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

The Mariners fall 3 games back in wild card
Credit: AP
Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber watches his three-run double against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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 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 Mariners jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a Ty France RBI-single and Jake Fraley's sacrifice fly.  Seattle starter Tyler Anderson left the game in the fifth with a one run lead.   He gave up one run and struck out five.

The victory kept Boston percentage points behind the Yankees and Blue Jays for the AL's two wild-card spots. The Mariners fell three games back.