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Red Sox clinch 1st playoff berth since '09

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

John Lackey sparkled in a two-hitter Thursday night and the Red Sox became the first American League team to clinch a postseason berth with a 3-1 win over the Orioles in the finale of a three-game series.

Lackey (10-12) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a long home run to Adam Jones. He gave up one other hit, a single, and struck out eight for his first complete game win since 2009.

It was the right-hander's 16th career complete game and second this season, the last one coming Aug. 23 on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox lost that game 2-0.

The Orioles, chasing an AL wild card berth, had a three-game winning streak snapped. They were trying to become the first team this season to sweep the Red Sox in Boston, but couldn't solve Lackey in the series finale.

09/19 21:42:54 ET