Rod Beck blew a save last night -- his first since coming to the Red Sox -- and that's one too many for him.
"Some people don't expect me to be perfect. I do," he said after allowing three Toronto runs in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays came from behind to beat Boston, 7-5, at Fenway Park.
Homer Bush and Shawn Green singled and scored on Tony Batista's double as Toronto rallied from a 5-4 deficit to stave off elimination. The Blue Jays have a magic number of one, meaning one more loss or a Red Sox win will finish them.
Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run homer, then outran a double-play relay to drive in another run in the seventh inning and give Boston a 5-4 lead. But Beck (0-1), who was a perfect 3 for 3 in save opportunities since coming to Boston, came on to start the ninth and couldn't finish the job.
After Batista's double, Brian McRae added an RBI groundout to make it 7-5 and help make a winner of David Wells (15-10).
"I pitch terrible in this park. They could put a Single-A club out there and they'd hit me," Wells said. "It was music to my ears when Batista hit that ball in the gap."
YANKEES 5, WHITE SOX 2: Roger Clemens won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly three months and Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer as host New York clinched no worse than a tie for a playoff berth.
The Yankees need one more win or an Oakland loss to make the postseason for the fifth straight year. New York's magic number to win the division for the third time in four years is six.
Clemens (14-9) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
TIGERS 7, INDIANS 5: Tony Clark and Juan Encarnacion each had two RBI to help Detroit beat visiting Cleveland and earn a split of their four-game series.
Roberto Alomar, Travis Fryman, Wil Cordero and Jim Thome homered for the Indians.
Willie Blair (3-11), making his sixth start, gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to win his second game this month.
"If that's not the highlight of my season, it's right up there," Blair said. "Especially after the way the season has gone for me, and for the team as well."