WASHINGTON D.C. (WBZ NewsRadio)— The Boston Red Sox clinched their spot in the 2021 MLB postseason with a 7-5 win over the Washington Nationals thanks to a late game rally Sunday.
Star third basemen Rafael Devers saved the day for the Red Sox, getting a rally started in the seventh inning to tie the game before winning it in the top of the ninth with a two-run home run. Pitcher Nick Pivetta earned his first save of the season and struck out Nationals star Juan Soto on three pitches to end the game.
The Red Sox ended the season with a 92-70 record and clinched the top spot in the American League Wildcard Game setting up a historic matchup with the New York Yankees. This is the first time the two long-time rivals have faced off in the one-game playoff. The winner of the game will face fellow divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Rays in the Divisional Series.
Boston and New York both finished with the same record, but thanks to the Red Sox winning the season series against the Yankees, they get to host the Wild Card Game at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8:08 p.m. Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Red Sox and face Yankees ace pitcher Gerrit Cole.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) has more on the Red Sox celebration for clinching their spot in the postseason.