Game over: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Lowell singled but Nava grounded into a double play and Lowrie flied to left.
The Sox split and at best will gain only a half-game today, putting then 5.5 back as they head to Tampa.
Middle of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Doubront continued his impressive work in relief, working around a leadoff walk. Lowell will pinch hit to start the bottom of the ninth.
Top of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
No dice. Martinez grounded to first and Ortiz hit a screaming liner to left — right at Tuiasosopo.
Bottom of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
This could be their chance. Pinch hitter Bill Hall led off with a double. Scutaro struck out. But Drew drew a walk and now League is in after Hernandez threw 122 pitches.
VMart up with Ortiz on deck. This could be the inning where not having Beltre around really hurts.
Middle of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Delcarmen, with the help of a two-out strike out of Branyan by Felix Doubront, got through the inning. Hal will pinch hit for Cash against Hernandez as Brandon League warms up.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Nobody got on. But Hernandez did have to throw 13 pitches. Still, no movement in the Seattle pen. Meanwhile, Manny Delcarmen in for the Sox.
Middle of the 7th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Atchison worked around a leadoff walk to Branyan. Hernandez takes the mound having thrown 93 pitches. If nothing else, they need to make him throw some pitches and get him out of there. They’d have a chance against the Seattle bullpen in the final two innings.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Drew hit a bomb into the seats in center for his 17th homers. Martinez followed with a single but Ortiz struck out and Navarro grounded to third.
The K was No. 1,000 for Hernandez. Since 1952, he’s the third-youngest pitcher to get to 1,000. Only Bert Blyleven and Dwight Gooden are ahead of him.
Middle of the 6th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1
The Mariners loaded the bases but Atchison struck out Figgins to end the inning. The Sox are still in this game. But so far Hernandez has dominated them.
Top of the 6th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1
Kotchman doubled with one out. Tuiasosopo then hit a sinking liner to left that Nava tried to make a diving catch on. The ball got by him for an RBI double. That’s it for Wakefield as Scott Atchison comes in.
The Rays lost and the Yankees are losing. A win tonight would really help the Sox, obviously.
Top of the 6th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
The King has retired seven in a row now. Lowrie grounded to second and Kalish and Cash struck out. Hernandez’s line so far:
He has thrown 75 pitches.
Middle of the 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
Wakefield allowed a two-out double by Branyan but got Lopez on a fly ball to center. He had pitched pretty well, all things considered.
Top of the 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
Hernandez recovered his mojo in that inning, disposing of Ortiz (F-7), Navaro (1-3) and Nava (K).
Middle of the 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
Wakefield allowed a two-out single to Matt Tuiasosopo but that was it.
Top of the 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
The M’s opened a door and the Sox only partially took advantage.
Slumping Ryan Kalish doubled off Hernandez. Kevin Cash and Marco Scutaro followed with grounders to short that Josh Wilson made errors on. That gave the Sox a run and two runners on. A wild pitch put them in scoring position.
But Drew struck out and Martinez grounded to first.
Middle of the 3rd: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0
And it gets worse. Wilson doubled before Ichiro had an infield single. With two outs, Ichiro stole second. Wakefield had a chance to get out of the inning but Lopez singled to center, driving in two runs.
For those of you interested in such things, today was Francona’s third ejection and the second career heave-ho for Beltre. The first was Aug. 24, 2002.
This umpiring crew is easily the worst in the majors with publicity-seeking clown Joe West the chief and Angel Hernandez out there.
Top of the 3rd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Hernandez got Ortiz on a grounder. Beltre and Nava were then rung up called third strikes by umpire Dan Bellino. The third strike on Beltre was low and got pulled up by the catcher. Beltre chirped about it from third base when he went out to play defense and Bellino threw him out from 90 feet away.
Beltre came running over and had to be restrained by the other umpires and Kevin Cash. Terry Francona came out to defend his player and also was tossed.
Now Yamaico Navarro is playing third. So to recap, it’s Wakefield against Felix Hernandez, the Sox are down 1-0 and their best hitter has been tossed.
There would seem to be little chance this game ends well for the Sox.
Middle of the 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Wakefield retired the side in order.
Top of the 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Three up, three down for Hernandez. He is 3-1, 3.17 in eight career starts against the Sox, 2-0, 1.23 in three games at Fenway. The 24-year-old is 67-51 for his career despite a sparkling 3.28 ERA and a 1.25 career WHIP. It’s hard to imagine what his record would be like if he pitched for a team that have him more support.
Middle of the 1st: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0
Wakefield didn’t do himself any favors there. Ichiro hit a grounder back to the mound and Wakefield airmailed the throw for a two-base error. A bunt and a grounder to first scored a run. Lopez then doubled off the wall before Gutierrez grounded out.
One run could be a big one against a pitcher like King Felix.
Top of the 1st: Mariners 0, Red Sox 0
Here we are again, more baseball at Fenway. The game will start at time and the field is actually in good shape. Those grounds crew guys have done major work the last few days.
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