Martinez returns from the injury list tonight, something every Sox fan loves to see as his/her team is fighting for a playoff spot. Austin Davis also returns to the bullpen after paternity leave. A big weapon in Hirokazu Sawamura returns from the COVID list. Rookie Logan Gilbert pitches for the Mariners against seasoned pro Rodriguez. Crawford hits a ground-rule double to left. A fan touches it on the field, which instantly makes the ball dead. A single to left puts runners at the corners, and Crawford scores on a double play to make it 1-0 Seattle. The first two batters reach in the bottom of the second, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. A force out scores Toro and makes it 2-0.
With one out in the top of the third, Iglesias cuts that in half with a solo homer to left to make it 2-1. This is his ninth of the year. The Sox put runners at the corners with one out in the top of the fifth, the first time Boston has had a multi-hit inning. Iglesias singles to right to tie it up at 2-2 as Verdugo scores from third. That wakes up the Sox fans in attendance, and displeased Mariner fans give them a round of boos. We really do have the best fans in all of sports. They go everywhere, and that applies to football and hockey as well. A fly out puts runners at the corners with two out, but another fly out ends the inning.
The Mariners put two on with two out in the bottom of the seventh for Haniger, who hits his thirty-third of the year out to center to make it 5-2 Seattle as the error at first comes back to bite the Sox. There is a pitching change soon after. With two out in the top of the eighth, Bogaerts homers to dead center to make it 5-3. This is his twenty-first of the year. Devers goes back-to-back with him to right to make it 5-4 on his thirty-fourth of the year, but the comeback falls short. Were it not for that error, the Sox could have won. Because New York won, they push the Sox out of the playoff picture by a thousandth of a percentage point. The Yankees are 80-64 (.556 win percentage), while the Sox are 81-65 (.555 winning percentage).