SEATTLE — Kyle Schwarber’s two-out error in the seventh inning led to three unearned runs and cost the Red Sox a game on Monday night. He said afterward he was hoping to atone immediately but never got the opportunity.
That chance came Tuesday night and Schwarber didn’t miss it. His three-run double in the eighth inning sparked the Sox to an 8-4 victory against the Seattle Mariners.
“It was a great win, one that we needed,” manager Alex Cora said.
At 82-65, the Sox are tied with the Blue Jays and Yankees, both 81-64, for the first wild card in the American League.
The Sox are 2-3 on a road trip that ends Wednesday afternoon.
In a 2-2 game, Xander Bogaerts led off the eighth inning with a triple to the gap in right field. Seattle turned to closer Drew Steckenrider, who walked Rafael Devers.
Pinch hitter Travis Shaw walked with one out to load the bases. Schwarber, hitless in his previous 16 at-bats, worked the count full before lining a fastball over the head of the second baseman. The ball rolled to the wall as three runs scored.
“The biggest thing I was thinking about was putting the ball in play,” Schwarber said.
Schwarber was an early arrival to T-Mobile Park, taking several rounds of batting practice including some against high velocity off a pitching machine.
“Trying to get back to himself,” Cora said.
Schwarber said he wasn’t reflecting on the previous game and his error. That was in the past.
“You have to be able to turn the page … today was a whole brand-new day,” he said. “It was definitely a spot, to me as a baseball player, I definitely want to be in every time.”
That Shaw, also a lefthanded hitter, saw six pitches before he came to the plate helped Schwarber.
Facing Yohan Ramirez, Alex Verdugo homered to right field and the Sox were on their way to a victory. They added another run in the ninth against former teammate Matt Andriese.
Because nothing is ever easy for this team, Seattle scored twice in the ninth inning against Hirokazu Sawamura and Austin Davis. The game ended with the tying run on deck.
Adam Ottavino, who got the final out in the seventh, was the winner. He is 6-3.
Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi and Mariners counterpart Tyler Anderson each had a one-hit shutout going after three innings.
Eovaldi allowed a leadoff single in the first inning before he retired nine in a row — six by strikeout. Anderson gave up a single to Devers to start the second, and then retired the side easily.
Anderson walked Kiké Hernández and Hunter Renfroe with two outs in the third, and then struck Bogaerts on four pitches. The fourth inning was all action.
J.D. Martinez, a pedestrian player since the All-Star break, drove a full-count fastball over the fence in center for his 26th home run. Eovaldi was a victim of bad luck and bad defense in the bottom of the inning.
Mitch Haniger led off with a single. With the Sox shifted to the right, Kyle Seager followed with a miss-hit ball that spun left for an infield single.
Ty France’s single to center tied the game. Abraham Toro’s fly ball to right center should have been an out, but Renfroe dropped the ball.
Renfroe was eyeing Haniger at second base when the ball popped out of his glove. Renfroe has the unusual distinction of leading major league outfielders in assists (16) and errors (11). The 11 errors are the most for a Red Sox outfielder since Reggie Smith had 14 in 1971.
With the bases loaded, Eovaldi struck out Jarred Kelenic for the second out, but Jake Fraley gave Seattle the lead with a sacrifice fly to center. Eovaldi threw 38 pitches and succeeded in limiting the damage.
“That was amazing,” Cora said. “That was a tough inning and obviously we didn’t help him out.”
The Sox tied it in the sixth inning on Bobby Dalbec’s 22nd home, an opposite-field shot to right on the eighth pitch of the at-bat — a curveball from Anthony Misiewicz.
Dalbec, a Seattle native, was playing in his first game at T-Mobile Park.
Eovaldi went five innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. The righthander has a 1.90 earned run average in his last seven starts. The Sox are 6-1 in those games, but Eovaldi has only one win.
Ultimately, he said, that doesn’t matter.
“The wins come and go. They’re not as valued as they once were,” Eovaldi said. “It’s tougher to lock it down for the entire game. There’s a lot of things that go into it … as long as we’re able to come out on top as a team.”