Schwarber's 3-run double lifts Red Sox over Mariners 8-4

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SEATTLE (AP) - Pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the...
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night to keep pace in the competitive AL wild-card race.

Schwarber, out of the lineup in favor of Alex Verdugo, entered against reliever Drew Steckenrider with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded. His double to right ended a tense standoff with the Mariners, who beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Monday with the help of Schwarber's fielding error.

Verdugo added a two-run home run in Boston's next at-bat against Yohan Ramirez.

The victory kept the Red Sox percentage points behind the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays for the AL's two wild-card spots. Seattle dropped to three games back.

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi, who struck out nine in the game, said the series feels like the postseason has already started.

"I feel like it has," he said. "It's very fun, you know what I mean? I feel like everyone is drained after the game.

"Everybody's focusing, everybody's battling out there, grinding," he added. "It was a big team win for sure."

Adam Ottavino (6-3) recorded the last out of the seventh inning for the win, which came after a stretch of six losses in eight games for the Red Sox. Eovaldi pitched five innings, leaving with the game tied at 2.

Xander Bogaerts tripled off the wall in right field to start the eighth inning, chasing reliever Joe Smith (2-4). Steckenrider entered tied with teammate Casey Sadler for the longest active scoreless streak in the AL at 18 1/3 innings, but…
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