The Boston Red Sox just won’t go away. Things have not gone to plan for them since the All-Star break, but they are still fighting for a spot in the Wild Card play-in. They certainly kept that spirit up on Saturday night as they found a way to get past the Cleveland Indians for their fourth consecutive win. It was a tight and tense game, much like one they’d like to see in October. Rafael Devers’ homer in the seventh, a three-run shot, provided the first offensive output.
They would then blow the lead in the top of the ninth at Fenway as Jackie Bradley, Jr. came back to haunt them with a double which was followed up by a two-run homer from pitch-hitting Franmil Reyes. However, Alex Verdugo turned hero in the bottom of the ninth to restore their lead for good and walk it off for them. His two-out, bases-loaded RBI single gave them a 4-3 win. It might just be one of those that spur them on to do even more as they attempt to secure their place in the playoffs. As of now, they are in second in the Wild Card standings, but they are only half a game behind the Yankees for the right to host it. The Seattle Mariners, winners on Saturday over the Diamondbacks 8-5, are now the chasers, sitting four games back after a fourth straight win of their own. Kyle Seager hit two home runs in the contest, putting them in a tie with Oakland in third in the Wild Card battle. Only two get in and they are four back, but they have played some very good baseball of late and are ones to watch.