Game over: Red Sox 6, Seattle 3
Jonathan Papelbon (two strikeouts) earned his 31st save by preserving a win for John Lackey last night amid the rain at Fenway. Lackey improved to 12-7 with the win, going eight innings to help give the Sox bullpen a rest. Marco Scutaro drove in four of the six runs. The game was played in 2:21.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 3
Marco Scutaro, again. The Sox shortstop knocked in two more runs with a single to center. He's got four RBIs. Lowrie and Nava led off with singles and were advanced by Kalish's sac bunt. Martinez chipped in with a sac fly to score the third run of the inning. Let's see if Lackey can hold this lead.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Mariners 3
Seen this before. Sox have lead, Sox lose lead when John Lackey is pitching. Lackey surrendered a pair of singles to to Ichiro and Figgins to lead off the inning. After striking out Branyan, Lackey clanged a tapper back to him by Gutierrez for an error. Kotchman followed with a two-run single.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Mariners 1
Scutaro's bases-loaded two-run single and J.D. Drew's single accounted for three runs as the Sox erased the one-run deficit. Sox loaded them up on a single by Adrian Beltre, a two-base error on left fielder Ryan Langerhans, who dropped a ball that bounced into the stands near the railing between third and left field. It's the second one of those in the last three games. After Daniel Nava walked, Ryan Kalish popped out to shortstop with the bases loaded. Things looked grim and the count went to 1-and-2 on Scutaro before he poked the single between first and second base into right field off Doug Fister.
Top 3rd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
The Mariners scored a funky run on a bad-hop grounder hit slowly by Chone Figgins to second that bounced off the back of Jed Lowrie's glove. It was ruled an error, allowing Ryan Langerhans to score.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Game started at 7:12 p.m. which I'm told does not constitute a rain delay. John Lackey, threw a 1-2-3 first inning, striking out Ichiro and Russell Branyan.