Game over: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Josh Wilson struck to end it. That’s two wins in a row for the Sox, who are now 3-2 on their road trip and three games out in the wild card thanks to Tampa Bay losing earlier in the day.
Scott Atchison (2-1) got the win in relief of a solid Josh Beckett. That’s 22 saves for Papelbon. A crowd of 34,932 watched. Jason Vargas (6-5) took the hard-luck loss.
Back with more after a trip to the clubhouse.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
It’s never easy. Papelbon got two quick outs before No. 9 hitter Jack Wilson doubled to right. Now Ichiro is being walked.
Bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Hermida’s error just got changed to a hit. It’s 12:40 a.m. Is anybody even reading this? Does anybody care? Hello? Anyway, that’s the deal.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Cameron singled before pinch hitter Jeremy Hermida eached on an error with one out. But Cash grounded into a double play.
Patterson in to play left after running for Hermida. Papelbon in to try and get the save
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Lopez grounded out and Bard whiffed Smoak and Bradley.
Bard’s last 15 outings: 14.2 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts. He last allowed a run on June 10.
Meanwhile, it turns out they do have Papelbon available as he is warming up.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Sox went in order against Brandon League. Bard comes out of the bullpen. Love this move. use Bard against the 3-4-5 hitters and either leave him in or use somebody else to close against the lesser hitters.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Atchison walked Jack Wilson then got three straight grounders to short. Nice work by the former Mariners who met his wife here when he played AAA ball in Tacoma.
Scott’s on my list of good guys I have met covering baseball who I will root for to do well. Good solid person who works hard at what he does.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1
Bill Hall slugged a homer to left, his second in as many days and his 10th of the year. So Bill Hall has 10 homers and Jason Bay has six for the Mets. That’s what we all expected, right?
Hall has his weaknesses but he was a very good pickup for the Sox this season.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Beckett walked Saunders with two outs and was replaced by Scott Atchison. He got Johnson to fly to center to end the inning.
Solid return for Beckett. In his first game since May 18, he went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches, 62 for strikes. The Sox must have had him at a 100-pitch limit.
Three runs in the last 12 innings for the Sox. Now would be a good time to get a few and pick up a game on the Rays, who lost tonight.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Another wasted opportunity for the Red Sox as bad luck and bad base-running came into play.
Ortiz singled through the shift with one out. Youkilis followed with a bomb to the gap in left. Ortiz would have scored but the ball hopped over the fence and he had to stay at third.
Seattle then walked Beltre to get to Drew. As Drew batted, Ortiz was picked off third. What a terrible play. Drew then walked to load the bases before Cameron struck out.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Josh Wilson doubled with one out but Gutierrez grounded out and Lopez flied to center. Nice outing for Beckett thus far: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. He has thrown 84 pitches.
Discontent among the Mariners?
Chone Figgins was taken out the game after apparently not hustling after the wayward throw from Saunders. The Seattle beat writers were peering into the dugout as apparently Figgins did not like being taken out.
Josh Wilson now playing second base.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Cameron led off the inning with a double to left and then alertly took third when the throw from Saunders went awry. Cameron had a nice takeout slide in the third inning. He’s obviously feeling much better physically and making some very athletic plays.
You have to give the guy credit for battling though his injury and hanging in there while the team needed outfielders.
Alas, his hustle in this inning went for naught as Hall and Cash popped up and Scutaro grounded out.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Saunders had a one-out double in the bottom of the fourth. But Beckett got Johnson to pop to first base before Wilson grounded to third, allowing Beltre to tag Saunders, who inexplicably ran into the out.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1
Youkilis singled with two outs and scored on a double to left by Beltre, who was booed by the crowd. Drew had a chance to add to the lead but popped up to second.
That’s 62 RBIs for Beltre and 45 extra-base hits. He drove in 44 for the Mariners last season and had 35 extra-base hits. No wonder they booed.
Top of the 4th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Ichiro reached on an infield single, his second of the game. The man makes a living off them, it’s amazing. After Figgins walked, Gutierrez bounced a ball to third base. The Sox got an out at second.
Lopez popped to short and Smoak grounded to second. Smoak is 8 for 42 with four RBIs since being obtained as part of a package for Cliff Lee. That can’t be endearing him to the fans here.
Middle of the 3rd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Cameron drew a walk but that was as far as it went. Hall grounded into a force, Cash struck out and Scutaro grounded into a force.
Top of the 3rd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Beckett looked sharp in that inning, needing only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. He struck out Johnson and Wilson.
Middle of the 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Easy inning for Vargas as Youkilis and Beltre grounded out before Drew fouled out to the third baseman. Six up and six down.
Top of the 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Rough return for Josh Beckett. Ichiro reached on an infield single that could have been called an error as Marco Scutaro double clutched before throwing late. Ichiro stole second as Figgins struck out. Becket then struck out Gutierrez.
With two outs, Lopez hit a ball down the third base line. He ran a few steps and stopped. Ichiro stopped as well, believing the ball was foul. But umpire Phil Cuzzi called it fair and it went for a ground rule RBI double.
Nice month for Cuzzi, who has been at the center of several messes in recent years.
Beckett threw 26 pitches in the inning.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
The Sox went in order against Jason Vargas. David Ortiz gave umpire Chris Guccione some grief on a called strike before flying to left. That’s 33 at-bats since his last home run.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
We’re underway here at Safeco. Nate Robinson of the Celtics, a University of Washington product and a Seattle native, threw out the first pitch. He then took the microphone and started a “Let’s Go Mariners” chant.
What’s up with that, Donkey? Going against the Sox? Better to stay quiet.
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