Game over: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1
The Sox went in order against Olson. They were hitless over the final four innings. What looked for a long time like a special night in the making turned into a disaster for the Red Sox. That was a disheartening loss, particularly given that Seattle had lost 13 of 16.
Back with some more later on.
Top of the 9th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1
Delcarmen walked Gutierrez to load the bases then hit Lopez to force in a run. Smoak then fit a fly ball to the warning track in left.
The line for Lester: 7.2 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts. For as good as he was, his ERA went up. Weird game for him. He was at 99 pitches going into the 8th and clearly tired.
Bottom of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1
Bradley tripled to the gap in right. With one out, the Mariners tried a suicide squeeze and it worked as Wilson was able to bunt a high fastball. I suspect the Sox knew it was coming based on the location of the pitch but Wilson reached his bat up and got to it.
Saunders followed with a low liner that deflected off Lester's foot for a single. He then walked Ichiro before Figgins drove an RBI double to right field. That was the end of the night for Lester.
Delcarmen in now.
Middle of the 8th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1
Patterson walked with one out. With Ortiz up, the Mariners called in lefty Garrett Olson. Ortiz popped to short. Youkilis then reached on an error but Beltre popped to left.
Red Sox have five hits tonight, four of them singles. Lester back out for the 8th.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1
Lester retires the side in order, striking out Smoak for his 12th strikeout. That matches his career high. He has struck out 10 or more 10 times in his career.
Middle of the 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1
The Sox go in order again. That's eight in a row. It's a bit of a disgrace that they have been held to one run by David Pauley, Chris Seddon and Jamey Wright.
Meanwhile, everybody ripping Eric Patterson should remember he won the game on Thursday night with that two-run double in the 13th.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1
Lester got Ichiro to ground to first before striking out Figgins to end the inning. He has thrown 87 pitches, 25 in that inning.
Bottom of the 6th: No-hitter over
Michael Saunders drilled a 2-2 curveball over the fence in right and Seattle leads 2-1. Eric Patterson ... wow. Meanwhile, Seattle clearly has been trying to disrupt Lester's rhythm in this inning by stepping out and calling time. Saunders called time before the home run.
Bottom of the 6th: Perfect game over
Lester struck out Bard looking. Jack Wilson then crunched a ball to center that Eric Patterson tracked down. But he let the ball bounce off his glove for a two-base error. Just a brutal error.
Now Lester needs to worry about holding the lead.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0
Meanwhile, would it kill the Sox to score another run or two? They went in order again. Pauley was relieved after 5.2 innings (and 97 pitches). He was terrific but tonight, terrific is a distant second in the pitching department.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0
15 up and 15 down for Lester. He has struck out nine. He has thrown 12 first pitch strikes and his strikeouts have come on these pitches:
In other words, there is no sitting on a particular pitch with him tonight. He has at 62 pitches on the night with four innings to go.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0
Scutaro singled with one out but was stranded as Patterson and Ortiz flied to center. Pauley has pitched really well.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0
Lester just struck out the side. That's 12 up and 12 down. He has eight strikeouts and has not allowed a ball out of the infield. Cutter, fastball, changeup, curveball, he's got them all tonight.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0
Not even Ichiro could get the ball Ortiz hit as he hammered a Pauley fastball deep into the stands in right field. It was No. 19 on the year for Ortiz and his first since winning the Home Run Derby.
Youkilis followed with a single and Hermida with a smash up the middle with two outs. But Lowrie flied to right to end the inning. Hermida is 2 for 3 since his return.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Lester is not playing around. Nine up and nine down and nothing close to a hit. He fanned Bard before Wilson grounded to short and then Saunders struck out. He has struck out five and so far thrown only 36 pitches.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Sox do down in order against Pauley, who has stuck out four. Kevin Cash hit a ball well up the middle and was robbed of a hit by Figgins. Red Sox catchers are 11 of 69 since Victor Martinez went down with two RBIs.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Lester retired the side in order again, striking out Lopez and Smoak before getting Bradley on a grounder to short. M's haven't had a good swing on him yet.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Beltre drew a walk with one out and advanced to second when Drew singled. With Hermida at the plate, Pauley threw a wild pitch and the runners advanced. But Hermida struck out swinging before Lowrie broke his bat and popped to right.
With the Yankees losing today and Lester on the mound, the Sox need to take care of business tonight.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Lester retired the side in order He struck out Ichiro before Figgins bunted a ball off his own leg and was called out. Then Gutierrez grounded to short.
I would suspect Jon has a bunch of family and friends here being that he is from Washington.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
The Sox went in order against David Pauley, who was with the Boston organization from 2005-08. He was then traded to Baltimore for Randor Bierd and later signed with Seattle as a free agent.
Pauley is best known for making an emergency start against the Yankees in 2006 and pitching well into the seventh inning against Chien-Ming Wang in a game the Sox lost 2-1.
Francona joked before the game that he thought Pauley was a good kid but he hoped he pitched terribly tonight.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Good evening from Safeco Field and another beautiful night in Seattle. It'll be Washington's own Jon Lester against former Red Sox prospect David Pauley.
Saw a cool thing during batting practice. A fan standing next to the Sox dugout was wearing an Adrian Beltre WBC jersey and was holding two large signs, one that was essentially a large photograph of Adrian and the other saying how much Seattle missed him.
Beltre went over and shook the man's hand, posed for a photo and gave him one of his bats. Then, of course, Dustin Pedroia grabbed the signs and paraded them around the dugout for a while, much to the amusement of Terry Francona.
NFL great Curt Warner threw out the first pitch. I think he helped me win my fantasy league once. I should go thank him.
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