End of game: Red Sox 7, Mariners 4
Talk about two teams heading in opposite directions. The Red Sox have now won 11 of 13. The Mariners have now lost 13 straight.
Lackey picked up his eighth win tonight, and Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games.
Middle of 9th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 4
Jonathan Papelbon came in for the save -- his 22nd. 1-2-3 inning.
End of 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 4
1-2-3 inning for new Mariners pitcher Josh Lueke.
Middle of 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 4
Franklin Morales entered the game in relief of Lackey, who allowed just one run over seven innings.
Ackley flied out to left. Olivo doubled down the right field line. Kennedy struck out. After Smoak walked, Carp hit a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall. That's Carp's first homer of the season.
After Cust doubled to center, Francona pulled Morales and put in setup man Daniel Bard. Halman flied out to right to end the inning -- but it certainly was an interesting inning.
End of 7th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 1
Saltalamacchia led off with a single up the middle. Scutaro flied out. Ellsbury singled to right center, and on the hit, Salty reached third. Pedroia walked to load the bases. Gonzalez bounced a single up the middle, and Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury scored.
Hernandez left the game, and Jeff Gray came on in relief. He gave up a double to the first batter he faced -- Youkilis -- which scored Pedroia. On an error by left fielder Carp, Gonzalez scored. Ortiz followed that with a single of his own, which drove in Youkilis.
Crawford and Reddick both hit into fielder's choices. Whew, quite the inning. The Red Sox have now outscored opponents 90-32 in the seventh innings of games this season.
Middle of 7th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Lackey struck out both Cust and Halman swinging. Ichiro then hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the stands by the third base line.
Ryan grounded out to third to end the inning.
End of 6th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Ortiz walked to start the inning. Crawford hit into a double play (the Red Sox' fourth of the night). Reddick grounded out to second for the third out.
Middle of 6th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Olivo reached base on an infield single. Kennedy and Smoak both flied out to left. Carp popped up to the catcher to end the inning.
End of 5th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Scutaro reached on an infield single. After Ellsbury flied out, Pedroia singled up the middle. Gonzalez walked to load the bases for Youkilis.
Youkilis then grounded into an inning-ending double play. That could have been a lot worse for King Felix.
Middle of 5th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Cust singled. Greg Halman and Ichiro flied out. Ryan singled. Ackley grounded out to end the inning.
End of 4th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez got his first 1-2-3 inning of the night. Saltalamacchia's ball gave him a little scare, though. Almost got out of the park.
Middle of 4th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Olivo and Kennedy both grounded out. Smoak singled up the middle. Mike Carp flied out to deep center to end the inning.
End of 3rd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Ellsbury led off with a solo home run over the right field wall -- his 16th homer of the season. Pedroia followed with an infield single, then stole second. Gonzalez struck out swinging for the first out.
Kevin Youkilis walked. Then Ortiz grounded into a double play to end the inning. Not the best night for Papi -- a groundout and a GIDP -- on his return from his suspension.
Middle of 3rd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Another 1-2-3 inning for Lackey. Two groundouts and a soft line drive.
End of 2nd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Carl Crawford led off with a single to left. Reddick then beat out a ground ball to second with a head-first slide into first base.
With two runners on and no out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out and Marco Scutaro hit into an inning-ending double play.
Middle of 2nd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
1-2-3 inning for Lackey. He handled the bottom of the Mariners' order just like he should have. Only item of note: Josh Reddick caught Jack Cust's fly ball in right field. Reddick got the start over a struggling J.D. Drew. Time for the RF debate. Who do you think should be out there?
End of 1st: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to short. Dustin Pedroia singled to left, extending his career-high hitting streak to 19 games. Pedroia advanced to second on a groundout and took third on a passed ball. Kevin Youkilis then singled to left, which scored Pedroia and tied the game.
David Ortiz grounded out for the third out.
Middle of 1st: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Ichiro Suzuki led off the inning with a single. He stole second and third during Brendan Ryan's at-bat, then scored on a single to left by Dustin Ackley. After both Miguel Olivo and Adam Kennedy reached base, Red Sox starter John Lackey struck out Justin Smoak to end the inning.