SEATTLE (AP) – Pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber broke the tie with a three-run double in the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night to stay in the fight for the wild card of the American League.
Schwarber, who gave up his starting team spot to Alex Verdugo, came to the plate against reliever Drew Steckenrider with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth. His double to the right decided a tense duel with Seattle, which yesterday defeated Boston thanks to a fielding error by Schwarber.
Verdugo hit a two-run homer in the Red Sox’s next at-bat off Yohan Ramirez.
The victory leaves Boston in the middle of the game against the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays in the fight for the two AL wild cards. Seattle is three wins away.
Adam Ottavino (6-3) took the last out of the seventh inning for the victory, while the loss went to Joe Smith (2-4).
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 4-0; Christian Vázquez 1-0, with one scored. Aruban Xander Bogaerts 5-2, with two runs scored. The Dominican Rafael Devers 3-1, with one scored. The Cuban José Iglesias 3-1.
For the Mariners, the Venezuelan Luis Torrens 2-1, with one scored.