Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0
Alfredo Aceves pitched a perfect ninth, retiring Montero, Seager, and Smoak as the Red Sox improved to 17-19.
Bot 8th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0
Tom Wilhelmsen replaced Delabar on the mound for Seattle and was greeted by a double from Saltalamacchia. Ross then flied to right and Nava went down looking before Aviles made the Mariners’ southpaw pay with a double to left to put the Sox up, 5-0.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0
Rich Hill replaced Beckett to start the eighth. Here’s Beckett’s line: 7 innings, 4H, 2BB, 9K. He was perfect through the first three innings before allowing an infield single to Ackley to lead off the fourth. Beckett threw 93 pitches, 60 for strikes.
Hill sent the Mariners down 1-2-3. Ackley flied to right, Jaso grounded to second, and Ichiro grounded to first.
Bot 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0
Seattle is on its third pitcher. Here’s the line for Beavan: 4IP, 5H, 3R (all earned), 2BB, 4K. Charlie Ferbush relieved Beavan and tossed two innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Steve Delabar was able to quiet the Sox in the seventh.
Pedroia flied to right and Ortiz walked before Belabar K’d Gonzalez and Middlebrooks to get out of the inning.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0
Another relatively quick inning for Beckett. Smoak flied to right and Carp lined to Gonzalez at first before Michael Saunders singled to give the Mariners their fourth hit. Kawasaki grounded to second to end the inning.
Bot 6th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0
Sorry for the delay, the Red Sox have scored in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Ortiz got things started with his eighth home run of the season in the third inning. Ross walked and scored on Nava’s RBI double in the fourth and Nava later scored on an Aviles single to put the Sox ahead, 3-0, after four.
Ortiz made one of the stranger trips on and around the bases you will ever see for the fourth run of the game. The Boston slugger led the inning off with a bunt single down the third base line. He then advanced to second when Seattle failed to turn a double play. After a wild pitch moved Ortiz to third, he came into score on a Middlebrooks single.
Beckett has been lights out today, through six innings he’s allowed just three hits and struck out nine.
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Bot 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Once again the Sox put two runners on but were unable to score. Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off with a sharp single up the middle. Cody Ross then went down swinging before Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch. Nava has now reached base in 16 of 21 plate appearances this season. Aviles fouled to first and Sweeney struck out to end the threat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Beckett, pitching on his 32d birthday, continued to roll in the second. Former Yankee Jesus Montero began the inning by striking out looking. Kyle Seager was then robbed of a single up the middle by Mike Aviles, who made a nice diving play and a strong throw to get the Mariner’s third baseman by a step. Justin Smoak almost spoiled the party with a deep fly to right, but the ball landed just foul. Smoak then became strikeout No. 1,043 for Beckett in a Sox uniform, tying him for sixth all-time with Bruce Hurst.
It’s begun to rain a bit here at Fenway, but that doesn’t appear to be bothering Beckett, whose fastball has been consistently around 93 miles per hour.
Bot 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
After Sweeney led off with a fly out to left, Dustin Pedroia wasted no time starting his next hitting streak, reaching on an infield single to third base. Pedrioa had been on 14-game streak before going 0 for 3 Monday night. Ichiro then made a nice sliding catch to rob David Ortiz of a bloop single. Blake Beavan walked Adrain Gonzalez, but made it out of the inning when Will Middlebrooks grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Beckett set the Mariners down in order in the first. Dustin Ackley went down swinging on a cutter high and away. John Jaso lined to Cody Ross in right and Ichiro followed with a fly out to Ryan Sweeney in center. Eight pitches, seven for strikes for Beckett.