Before the game, Garrett Whitlock was activated from the injury list, while Bazardo was optioned to Triple-A Worcester. Here’s the insanity of today. The Sox and Yankees are both 91-70. Toronto and Seattle are right behind at 90-71, and they’re all playing at the same time, but none of them is playing the other! This is a rabid fan’s dream, so let’s PLAY BALL! Adon pitches for Washington in his MLB debut against Sale. The first two batters reach in the top of the second but go nowhere when the Sox should have capitalized. Bell leads off the bottom of the inning with a double to right and scores on a one-out double to left-center by Mercer to make it 1-0 Nationals. An intentional walk puts two on with two out before a strikeout ends the inning. The Nationals put the first two men on in the bottom of the third. Bell’s single loads the bases with one out before a walk to Zimmerman brings in another to make it 2-0 and send Sale to the showers. Sawamura induces a double play to end the inning. Devers strikes back by hitting his thirty-seventh of the year to lead off the fourth, making it 2-1. With one out in the bottom of the frame, Kieboom doubles down the left-field line before being stranded. The Sox put runners at first and second with one out in the top of the fifth, and they move into scoring position on a wild pitch but are stranded. This is not indicative of trying for home field in the wild card. Escobar leads off the bottom of the frame with a double down the left-field line. An intentional walk puts two on, and a passed ball moves them to third. A walk loads the bases, and a groundout brings in a run to make it 3-1. Avila brings in the other two with a double to right that makes it 5-1. A strikeout finally ends the inning.
Back-to-back singles put two on with one out in the top of the sixth, prompting a pitching change. A fly out moves the lead runner to third, and he scores on an infield single to make it 5-2 as the Sox finally look alive, but the tying run strikes out to end the inning. Back-to-back singles put two on with one out in the top of the seventh, when Schwarber scores on a single by Devers to make it 5-3. Verdugo ties it up at last when he hits a double to the alley to score Bogaerts and Devers. It’s 5-5! More two-out magic causes a pitching change. A fly out ends the inning. After Schwarber reaches on an error, Devers hits a clutch one-out homer to dead center as the Sox score six straight times and take their first lead of the evening at 7-5! There wasn’t a better time for Raffy to hit his second home run of the day! Pivetta retires the side in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox finish 92-70, and they will play the Wild Card game on Tuesday night in Boston against the Yankees!