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Phillies Fall To Indians To Once Again Fail To Gain Ground In Wild Card Race

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and the Cleveland Indians beat Philadelphia 5-2 Friday night to maintain position for the second AL wild card and damage the Phillies’ playoff chances.

Cleveland’s fifth straight win eliminated the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox from postseason contention. No team has repeated since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

Cleveland (91-63) began the night tied with Tampa Bay for the second wild card, two games behind Oakland. The Indians were four games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Philadelphia began the night three games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card and lost for the fourth time in six games.