Thursday September 12, 2013 | 05:10 AM

Mike Carp seemed like an afterthought to the Red Sox roster. Obtained from Seattle on Feb. 20 for a player to be named later or cash, Carp had batted .213 for the Mariners in 2012.

He is batting .314 for the Red Sox and keeps coming up with big hits, like the 10th-inning grand slam Wednesday night in a 7-3 win over the Rays.

Koji Uehara picked up the win, although his forte has been saves. He was a free agent signing with little splash - simply a veteran addition to the bullpen. Now Uehara has a 1.08 ERA with some gaudy streaks going - 26 consecutive scoreless innings, while retiring 34 consecutive batters.

Nice numbers. Here are some more:

Red Sox 89-58
Rays 78-66 (9.5 games back)
Yankees 78-68 (10.5)
Orioles 77-68 (11)

To clinch a playoff spot: 6
To clinch the AL East: 8
To clinch the best record in the AL: 13

Boston (15): at Rays (1), Yankees (3), Orioles (3), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).

Rays (18): Red Sox (1), at Twins (3), Rangers (4), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).

Division Leaders
Boston 89-58
Oakland 84-61
Detroit 84-62

Wild Card
Texas 81-64
Tampa Bay 78-66
New York 78-68 (1 game back )
Baltimore 77-68 (1.5 back)
Cleveland 77-68 (1.5)
Kansas City 77-69 (2)

The Yankees, for all their troubles, are only one game out of a playoff spot.

In the minors, Durham beat Pawtucket 2-1 with two unearned runs (passed ball, throwing error) to even the International League title series 1-1. Steve Wright went 6 2/3 innings: 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K ... Chris Martin: 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K.

Trenton beat Harrisburg 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern League title series.


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