Kiké Hernández’s game-tying RBI single caromed off the second-base bag and into shallow heart self-discipline, sparking a three-run, seventh-inning rally that carried the AL wild-card leading Boston Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday and a sweep of their three-game sequence.

It was the fifth straight win for Boston, which leads Toronto by one recreation and the Yankees by 2 ½ all through the playoff chase. The Blue Jays beat Minnesota, 5-3, on Sunday and New York misplaced to Cleveland, 11-1.

J.D. Martinez had a solo homer and Kevin Plawecki added a two-run single for the Red Sox.

“When it’s getting down to the end of the year and you don’t have a big lead and all the games matter, it gets to be a lot of fun,” Hernández talked about.

Trey Mancini had a three-run double for the Orioles, who misplaced 12 of the ultimate phrase 13 conferences within the path of the Red Sox after sweeping a season-opening three-game sequence.

After giving up a two-run lead all through the prime of the seventh, Boston rallied within the path of Conner Greene (1-1), getting the tying hit when Hernández’s grounder bounced off the bag, scoring José Iglesias.

“That’s exactly what I was trying to do. That’s how I drew it up,” Hernández talked about, smiling. “I was a little bit happy to get that hit and drive in that run.”

Hunter Renfroe adopted with a double excessive off the Green Monster and scored on Rafael Devers’ single, making it 8-6.

“We got a little bit lucky with the ball off the bag,” Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora talked about. “Then Hunter put on a huge swing. … Overall, another good win, obviously.”

The victory would possibly presumably be costly for the Red Sox after reliever Garrett Whitlock walked off the mound with appropriate pectoral tightness. The 25-year-old Whitlock, a Rule 5 pickup from the Yankees, has been a sturdy a part of their bullpen this season.

“We’ll know more (Monday),” Cora talked about of Whitlock. “It’s too soon to know what’s going on.”

Hirokazu Sawamura (5-1) was credited with the victory regardless of giving up a two-run lead all through the seventh. Garrett Richards acquired the ultimate phrase three outs for his third save.

The Red Sox had jumped on starter Alexander Wells for 3 runs with two outs all through the primary when Bobby Dalbec acquired hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Plawecki adopted collectively collectively along with his grounder to appropriate.

They opened it to 5-3 on Martinez’s shot into the primary row of Monster seats all through the third.

But the Orioles rallied within the path of Sawamura after Whitlock walked the leadoff batter, scoring three runs on Mancini’s double down the left-field line prior to they misplaced their main league-high 102nd recreation.

“This is huge, a huge amount of our team hasn’t played a lot of time in the majors,” Mancini talked about. “The teams we’re competing with the rest of the way, and have been basically the whole month, are fighting for a playoff spot.”

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight over 5 innings, permitting three runs on seven hits with one stroll. The Red Sox have gained his closing six begins.

“The main focus is we’re winning these games,” Eovaldi talked about. “Things will even out (for me).”

Making his sixth main league begin, the 24-year-old Wells gave up 5 runs in 5 innings.

“He gave four there in the first couple of innings,” Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde talked about. “It was nice to see him put up a zero in the fourth and fifth. I was really happy with our offense.”

KEEP THE KID IN

When requested why left-handed hitting slugger Kyle Schwarber wasn’t all through the lineup, Cora didn’t hesitate to elucidate the choice.

“This is more about Bobby Dalbec than anything else,” he talked about. “Bobby has to play against every lefty.”

The 26-year-old Dalbec, a right-handed hitter, has 12 homers and 36 RBIs in his closing 33 video video video games, overcoming early-season struggles that seen him hitting solely .174 with one homer and 6 RBIs a month into the season.

CHASING O’S HISTORY

CF Cedric Mullins wishes yet another residence run to differ into the primary in Orioles’ historic past with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases.

IT FEELS RIGHT

It was the fifth straight recreation that the Red Sox confronted a left-handed starter, they usually’ve scored seven or additional runs in all of these video video video games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: INF Ramon Urías was scratched from the distinctive beginning lineup with an accurate leg harm that’s been nagging him for just a few month. “He tried to run this morning, just didn’t feel great,” Hyde talked about. … Mancini and C Pedro Severino had been as soon as extra all through the lineup after having Saturday off.

Red Sox: Cora gave catcher Christian Vázquez the time without work, figuring with an offday on Monday that two straight may be good for him.

UP NEXT

Orioles: LHP John Means (5-7, 3.41 ERA) is slated to go Monday evening as quickly as they open a three-game, interleague sequence on the Phillies.

Red Sox: Off Monday prior to opening a two-game, interleague sequence within the path of the New York Mets at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (11-8, 5.00) is in line to begin out out the opener within the path of RHP Marcus Stroman (9-12, 2.88).