Kyle Schwarber’s clutch hit lifts Red Sox into wild-card tie

Pinch hitter Kyle Schwarber’s three-run, eighth-inning double broke a tie, and the Boston Red Sox went on to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night.

J.D. Martinez, Bobby Dalbec and Alex Verdugo homered for the Red Sox (82-65), who are tied the Toronto Blue Jays (81-64) and the New York Yankees (81-64) for the American League’s two wild-card playoff berths.

The Mariners (78-67) dropped three games back in their bid for their first postseason berth since 2001.

With the score 2-2, Boston’s Xander Bogaerts led off the eighth inning with a triple to right-center field off Joe Smith (2-4). Drew Steckenrider replaced Smith and walked Rafael Devers before Martinez grounded out to third.

A walk to pinch hitter Travis Shaw loaded the bases, and Schwarber lined a double into the gap in right-center to give Boston a 5-2 lead. Verdugo followed with a two-run shot off Yohan Ramirez to cap the five-run outburst.

Martinez’s sacrifice fly made it 8-2 in the ninth before the Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the inning, on a sacrifice fly by J.P Crawford and a run-scoring single by Mitch Haniger.

Red Sox right-hander Adam Ottavino (6-3) got the victory after retiring the only batter he faced.

Martinez broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot to center field off Seattle starter Tyler Anderson with one out in the fourth.

The Mariners responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning off Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi.

Haniger led off by grounding a single into left field, and Kyle Seager hit a dribbler down the third base line off the end of the bat for a single against a defensive shift. Ty France then blooped a low, outside pitch into shallow right-center, scoring Haniger from second.

Abraham Toro hit a fly ball to the warning track that right fielder Hunter Renfroe dropped, loading the bases with no outs. After Eovaldi struck out Jarred Kelenic, Jake Fraley hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 2-1.

Dalbec tied it with an opposite-field, solo shot to right with two outs in the sixth on a 3-2 pitch from Anthony Misiewicz.

Eovaldi went five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.

Anderson gave up one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.

Blogs

Advertise with us with SWEET DEALS!

Advertise with us with SWEET DEALS!

Sweet Deals are radio advertising at its best. It’s a cash-free marketing campaign for your business that grows your customer base. It’s not about the offer – it’s about branding. We limit your liability by selling a fixed, fair number of deals. If you would like more information on our Sweet Deals program, fill out…

Special Offers Inside!

All around Eugene, local businesses are still open, and some are offering special deals and offers. We want to make sure you can help out a local business during these trying times.  Here are just a few: Looking for some fresh, local, beer, and some amazing food? Then head on down to 1865 W 6th…

Local Resources

These are some very trying times on our hands, and here at The Score, we are trying to give you as many local resources and information that we can to assist you. If you, or someone you know, has lost their job and needs more information regarding unemployment information you can click HERE or HERE for…

The Score’s Online Career Fair

The Score’s Online Career Fair

THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE HIRING Click on the logo of the company below, and it will take you to that website. Eugene School District 4J Elwood Staffing Farwest Steel Lane Community College Northwest College Professional Credit Nova Healthcare Express Employment Northwest Community Credit Union Oregon Department of Transportation