The Red Sox had to win Tuesday night in order to set themselves up for a series win Wednesday, and they did. The win forged a three-way tie between the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Boston.
It was a no-scoring affair until the top of the fourth inning when J.D. Martinez launched a solo shot over the center field wall to put Boston up 1-0. Seattle answered back however off Nathan Eovaldi in the bottom of the fourth, as Ty France knocked home a run via an RBI single, and Jake Fraley gave the M’s the lead with a sac fly.
Bobby Dalbec tied it up in the sixth, with another solo big fly. Eovaldi’s night ended after five, as the right-hander went five innings while fanning nine batters, and only walking one.
The Red Sox then struck big in the eighth. The bases were loaded after a triple from Xander Bogaerts and two walks, and Kyle Schwarber came in clutch with a bases-clearing, three-run double into left-center that put the Sox up by three. They added on as Alex Verdugo crushed a two-run homer into the right field seats to put Seattle’s deficit to five.
Darwinzon Hernandez, Adam Ottavino, and Michael Feliz combined for three scoreless frames out of Boston’s bullpen. Matt Andriese, who was released by the Sox earlier this year, was summoned to pitch the top of the ninth for the Mariners only for Martinez to add to the lead with a run-scoring single.
Hirokazu Sawamura began the bottom of the ninth for the Sox but loaded the bases after a fielding error from first baseman Travis Shaw. Austin Davis came on, allowing a sac fly before he served up an RBI single, but he fanned Kyle Seager to end the ballgame as the Sox picked up their 82nd win of the season.
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