Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Red Sox want to play the role of late-season spoiler

The Red Sox are playing better, and there’s David Ortiz’s pursuit of 500 home runs. Above: He crossed the plate after No. 494 Sunday.

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Getting out of last place and finishing .500 are other things on the team’s to-do list.

Mets 5, Red Sox 4

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Bullpen woes continue to hamper the Red Sox, who missed out on completing a series sweep.

Red Sox notebook

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Tazawa was handed the closer’s job after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury.

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The righthander struck out 12 in a dominating performance, and became the sixth pitcher to toss a no-hitter this season.

Sports Log

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Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga., was the third fan to die from a fall at the stadium in eight seasons.

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Edwin Encarnacion hit his fourth homer in two games and three other Toronto players went deep as Toronto beat Detroit, 9-2.

Dave Dombrowski has said he doesn’t want to rush filling the GM position.

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NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

As Red Sox GM search continues, diversity is emphasized

Team chairman Tom Werner said the Sox would make a point to interview minority candidates for the position.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7252.jpg Tom Werner breaks his silence on Don Orsillo

The NESN boss told the Boston Herald that the Sox want to go with Dave O’Brien instead of Don Orsillo in the booth next year.

Red Sox 3, Mets 1

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_joe_kelly.jpg Joe Kelly stays on roll, Red Sox beat Mets again

The righthander went seven-plus innings to finish August with a 6-0 mark.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

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Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo all have an abundance of skills.

Red Sox Notebook

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Jacob deGrom was the latest top pitcher the Red Sox beat this season.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_dom30_spts-7498--90x90.jpg These days, Dave Dombrowski is all ears with Red Sox

The president of baseball operations spent his first week on the job watching, listening, and assessing to get to know the organization.