Game over: Red Sox went 1-8 on the West Coast trip by virtue of the loss tonight. The Red Sox couldn’t handle flamethrower Tom Wilhelmsen in the ninth except for a lead off walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The game was played in 2:47 before 13,037. The Sox have an off-day Thursday and then take on Toronto for the battle of last place in the AL East.
Bottom 8th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 Strong inning for Alfredo Aceves and another gem by Loney at first.
Top 8th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 James Loney takes a weak swing for strike three against Lucas Luetge stranding Jacoby Ellsbury (single) at second base.
Bottom 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 A combo of Andrew Miller and Alfredo Aceves offset the M’s. Cook, who did a nice job, was out after six.
Top 7th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 Mike Aviles walked and stole second base, but Scott Podsednik flied to left to end the threat. Aviles walked with one out. Bobby Valentine had sent out Ryan Kalish to pinch hit for Pedro Ciriaco, but M’s manager Eric Wedge brought in lefty Charlie Furbush and Valentine countered with Mauro Gomez. But Gomez struck out for the second out.
Bottom 6th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 James Loney made a nice diving stop of Dustin Ackley’s inning-ending grounder. Loney may not be quite Adrian Gonzalez at first, but he’s not far behind.
Top 6th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 Sox pulled closer when Cody Ross doubled into the right field corner scoring Jacoby Ellsbury, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Sox, however, couldn’t get the tying run in with one out.
Bottom 5th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0 Cook allowed a two-out single up the middle to Eric Thames, but held the status quo.
Top 5th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0 Sox offense not getting it done against Kevin Millwood, who has not had a win in his last six decisions. But the Red Sox offense make kings of these types of guys. They went down 1-2-3.
Bottom 4th: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0 Good times didn’t last long for Aaron Cook, who allowed two runs. The first three M’s reached with a pair of singles and a walk. After Cook got Brendan Ryan to pop out to second base, Dustin Ackley singled up the middle to score two runs.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Bases loaded, two outs and Ryan Lavarnway grounded out to end the inning. Sox loaded them up with two gone when Ross singled, Loney reached on an infield hit and Salty walked.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Aaron Cook struck out the side, giving him a season-high five for the game. He also walked two in the inning.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Sox go three-up, three-down as their offense, which enjoyed a little spark in one inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the M’s has recoiled once again.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Aaron Cook gave up a couple of singles that found holes to Jesus Montero and Mike Carp, but secured the final out on a Brendan Ryan fly to right to keep the game scoreless.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Sox had two runners on with one out after a Cody Ross single and a walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, But Ryan Lavarnway knocked into a 6-4-3 double-play.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Kyle Seager singled to right with two outs vs. Aaron Cook, who has not won in his last four decisions. Cook, who is 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA, is pitching for a job next season but hasn’t made a convincing case of late. He got out of the first, however.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Kevin Millwood retired the Red Sox in order in the first. Scott Podsednik flew out to center, Dustin Pedroia lined out to shortstop and Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to right field.