Game over: Red Sox 4, Mariners 1: At least they were competitive today. But that’s seven losses in a row, the longest skid since a nine-game losing streak from Aug. 25 – Sept. 4, 2001.
The Sox have been outscored 58-16 on the trip.
Tough loss for Buchholz (11-5). Vargas (14-9) was the winner. Pedroia was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Top of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1: Pedroia walked and stole second in the eighth but Ross grounded back to the mound. Rich Hill and Chris Carpenter worked the bottom of the inning.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1: Buchholz struck out the side. He has fanned eight. The errors have killed him in a game he otherwise has pitched very well in.
Vargas is done and Josh Kinney is in.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1: Buchholz has held the line and, in fact, has a quality start. But the Red Sox haven’t scored since the first inning,
Top of the 6th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1: The Sox wasted a leadoff single by Aviles. Buchholz then retired the Mariners in order.
Top of the 5th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1: So much for the good times.
Gutierrez singled before Buchholz hit Seager. Jaso then singled in a run, as did Smoak. When Thames popped to center, Jaso held at third. But Ellsbury made a wild throw to the first base side of the plate that Lavarnway let get past him and a run scored. Ellsbury was charged with the error.
Olivo singled. When Peguero followed with a grounder to first, Iglesias held onto the ball after looking at second and threw late to first. He got an error as another run scored.
Ryan grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Iglesias ranged deep into the hole and made a quick throw across his body to start it. Great play after an inning full of terrible ones by the Sox.
Top of of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0: Buchholz has retired seven straight.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0: Buchholz blew away Smoak and Thames then got Olivo to pop to left. He looks pretty sharp so far.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0: The Red Sox still have a lead. This is amazing.
OK, enough jokes. Kalish made a nice running catch in left to end the first inning. He then singled in the second but was stranded when Iggy struck out looking.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0: Pedrioa doubled to center with two outs and scored on a single by Ross. That’s 1,000 career hits for Pedroia and a a 14-game hit streak. The Sox have their first lead since Tuesday.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from beautiful Safeco Field. It’s a sunny day in Seattle as the Red Sox try to break their losing streak.
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