Red Sox become 1st team in majors to clinch playoff spot

Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt, right, celebrates with Tzu-Wei Lin (30) and Eduardo Nunez, center, after his pinch-hit, three-run home run off Toronto Bl

Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt, right, celebrates with Tzu-Wei Lin (30) and Eduardo Nunez, center, after his pinch-hit, three-run home run off Toronto Bl

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts scores on a double by Andrew Benintendi during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fen

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts scores on a double by Andrew Benintendi during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fen

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston,

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston,

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have become the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season.

Boston beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, boosted by pinch-hitter Brock Holt's go-ahead home run in the seventh inning.

Guided by rookie manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox have the best record in baseball at 99-46. They assured themselves at least a spot in the AL wild-card game while reaching the postseason for the third straight year.

The AL East-leading Red Sox began the night with an eight-game lead over the New York Yankees.

Boston starter Chris Sale came off the disabled list and pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two. Sale has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder, and the Red Sox had said they would ease their ace back into action.