WASHINGTON (AP) – Hunter Renfrew and Bobby Dolbeck hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning of the fourth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Citizens 4-2 Friday night.
Boston won for the second time in seven games and will maintain at least one tie for the second AL wild card after starting the day with a record like Seattle.
After losing to Tampa Bay in New York, the Red Sox pulled the Yankees into the game for the top wild card. Toronto beat Baltimore with two days left in the regular season to play behind Boston.
Eduardo Rodriguez (12-8) hit a goalless goal in the sixth inning, which went five feet. Hansel Rubles retired young Soto and Josh Bell in the ninth with two outs to save Cabert Ruiz in the 13th.
Struggling to score runs and playing without a designated hitter, manager Alex Cora uploaded his line, launching former nets Kyle Schwarber, Renfrew and JD Martinez for the first time in the outfield, Dale Beck national base left On the first base against Josh Rogers.
The move was paid for in the holidays. Martinez singled with one out, placing first and second runners up. Renfrew returned to the left center on a 2-2 fastball, and Dale Beck equalized 4-0 with a solo shot into the Red Sox ballpen.
“Hopefully the crime will wake up,” Cora said before the game. “This is the most important thing. We are fighting aggressively right now. We hope to get all these boys out of there and score a lot more runs.”
Alcides Escobar and Jordi Mercer came home to Washington, losing by three in a row. Soto walked four times.
Rogers (2-2) allowed four runs on seven hits.
Schwarber hit 25 homers in 72 games – including 16 in June – for Washington before the July 29 trade. He was the subject of a pre-game video tribute and was praised before his first batting. He went from 0 to 0 with two walks.
Washington’s Andrew Stevenson made a pair of run-saving catches in the left field. With two in the seventh, he jumped on the warning track. With two outs and one in the eighth, he made a diving catch on the sinking liner.
Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitelock (right pectoral strain) throws a bullpen session. “I’m sure he’s going (to get out of it) okay and then we’ll decide when to fix it and turn it on,” Kora said. “Tomorrow, Sunday, whatever.” … Cora said LHP Josh Taylor (low backstrain) has not yet resumed baseball activities.
Citizen: Stevenson replaces Adele Hernandez, who was torn from the lineup after a dental procedure. Hernandez came in as the seventh pinch taker.
Red Sox: Cora has not announced a starter for Saturday’s game.
Citizen: Rookie RHP Josiah Gray (2-2, 5.85) has won a back-to-back start after failing in his first 10. He never faced Boston.
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