Game over: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2: Squandered chances eventually caught up to the Red Sox as they lost on an 11-inning walk-off sacrifice fly to right by Chone Figgins.
Alfredo Aceves (0-5) took the loss. This was a bad loss by the Red Sox, who had numerous chances to break this open.
In the 11th, Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo stroked back-to-back singles with one out with Ackley going to third. Figgins then lined out to Cody Ross in right. Ross made the throw to the plate, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia was unable to catch and tag Ackley.
Top 11th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: Anybody want this game? The Red Sox are showing signs they may not. Shawn Kelley made quick order of them striking out both Kalish and Aviles in a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: Aceves retired the M's in order, striking out John Jaso on a called third strike which the DH protested.
Top 10th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: First and second, nobody out and the Red Sox can't score. Pedroia and Ortiz singled up the middle, but Saltalamacchia struck out, Gonzales hit into a force play at second and Middlebrooks grounded to short. What an opportunity gone by the boards.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: Vicente Padilla took care of the first out, then walked Kawasaki. On came Alfredo Aceves who delivered a double-play grounder by Ichiro to Mike Aviles at short to end the inning and send this game into extra innings..
Top 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: Daniel Nava came up with two on and two out with a chance to put Boston ahead, but couldn't deliver as he flew out to left to end the inning. Ross and Kalish had singled with with one out, but Aviles struck out for the second out.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 2: Nice diving stop of John Jaso's grounder up the middle by Mike Aviles, who picked himself out and made the throw. Ross made a nice running catch of a Smoak liner to right. After Ackley reached on a single right in front of Nava in left, Valentine opted to yank Miller for righty Vicente Padilla who struck out Olivo on a 96 mph fastball for the final out.
Top 8th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 2: Lack of speed kills. Adrian Gonzalez tried to stretch a single into a double on an opposite field drive to left that would be a standup double for most, but not for Gonzalez who was thrown out by Chone Figgins to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 2: Mark Melancon replaced Josh Beckett in the 7th and it was really the first meaningful game Melancon has pitched in in a long time. After one out, Munenori Kawasaki singled followed by Ichiro's single. After Wells flied out to center sending Ichiro to third, Bobby Valentine opted for lefty Andrew Miller vs. lefthanded hitting Kyle Seager. Miller went to 3-2, seemed to have him struck out on a 2-2 fastball but didn't get the call. He threw a 3-2 curveball which Seager chased for strike three.
Top 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 2: There was no need for the Red Sox to panic down two runs against this team and they didn't. They quickly loaded the bases on three straight singles by Gonzalez, Middlebrooks and Ross. Ryan Kalish's fielder's choice to second got one run in and a passed ball by catcher Miguel Olivo scored the tying run. After Aviles grounded out, Daniel Nava drew a walk to put runners at first and second with two outs, but Dustin Pedroia's horrible night continued when he grounded out (0-for-4) to end the rally.
Bottom 6th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0: Well, wasn't that interesting? Things were going pretty well for five, but Beckett hit the the proverbial bump in the road. After one out, Ichiro singled and stole second base. After Wells walked, Seager singled to load the bases. Jaso, 0-for-11 vs. Beckett over his career, doubled off the right field wall, scoring a pair of runs. Smoak tapped back to the mound but Beckett must have thought there was a runner at first and started to throw toward home plate before Saltalamacchia pointed to first where he got the out. Ackley then walked before Beckett got out of further trouble.
Top 6th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Sox just can't seem to get anything going. Furbush held them at bay for 2-1/3 innings and now lefty Lucas Luetge retired them in order. David Ortiz was robbed of a hit by a nice diving play by Dustin Ackley at second base.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: The no-hitter pressure is off the table after Miguel Olivo singled with two outs. Beckett needs a little run support against the Mariner bullpen.
Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: A Cody Ross walk and stolen base with one out seemed to set the stage for a scoring opportunity, but the Sox were rebuffed again. After Kalish struck out, Aviles grounded out and Nava lined out to left.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Josh Beckett hasn't allowed a hit through four innings, but the outs are getting louder. Casper Wells sent a long drive to center field and Kyle Seager scorched a liner to Adrian Gonzalez. An out is an out, but Beckett is getting away with some pitches up in the zone.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Will Middlebrooks had a great opportunity to get Boston on the board. With runners at first and third after Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adrian Gonzalez singled, Middlebrooks struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Cody Ross saved the day for Beckett with a nice over-the-shoulder catch against the wall in right on a long drive by Ichiro to end the third inning.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Erasmo Ramirez was dominating the Red Sox for the first eight batters, but with Mike Aviles up and after throwing him a strike, Ramirez suffered some type of injury and has come out of the game. He was replaced by South Portland, Me's Charlie Furbush, who received all the time he needed to warm up. Ramirez had retired Cody Ross and Ryan Kalish before the injury. We're trying to determine what the injury was, but Mariner officials in the press box are unaware at the moment. Furbush came on and was greeted with a two-out single by Aviles, but Daniel Nava struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Beckett struck out John Jaso on an 0-2 pitch, but then walked Justin Smoak. Dustin Ackley grounded out to Adrian Gonzalez at first unassisted and Beckett got Miguel Olivo to ground out to third base.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Sox hitters having a bit of a problem solving Erasmo Ramirez early on. The Red Sox have never faced him. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit the ball hard, but right at first baseman Justin Smoak and Adrian Gonzalez and Will Middlebrooks made outs in the air.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Josh Beckett returned from the DL and had a successful first inning retiring the side in order on two fly ball outs to center and swinging strike out of Casper Wells. Beckett last started June 11 in a 4-1 loss to the Miami Marlins going seven innings and allowing four runs. He was placed on the 15-day DL after that with a sore right shoulder. He has lost his last three decisions.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Erasmo Ramirez has a pretty good arm and can get the heat up there to about 95 mph. He struck out both Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in a 1-2-3 inning. Let's see how the Mariners react here vs. Josh Beckett. Manager Eric Wedge had a little chat with his players after being upset with their performance in a two-hit shutout vs. Aaron Cook. The M's come into the game hitting .197 at home.