Lyou Boston Red Sox clinched playoff spot on the last day of the regular season and will host the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game after returning to beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 in a two-run tiebreaker thanks to a home run of Rafael Devers in the ninth inning on Sunday.
The Devers’ second home run of the game, and 38th of the season, occurred on a direct path to center field in front of Kyle Finnegan on a 2-1 pitch with one out after Kyle Schwarber caught on a mistake.
An afternoon of four hits and four RBIs for Devers, got his teammates out of the dugout and sparked chants of “The Yankees suck!” from some of the Boston fans who could be heard for much of the afternoon amid a crowd of 33,986 in Nationals Park. The home team has been creeping to a last place after firing stars like Max Scherzer and Trea Turner on the trade deadline.
Eduardo Rodríguez (13-8), who started and won in Washington on Friday night, he pitched a perfect eighth to take the win on Sunday. Nick Pivetta, a starter who pitched Thursday, entered the ninth inning and collected his first save since 2019, striking out to Juan Soto to finish it.
Boston and New York will meet Tuesday to determine which of the rivals will face the champion of the East of the American League Tampa Bay Rays in a divisional series. The Red Sox and Yankees entered the day tied 91-70, one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Rays and Seattle Mariners. New York edged Tampa Bay 1-0 on Sunday. BBoston won the Yankees series series 10-9.