MLB Sports: 8; 43 AM UT SEATTLE — After a costly error in a Red Sox game, Kyle Schwarber hit a pinch-hit double to the right-center field to lift the Red Sox past Seattle, resulting in an 8-4 victory at T-Mobile Park. Boston is now in a tie with the Blue Jays and Yankees in the American League Wild Card standings. The Red Sox are 82-65; New York and Toronto are both 81-64. Boston gained a game on Seattle (78-67) and Oakland (77-67). In the decisive eighth inning, Xander Bogaerts made it a winning start with a triple. This was his first triple since 2018.. After Travis Shaw and Rafael Devers walked, the Red Sox loaded the bases. J.D. also grounded out. Martinez. Then, up stepped Schwarber. Schwarber was hitting for Kevin Plawecki and said, “The biggest thing that I was thinking about is putting the ball into play.” “Bases loaded, tie ballgame — put pressure on the defense, that’s kind of the biggest thing there.” Schwarber shook off an 0-for-16 streak over his past five games and came through. Schwarber said, “The 0-for-20, they’re difficult times there, but you just have to be able trust your process in cage. For situations like this, trust your field work and batting practice. “Those are the spots you want as a baseball player. And want to be able come through for your team.” Schwarber was brought home by Alex Verdugo, who added a two-run homer to cap an eight-run rally. Boston’s starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was named a Roberto Clemente Award nomination earlier in the day. He pitched five innings. He was credited with nine strikeouts and allowed five hits, one earned run, and one intentional walk. In the fourth inning, Eovaldi allowed both runs. After a Hunter Renfroe fielding error, Seattle had loaded bases with no outs. Eovaldi fought back and retired the three remaining batters, one on a sacrifice fly to end the inning. Manager Alex Cora stated, “That was incredible.” We didn’t help him. He did a great job. We tried to limit the damage and that’s what was possible to do.” Although the Red Sox have won six out of seven games that Eovaldi has started, he has only been credited with one win in that span. “We’re 6-1 as a team, and that’s all that matters to me,” said Eovaldi, who is 10-8 overall with 3. 52 has a higher ERA than 29 starts. “Wins come and go. They aren’t as valuable as they used to be. It’s harder to keep it down for an entire match.” Boston struggled to close out the Mariners, as it gave up two runs in the ninth. To end any hopes of a comeback, Austin Davis struck out Kyle Seager. Martinez and Bobby Dalbec both homered in the sixth and fourth innings. Both players then followed up with homer-distance foulballs with clear-ass-day dingers. Martinez’s 26th homer had an exit velocity 111.2 miles per hour, which was second to the 112.3-mph knockoff by Brad Keller of June 19.
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