Josh Beckett threw six innings of two-run ball for his 16th victory. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Thanks to a six-run fifth, ace Josh Beckett, who wasn't sharp but persevered against the Royals, won his 16th game, helping the Red Sox win their 90th of the season and reducing Boston's magic number to clinch a playoff spot to five.
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