AL Capsules

Updated: September 30, 2012, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first playoff berth since 1997, extending their winning streak to four by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday as Nate McLouth, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis hit solo homers.

With three games left, the Orioles (92-67) are tied with the New York Yankees for the AL East lead and already have 23 more wins than a year ago. Baltimore and New York both clinched no worse than a wild card when the Los Angeles Angels lost to Texas 8-7 Sunday night.

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