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Red Sox soar to top Nationals, Yankees get wild card

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Rafael Devers’ second home run of Sunday’s game, a two-run shot in the ninth inning, led the visiting Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals and the first wild-card spot in the playoffs. of the American League.

The Red Sox rallied from a 5-1 deficit to end the series sweep and will host the New York Yankees, who defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Sunday, in the League wild-card game. Americana on Tuesday night.

Boston and New York finished with records of 92-70, but Boston won the season series 10-9.

Kyle Schwarber reached on an error to start the ninth for the Red Sox on Sunday. Xander Bogaerts struck out, but Devers hit a 2-1 pitch by Kyle Finnegan (5-9) for his 38th homer of the season, a shot to center.

Eduardo Rodríguez (13-8) pitched an inning for the win, and Nick Pivetta worked in the ninth for his first save.

Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, Schwarber, Bogaerts and Devers singled off Erick Fedde to make it 5-3. Alex Verdugo then doubled into the gap at right center, scoring two runs to tie.

Red Sox outfielder JD Martinez left in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle.

Ryan Zimmerman, who has not said whether he will return next season, was 0-for-3 on a run RBI by Washington (65-97) before being retired to an eighth-inning ovation, and catcher Alex Avila had two – Double. in his last major league game.

Washington starter Joan Adon was impressive in his major league debut, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked three.

Boston starter Chris Sale was up early after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. All results were struck out.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Josh Bell doubled and scored on Jordy Mercer’s double.

In the third, the Nationals loaded the bases with one walk and two singles, and Zimmerman walked off Sale to make it 2-0.

Devers lagged behind Adon 1-2 early in the quarter before hitting a home run to center.

Alcides Escobar doubled to start Washington fifth. Juan Soto was intentionally walked and both runners advanced on a pass. After Bell walked, Zimmerman struck out, but a run scored on a groundout from Mercer. Avila then doubled to right field and the Nationals held a 5-1 lead.

Boston had a two-out run in the sixth when Christian Vasquez grounded to second baseman Mercer and Verdugo hit the throw to second, allowing Jose Iglesias to score.

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