Sox squeak by O's,8-7, remain tied for wild card

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Sox squeak by O's,8-7, remain tied for wild card

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

BALTIMORE -- What looked to be decided a month ago will, instead, go all the way to the final game of the regular season. And perhaps beyond.

Behind two homers and four RBI from rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnway, making his first career start by the plate, the Red Sox bashed the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, to remain tied for the American League Wild Card with the Tampa Bay Rays.

If both teams win or both lose Wednesday night, the final regular season game, the teams will play a tiebreaking game Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field. If one team wins while the other loses, it will win the wild card spot outright.

Lavarnway, filling in for injured catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek, smacked a three-run homer in the fourth and added a solo shot in the eighth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had given the Red Sox their first lead of the night with a two-run homer in the third, his fourth homer in the last four games. Marco Scutaro chipped in with a two-run homer in the sixth, as all eight Red Sox runs were scored on homers.

Erik Bedard lasted just 3 23 innings against his former team, though he struck out six while allowing three runs. Alfredo Aceves then got the Sox through the seventh, allowing just one run in 3 13 innings.

The O's scored twice in the eighth off Daniel Bard and once more off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth before Papelbon held on for his 31st save.

The win was just Boston's second in the last six games against Baltimore.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Trenni Kusnierek talks with Dave Dombrowski about the Red Sox clubhouse and their expectations for the 2017 season.