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Final: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 14, 2012 07:14 PM

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Game over

Jon Lester pitched a complete game but lost the shutout in the 9th inning. He surrendered a lead-off single to Ichiro and a one-out double to Justin Smoak. Kyle Seager got the run across with a grounder to second base. The game was played in 2:25 before 37,334. Lester threw 119 pitches and allowed 8 hits, 1 run, no walks and struck out 6. It was his 8th career complete game and his second of the season.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 0

Will Middlebrooks singled and Cody Ross doubled high atop the wall to put runners at second and third and one out. After Daniel Nava was walked intentionally to load the bases, Marlon Byrd hit a sacrifice fly scoring Middlebrooks.

Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Another superb inning for Lester, who is pitching the best game of his season so far.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

The Red Sox haven't been able to add to their lead over the last three innings as they go down in order again.

Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Lester allowed three hits in the inning, but a double-play liner by Kyle Seager helped
Lester preserve the shutout bid.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

A Daniel Nava walk was all she wrote.

Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Lester allowed singles to Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley, but did not break as he got Ichiro to ground out into a force at second to end the threat.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Sox 3,4,5 hitters went down in order.

Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Lester got the M's to hit it in the air. One pop up and two fly ball outs.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0

Sox smacked two homers - a two-run shot by Daniel Nava with Cody Ross (single) aboard, and a solo homer by Kelly Shoppach,

Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

Lester retired 11 straight before Ichiro reached on an infield hit that bounced off Lester and the mound and which Middlebrooks couldn't make a play on.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

The Sox managed a two-out walk By Adrian Gonzalez, but Will Middlebrooks struck out to end the inning.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

Lester makes it nine in a row retiring the bottom of the M's lineup.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

Marlon Byrd reached on an infield hit to second base, but was thjrown out trying to steal. Kelly Shoppach reached on an infield hit, but Mike Aviles grounded out back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

Lester again throws two ground ball outs and strikes out Justin Smoak. Very sharp so far.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0

The Sox touched up Jason Vargas for a pair of runs. David ortiz, who continues to rake against lefthanded pitchers, doubled in Dustin Pedroia. Ortiz scored on Adrian Gonzalez' double to left.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0

Jon Lester struck out leadoff hitter Dustin Ackley and then retired Casper Wells and Ichiro on ground outs. Not raining right now. Game time temp was 56 degrees. Another late-arriving crowd.

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