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BOSTON -- The Red Sox clubhouse was quiet after the team clinched its first post-season berth since 2009, about as quiet as the Orioles bats were against John Lackey. USWNT Jerseys 2020 . Boston has much bigger goals. Lackey pitched a two-hit complete game, Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer and the Red Sox beat Baltimore 3-1 on Thursday night to complete an impressive turnaround from last seasons last place-finish. The win ensured Boston at least a wild-card berth and lowered its magic number to one for clinching the AL East. A year ago, under Bobby valentine, the Red Sox finished 69-93 record -- their worst since 1965. "Weve still got some other goals ahead of us," Lackey said. "Hopefully, here in the next night or two we can get a party going." Earlier in the day, the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to earn a playoff berth when they clinched the NL West. Just before Adam Jones game-ending flyout to right, the crowd chanted, "Lackey! Lackey!" And after Daniel Nava caught the ball, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia embraced Lackey in front of the mound as Red Sox players came out of the dugout and lined up for their usual, low-key postgame handshakes. "The next step is a more important one than this," said manager John Farrell, who has led Bostons turnaround after one disastrous year under Bobby Valentine. "Winning the East, thats been the stated goal since day one of spring training. Thats getting closer and I think that will probably be a little bit more the realization of where weve come from and where we are at that moment." Lackeys resurgence has been just as remarkable. He had a 6.41 ERA in 2011 while pitching with arm trouble, then missed all last season following ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. Hes just 10-12 this season but has had the least run support among Boston starters. On Thursday, he lowered his ERA to 3.44. "The remake of John Lackey, both physically and getting back on the mound and performing as hes done all year, mirrors that of this team," Farrell said. "Its somewhat fitting that to clinch a spot to get into the playoffs is with him on the mound and to go nine innings the way he did, like I said, very fitting." Lackey held the Orioles hitless until Jones homered with one out in the seventh, his 32nd this season. The right-hander allowed a one-out single to J.J. Hardy in the eighth, struck out eight and walked two in his 16th career complete game. "Theres definitely some satisfaction for sure," he said, "Just with the injury and other stuff, to get back to the playoffs and get back to the way I can pitch has been fun." Baltimore is two games behind in the AL wild-card race after winning two of the three games in the series. "Who cares about this getting two out of three?" Jones said. "At this point in time, winning the series means nothing. We need wins. Good job getting the series if this was June, but its September. We need wins." Chris Tillman (16-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. "Thats the way these games go at the end of the season," he said. "Youve got to be on top of it from the get-go all the way through. I made some mistakes and they made me pay." Boston scored all its runs in the second on Drews homer, his 13th of the year, and Dustin Pedroias RBI single. The Red Sox have led the AL East since after play on Aug. 25 and entered Thursday having topped the AL East in 46 of the previous 49 days. Lackey made it 47 out of 50. "As far as fastball command, keeping the ball down in the zone throughout the game, yeah, that was probably his best game" of the year, Saltalamacchia said. NOTES: Pedroia extended his hitting streak to nine games. ... Baltimore opens a four-game series on Friday at Tampa Bay with Jason Hammel (7-8) pitching for the Orioles against David Price (8-8). ... The Red Sox send Jon Lester (14-8) to the mound against Esmil Rogers (5-7) in the opener of their last home series of the regular season, three games against Toronto. Custom USWNT Jerseys .Y. -- The New York Islanders were seeking a positive finish to a frustrating season on home ice. Fake USWNT Jerseys .J. Ellis hit an RBI single in the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a tape-measure, three-run homer in the first against Cliff Lee and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday night. https://www.cheapuswnt.com/ . -- Derek Jeter spoke for 25 minutes, 44 seconds and answered 26 questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season.GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers have formally announced the re-signing of backup running back James Starks, keeping their formidable backfield intact. Starks, whose return was first reported by media outlets late Monday, returns to back up Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy. General manager Ted Thompson announced the move Wednesday. Draftedd in the sixth round out of Buffalo in 2010, Starks ran for 493 yards and three touchdowns last season on 89 carries. USWNT Jerseys China. The 6-foot-2 Starks had some explosive runs up the middle against defences already worn down by the bruising Lacy. Another veteran member of the Packers backfield, fullback John Kuhn, remains a free agent. ' ' '

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