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Workman Falls Apart in 4th as Red Sox Drop 7th Straight

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Brandon Workman meets with catcher David Ross to try and figure out what went wrong as Workman gave up seven runs while recording just one out before he was pulled in the fourth inning. Michael Dwyer/AP

BOSTON – Given a three-run lead after three innings, right-hander Brandon Workman gave it all back and more in the fourth inning, as the Mariners sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs on their way to a 7-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The loss extends the Sox losing streak to seven games and eight of their last nine.

Workman took the loss as he went just 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts, a home run, and a wild pitch. His record fell to 1-8 as his ERA rose from 4.26 to 4.93.

Workman allowed the first three batters of the inning to reach base – Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager on singles, and Chris Denorfia with an RBI double – before he could record an out, striking out Endy Chavez.

But that was the last out Workman would record as the next four batters reached base, ending Workman’s outing. The big blow of the inning was Dustin Ackley’s three-run home run, putting the Mariners ahead, 7-3, driving Workman from the game.

The Sox scored single runs in each of the first three innings of Mariners right-hander Chris Young, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks. Young was done after loading the bases with two outs on a hit and two walks in the fourth.

Young had been looking for his career-high 13th win, but his abbreviated outing short-circuited that. The win went to Tom Wilhelmsen, who relieved Young, striking out Mike Napoli to end the threat. Wilhelmsen went 1 1/3 scoreless and hitless innings, giving up a walk and three strikeouts to record the win.

The Sox had runner on base in every inning but the ninth, but could not put up any more runs after the third. The Sox are now 4-for-57 with runners in scoring position, leaving 61 runners on base in their seven-game losing streak.

The Sox and Mariners exchanged hit batters in the later innings. David Ortiz was hit by a pitch from Charlie Furbush with two outs in the sixth, and Robinson Can was hit by a pitch from Alex Wilson in the seventh. Ortiz later left the game with left elbow contusion.

David Ross was ejected in the eighth by first base umpire Vic Carapazza after being called out on strikes. It was Ross’ first career ejection.

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MVP: Dustin Ackley
Ackley’s three-run homer was the big blow in the Mariners’ seven-run fourth inning. . It was Ackley’s fifth home run since July 31, following a stretch of 222 at-bats with a home run from May 11 – July 30. He also stole his eighth base of the season in the game. Five of his eight stolen bases have been in August.

GOAT: Brandon Workman
Workman took the loss, his eighth consecutive this season, going 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk with three strikeouts, a home run, and a wild pitch. His record falls to 1-8.

QUOTE/TWEET OF THE GAME:
“It was really just not executing pitches. The ball was up all day for me. You can’t pitch like that, you can’t pitch everything belt high. That’s what I did today and they took advantage of it.” – Brandon Workman

NUMBERS TO KNOW:
David Ortiz left Saturday’s game with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch. He is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in the game, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. His first-inning pop out snapped a streak of nine straight plate appearances reaching base…Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. He has driven in 17 of the Sox 56 runs, 30 percent, over the last 15 games, with multiple RBI in five of those games. His 17 RBI since being acquired at the trade deadline lead the Sox in that time. He recorded his 14th outfield assist throwing out Kyle Seager at the plate in the second inning, taking over sole possession of the major league lead. He had been tied with Jackie Bradley…Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5, his 11th game this season with at least three hits and his team-high 42nd multi-hit game of the season…Mookie Betts went 1-for-3, extending his on-base streak to eight games… David Ross was ejected in the eighth inning by first base umpire Vic Carapazza after being called out on strikes. It was Ross’ first career ejection...Alex Wilson threw a career high 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. He snapped a streak of 24 consecutive batters retired when he hit Robinson Cano with the first pitch of the at-bat with one out in the seventh.

WHAT IT MEANS:
The loss extended the Sox losing streak to seven games and eight of their last nine, dropping them to a season-low 17 games below .500 at 56-73. In their losing streak they are 4-for-57, batting .070, with runners in scoring position, leaving 61 runners on base. The Sox are now 39-20 when scoring first.

LOOKING AHEAD:
The Sox play the finale of their 11-game homestand and the final game of their season series against the Mariners at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. Right-hander Allen Webster (3-1, 4.73) is scheduled to start, opposed by right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57).

This will be the second start of Webster’s career against the Mariners on Sunday, the first time he will face them at Fenway Park. In his last outing against them, on July 9, 2013, at Safeco Field, he went 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits. This will be his sixth start of the season. In his last outing, Aug. 19 against the Astros, he took a no-decision, going six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Iwakuma is scheduled to make his 22nd start of the season on Sunday. In four August starts he is 3-1 with a 0.61 ERA, giving up two earned runs over 29 1/3 innings. This will be his fourth career start against the Red Sox. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 8.53, allowing 12 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. He took the loss in his only other start at Fenway Park, on July 31, 2013, when he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned.