On Saturday afternoon two games took place with major implications for the American League playoffs. In one game, the Boston #Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. A win for Boston would give them the #American League East division title and, the Sox got just that, as Mitch Moreland provided two RBIs for the home team in a 6-3 win. Here's the latest Astros vs. Red Sox game recap including top performers, stats, a standings update, and a look at what's coming up on the schedule.

MLB game recap

The Boston Red Sox jumped out to the 5-0 lead in the fifth inning and never trailed in the contest. Hanley Ramirez started the scoring fest in the fourth with a single to score Mookie Betts.

Next, Rafel Devers smacked a double to left center scoring Mitch Moreland. In the fifth inning, Andrew Benintendi hit a single to score Xander Bogaerts and then Moreland doubled scoring both Benintendi and Betts to give his team a 5-0 lead.

The Houston Astros answered with two runs in the top of the seventh. Evan Gattis' single to right center scored Jose Altuve, while Yuli Gurriel's single to deep left scored Carlos Correa, making it 5-2. However, Mookie Betts hit a 412-foot home run at the bottom of the inning giving the Sox another run to add to their lead. Houston managed to score once more in the top of the ninth on a Brian McCann solo home run, but that was all the Astros could manage.

For today's game, Moreland finished with a 1-for-3 batting performance including two RBIs and a run scored.

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Betts had a 2-for-3 performance with one RBI and three runs scored. His home run in the seventh inning was his 24th of the season.

On the opposing side, Carlos Correa finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Brian McCann was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Gattis was also 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Drew Pomeranz recorded the win for the Sox today with three strikeouts, three hits, and one run given up over six innings. Taking the loss was Lance McCullers Jr who worked 4.1 innings and struck out six batters but also gave up six total hits and five early runs to Boston.

Standings & what's next

The Houston Astros are still one of just a handful of teams that have reached 100 wins for the MLB season. They fell to 100-61 with today's loss with a 52-28 away record. They will meet the Red Sox, once more, in the regular season on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Eastern time, and then this coming week in the American League Division Series. Collin McHugh (4-2, 3.45 ERA) gets the start for Houston.

The Boston Red Sox are now 93-68 overall and 48-32 at home. They've officially clinched the American League East division with today's win. As their prize, they will compete against Houston in the ALDS series starting on Thursday. First up, they host the Astros for a final regular-season meeting on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time with Hector Velazquez (3-1, 3.48 ERA) on the mound. #Al East Division