SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners are a team begging to get beat. They came into Saturday's game at Safeco Field hitting .197 at home and averaging 2.8 runs a game.
True to form, they managed only nine hits over 11 innings and three runs. But that was enough to beat the Red Sox.
"We have to find a way to win that game," Dustin Pedroia said after a 3-2 loss. "We had a lot of chances."
The Sox had 11 hits and drew two walks off seven Seattle pitchers. But they were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. The Sox had two hits in the ninth and didn't score, and two more in the 10th.
"You never want to go extra innings on the road," Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "Then it takes just one swing of the bat."
Alfredo Aceves (0-5) got one out in the 11th before Dustin Ackley singled. Miguel Olivo also singled and Ackley went to third base. With the infield in, Chone Figgins hit a liner to right. Cody Ross made an accurate throw but it short-hopped Saltalamcchia and Ackley scored.
It was the second walk-off win in the series for Seattle. The Sox are 0-5 in extra innings this season. Now they need a win on Sunday just to split the series.
Aceves was working his third inning but had thrown only 14 pitches. Bobby Valentine went for it with his closer. "There was no way he was coming out of that game," he said.
Had the Sox won, they would have been a half-game out in the wild-card race. The standings aren't too important now, but these are games that come back to haunt you later on.
Thanks to everybody for staying up late and following along.