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Kalish happy to help Sox with pinch-hit in 10th

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Kalish happy to help Sox with pinch-hit in 10th

Ryan Kalish wasn't in the starting lineup, but he played a huge role in the comeback win.

Kalish pinch-hit for Brent Lillibridge in the top of the 10th and blasted a double to right. From there, he took third on a Dustin Pedroia's single and scored on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly.

"I can't be more happy to be a part of this win," said Kalish. "Obviously, they were playing us tight and there weren't a lot of runs scored in this series. It was just huge to help out."

As a young player, Kalish doesn't have a lot of pinch-hitting experience, but he likes the challenge those situations present.

"I don't really mind it," he said. "It's just another (situation) where you can show your value, your use. You go up there and just try to have something happen. You just keep it light. There's pressure, but then again, there's really none because you haven't been in the game the whole time. You're just up there trying to put a good swing on something.

"I kind of find it fun."

Matched against Brandon League, Kalish was trying to "stay aggressive, see a good pitch early -- because they're trying to get ahead. They're going to put something over the plate and I was just ready for it."

BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

1:00 - Shaughnesy, Drellich and Merloni give their leading off impressions regarding the Red Sox

4:00 - Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox team, and why he will not be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason

9:00 - Does our Baseball Show crew have a problem with the Red Sox letting Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning so he could get his 300th strikeout?

15:00 - Jared Carrabis joins the Baseball Show crew to discuss what matches he likes for the Red Sox in the playoffs. 

17:00 - Jared Carrabis on how would the Red Sox match up against the Yankees in the playoffs

20:00 - How does Jared Carrabis think about the use of David Price as a relief pitcher?

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

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Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

CINCINNATI - Mookie Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds that moved them closer to the AL East title.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown for the first time in franchise history.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

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