SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger made Boston pay for a costly error by first baseman Kyle Schwarber, hitting a three-run homer with two out in the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Seattle pulls within two games of Boston and the Yankees in the AL wild card race.
The opener of a critical three-game series between the AL wild-card contenders went the way of the home team, which was helped, in part, by four unearned runs allowed by the Red Sox.
Haniger's 33rd homer gave Seattle a 5-2 lead. It was his third straight game with a long ball. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the eighth off Seattle’s Paul Sewald, but that was as close as Boston would get. Drew Steckenrider pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his ninth save.
Logan Gilbert started for the Mariners and set them up for a win. He went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out nine.