Red Sox Fight Back, Clinch Wild Card Spot In Final Game of Season Behind Rafael Devers

While it wasn’t ideal, the Red Sox got it done. They’ll be hosting the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game Tuesday after the two clubs finished with matching 92-70 records, but Boston beat New York in the season series.

It was quite a dramatic win for the Sox. Chris Sale couldn’t make it out of the third inning, as he allowed a pair of doubles in the second before walking in a run in the third. Luckily for the Sox, Hirokazu Sawamura got out of the jam.

Rafael Devers put the Sox on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. But Washington would answer back, tallying a three-run fifth off Garrett Richards with an RBI groundout from Jordy Mercer, and a two-run double off the bat of Alex Avila.

But, Boston wasn’t done just yet. In the seventh, Devers roped a sharp two-RBI single into center, cutting the deficit to just one. Alex Verdugo then came through, with a game-tying, two-RBI double.

Garrett Whitlock and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed back-to-back clean frames, and Devers came through yet again in the ninth, with a clutch, two-run big fly — which drove in Kyle Schwarber after he reached base, luckily, on an error.

Nick Pivetta was able to then shut the door, hurling a 1-2-3 ninth to capture the victory.

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