Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 5-4

The bubbly was gone, though the clubhouse carpet retained a spongy feel.

The playoff-clinching party had been completed, and there was little to play for last night. Just a night off for a few players, a welcome back for J.D. Drew, and the slimmest hope in the battle for the American League East title.

But given that a nearly impossible scenario was necessary, the real reason the Red Sox played last night was because they had to. That was why Chris Carter started in lef...

BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox barely had time to dry off from their champagne-spraying celebration before they started pounding Cleveland Indians pitchers anew.

One game after clinching a playoff berth, the Red Sox jumped on Fausto Carmona for four runs in the first inning, then pinch-hitter Jeff Bailey tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth to give Boston a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.

The victory staved off elimination in the AL East for ...