Sunday September 29, 2013 | 04:22 AM

Red Sox clinched the best record in the American League before they finished their game Saturday night ( a 6-5 loss to Baltimore) because of Oakland's loss.

So if Boston makes it to the American League Championship Series, it has home field advantage over Detroit or Oakland.

But about that 6-5 loss. It gives Red Sox fans concern about the 8th inning, where set-up relief has had its problems. Boston led 5-4 before Junichi Tazawa and Franklin Morales combined to allow two runs on three hits.

Pitching, for the most part, has been why Boston has made its big turnaround (see today's column).

Another reason is the work of general manager Ben Cherington (see today's story).

The race for the top two wild card teams in the AL is going down to the last day. The numbers: 

Wild Card
Cleveland 91-70
Tampa Bay 90-71
Texas 90-71

Rays at Blue Jays
Indians at Twins
Angels at Rangers

Detroit (93-68) vs. Oakland (95-66)
Wild Card winner vs. Boston (97-64)


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