-card spot. Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (15-4) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings.

Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove (6-9) struck out eight and at one point retired 14 in a row, but he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. Corey Dickerson drove in two with a single and a double for Pittsburgh, which lost its second in a row.

Twins 10, Yankees 5: Joe Mauer capped a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam, and Minnesota roughed up New York in Minneapolis.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: Ketel Marte drove in four runs, Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Arizona beat Colorado in Denver.

Indians 2, Rays 0: Edwin Encarnacion and Yan Gomes homered, and rookie Shane Bieber picked up his 10th win as Cleveland snapped Tampa Bay’s franchise-record, 12-game home winning streak.

Astros 5, Indians 4: Tony Kemp and Tyler White hit two-run homers, Jose Altuve supplied a solo blast, and visiting Houston edged Detroit.

A’s 3, Orioles 2: Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty each drove in a run as Oakland defeated host Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series. The A’s have won five consecutive games. The Orioles have dropped five games in a row.

Reds 3, Dodgers 1: Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler hit home runs against their former organization, and Luis Castillo pitched 6 1/3 strong innings as Cincinnati continued its winning streak against visiting Los Angeles.

Marlins 5, Mets 3: Jacob deGrom continued to go unrewarded during a record-breaking season when the New York ace took the loss despite allowing just two runs over seven innings as the Mets fell to visiting Miami.

Nationals 3, Phillies 1 (Game 1): Spencer Kieboom hit his first major league home run on the first pitch after losing a tooth, and batterymate Erick Fedde threw 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, lifting Washington to a victory over host Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.

Nationals 7, Phillies 6 (Game 2, 10 innings): Juan Soto produced a crushing blow to Philadelphia’s playoff hopes, smacking a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning that gave visiting Washington a sweep of the teams’ doubleheader.

Angels 1, Rangers 0: Eight pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in Los Angeles’ victory over Texas in Anaheim, Calif.

Padres 2, Mariners 1: Wil Myers doubled home the go-ahead run off Edwin Diaz with one out in the top of the ninth inning as visiting San Diego defeated Seattle.

Royals 6, White Sox 3: Rookie Brad Keller gave up just one run in seven innings, and Hunter Dozier drove in two runs as host Kansas City knocked off Chicago. — Reuters