Game over: Red Sox 5, Mariners 4 (15 innings): Stephen Drew was the hero. His two-out walk-off single gave the Red Sox a 5-4 victory against the Seattle Mariners.
It was the longest game of the season for the Sox and their 10th walk-off victory, the most since 1996. The Sox have won four of their last five games and are back in first place by a half game as Tampa Bay lost, 7-0, against Arizona at home.
Dustin Pedroia drew a walk off Lucas Luetge (0-2) to start the winning rally. He took second on a groundout before Seattle intentionally walked Mike Napoli. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out before Jonny Gomes walked to load the bases.
Drew then singled down the line in right and the Red Sox celebrated.
Middle of the 15th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Britton allowed two singles in the 15th inning. With one out, Michael Saunders lined to left. Jonny Gomes made a diving catch then ran in and stepped on second for the unassisted double play as Raul Ibanez had taken off.
Top of the 15th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Brandon Snyder pinch hit to start the inning and doubled to the gap in left off Lucas Luetge. Ellsbury bunted Snyder to third base. With the crowd on their feet, Victorino flied to center. Snyder tagged up and was easily thrown out by Michael Saunders. Double play, inning over.
Snyder tried to barrel over the catcher instead of sliding. He might have scored had he slid.
Middle of the 14th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Britton worked a scoreless inning, striking out two. If the Red Sox win it here, he gets his first major league win.
Top of the 14th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Gomes pinch hit and drew a walk off Lucas Luetge. But Drew popped to second. Red Sox are 0 for 20 with two walks since Ortiz singled in the seventh inning.
Drake Britton on now.
Middle of the 13th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Breslow worked around a double. The Red Sox, who have gon silent offensively, looking for something.
Middle of the 12th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Breslow retired the side in order. As Fenway slowly empties out, the Red Sox seek a hero.
Top of the 13th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Farquhar stayed perfect as Victorino fanned, Pedroia flied to right and Papi popped to right.
Red Sox are 0 for 17 since Ortiz's single in the seventh inning.
Middle of the 12th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Breslow put two runners on via walks but got Brandan Ryan to foul out to end the inning.
Victorino, Pedroia and Ortiz due up. Can somebody end this game?
Top of the 12th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Danny Farquhar is perfect in two innings against the Red Sox. Seattle pitching has retired eight straight and 14 of 15.
Craig Breslow in now for the Sox.
Middle of the 11th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: After two perfect innings by Uehara, Matt Thornton started the 11th. He allowed two hits but was bailed out by Ellsbury, who made a sliding catch to end the inning and rob Dustin Ackley of an RBI single.
Bottom of the 10th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Napoli struck out, Saltalamacchia grounded out and Nava struck out. On to the 11th!
Top of the 10th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Three up, three down for Uehara. An 11-pitch inning.
Bottom of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Headed to extras. Ellsbury struck out, Victorino walked and Pedroia struck out (which prompted Farrell to argue with the umpire, saying Pedroia got a piece of it). But Ortiz popped out to end the inning.
The Sox, for what it's worth, are 6-4 in extra inning games this season. The Mariners are 6-9.
Top of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Uehara struck out Saunders on three pitches. Ackley flew out (two pitches) and Quintero grounded out (three pitches) for an extremely quick inning.
Bottom of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4: Daniel Nava, a defensive replacement lass inning, led off. He flew out on the first pitch. Drew struck out -- after he was up 3-0 in the count. Holt grounded out to end the inning. Koji Uehara should come in for the ninth.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 4:Junichi Tazawa comes in for the eighth inning. Final line for Lackey: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO.
Tazawa retired the first batter on the first pitch (lineout). Second batter -- Seager -- only took one pitch, too. His was a game-tying home run, just past the Sox dugout. That was the seventh home run issued by Tazawa this season. After Morales singled, Saltalamacchia spoke to Tazawa on the mound. Ibanez struck out. Morse hit the ball hard, but a nice scoop by Napoli at first ended the inning.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3: Victorino led off with a single. And then, for the second time in as many nights, Pedroia homers. This one, a monster shot over the Green Monster, gave the Sox a one-run lead. Fenway Park erupted, the loudest it had been all night. Pedroia, so excited to run the bases, almost lapped Victorino.
On a 0-2 count, Ortiz singled to right field. That prompted a visit to the mound for Perez, who was yanked after 21 pitches. In came Yoervis Medina. He induced Napoli into a double play. Saltalamacchia, already with two hits tonight, struck out to end the inning.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2:Lackey entered this inning on only 81 pitches. He needed just 14 more to retire three of four Seattle batters.
Saunders struck out swinging and Ackley flew out. Quintero reached first on an infield single but Miller, too, flew out.
Bottom of the 6th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2: Saltalamacchia led off with a single. Carp flew out to right field on his first pitch (89 mph fastball).
Drew walked on four pitches. Holt grounded out, but that was it for Iwakuma, who exited after exactly 100 pitches. Oliver Perez came in from the bullpen. He struck out Ellsbury (swinging) to end the inning.
Iwakuma's final line: 5.2, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2BB, 4 SO
Top of the 6th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2: A streaky inning for Lackey resulted in two runs.
Lackey issued a lead-off single, followed by a walk. On a 1-2 count, Franklin struck out. He initially attempted to bunt. Then Seager singled to load the bases. Morales' sac fly tied the ballgame. Ibanez singled to score one more and keep the inning alive. That prompted a visit to the mound from pitching coach Juan Nieves. Two pitches later, Morse flied out to end the inning.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1:Recent call-up Holt led off with a double. He advanced to third when Ellsbury's hard hit ball to center field was dropped by Ackley. Another error -- this time by Nick Franklin -- allowed Victorino to reach first and Holt to score. Pedroia drove in another run on a fielder's choice. Ortiz struck out for the second out. Remember the first inning when Ortiz grounded into a double play with no outs and bases loaded? So far, he has not fared well with runners on base.
With two outs, Napoli struck out to end the inning. The Sox scored twice to pull ahead, both runs unearned.
Top of the 5th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: Lackey was coming off a poor start, allowing a season-high tying five runs against the Orioles. So far, much better stuff. For starters, he seems much more economical with pitches -- only 55 through five innings. In this frame, he retired the Mariners in order, including three strikeouts. That upped his strikeout total to four.
Bottom of the 4th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: The Sox once again mustered a hit -- a one-out single from Saltalamacchia -- but once again could not score. Another good inning from Iwakuma, highlighted by his four-pitch strikeout to Mike Carp.
strong>Top of the 4th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: The Mariners are on the board, thanks to a one-out double from Kyle Seager. Lackey escaped the rest of the inning unscathed, as Kendrys Morales grounded out and Raul Ibanez popped out.
Bottom of the 3rd: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0:A 1-2-3 inning for Iwakuma, who has settled down after the first inning. He caught Ortiz swinging on a 91 mile per hour fastball to end this inning.
Top of the 3rd: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0: A one-out single from Dustin Ackley does no damage. It was a frustrating at-bat for Lackey, who had Ackley down 0-2 in the count but could not put him away. Nontheless, Humberto Quintero grounded into an inning-ending double play. Lackey at just 29 pitches through three innings. Carlton Fisk in the crowd tonight, shown on the large screen between innings.
Bottom of the 2nd: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0: The Sox get a baserunner in Stephen Drew -- single with one out -- but not much else. Still scoreless here at Fenway.
Top of the 2nd: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0: A lead-off single does not prove costly as Raul Ibanez grounds into a 5-6-3 double play. Michael Moorse flies out to end the inning. Lackey has only thrown 17 pitches, 14 for strikes.
Bottom of the 1st: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0: Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino led off the inning with back-to-back walks. That brought up Dustin Pedroia, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI last night. Pedroia singled too and David Ortiz came to the plate with bases loaded and no outs. On a full count, Ortiz grounded into a double play.
Mike Napoli walked, loading the bases yet again. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to end the inning. Zero runs after you load the bases with no outs? Not exactly an ideal start for the Sox.
Top of the 1st: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0:A very strong first inning for Lackey, who retired Seattle in order. Took only 10 pitches -- eight were strikes.
Pregame: Welcome to Fenway Park. Emily Kaplan here to provide live updates for today's game between Boston (64-44) and the Mariners (50-56). It's game two of a three-game series. The Red Sox won the opener last night, 8-2. Boston, embarking on a seven-game home stand, have won 12 of their last 17 games in Boston.
Newly acquired pitcher Jake Peavy is not at Fenway tonight. He has yet to arrive in Boston.
The pitching matchup is John Lackey (7-8, 3.19 ERA) against Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4, 2.87 ERA). Lackey has allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight starts, dating back to June 15. Last time out? He took a loss at Camden Yards on July 26, allowing a season-high tying five runs on nine hits -- including a season-high tying three home runs.
Brock Holt was recalled from Pawtucket to start third base today. He'll bat ninth. Stay tuned for updates and, as always, feel free to comment below.