Game over: Red Sox 11, Mariners 8: Big win for the Red Sox on a night when both starting pitchers – Allen Webster and Hisashi Iwakuma were awful. The Red Sox stroked five homers (David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino) to lead the way.
Ortiz had four of Boston’s 16 hits. The game was played before 21,072 in 3:44. Koji Uehara earned the save, his sixth. Craig Breslow (3-2) got the win in relief.
Top 9th: Red Sox 11, Mariners 8: Daniel Nava singled, his first hit in five at-bats, but after an out, Pedroia knocked into a 4-6-3 double play.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 11, Mariners 8 – Mariners chip away against Junichi Tazawa. Saunders and Ackley singled and the run came in on Brad Miller’s grounder to first base.
Top 8th: Red Sox 11, Mariners 7 – Shane Victorino hits the fifth homer of the night for Boston. Ortiz stroked his fourth hit to give him 1,688 as a DH tying him with Harold Baines for the most all-time. Ortiz stole second base, his third of the season as Mike Napoili struck out for the third time. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia was walked intentionally, Jose Iglesias popped a single to leftc enter to drive in the 10th run. Brock Holt followed with a single to right.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Another effective inning for Bailey. He allowed a single to Kyle Seager, but then got Smoak to ground into a 3-6-1 double-play.
Top 7th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – The Red Sox didn’t much here. They got a Jackie Bradley walk against lefty Charlie Furbush, but Furbush struck out Daniel Nava to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Andrew Bailey came on to do some good work in relief of Breslow, who allowed a double to Brad Miller with one out. Bailey came on and struck out Nick Franklin and got Raul Ibanez to ground out to second base.
Top 6th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – The Red Sox squandered a chance to extend their lead. They had runners at second and third with one out after Pedroia walked and David Ortiz stroked an opposite field double, his third hit. But Danny Farquhar struck out Napoli and Saltalamacchia to get out of the jam.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Strong inning for Breslow with two strikeouts. Must admit being a,little confused as to why Alfredo Aceves didn’t pitch longer.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Jackie Bradley Jr. homered to left center to give Boston the lead back.
Bottom 4th: Mariners 7, Red Sox 7 – The Mariners put two runners on vs. Craig Breslow but couldn’t score.
Top 4th: Mariners 7, Red Sox 7 – The Red Sox tied it when Daniel Nava was hit with a pitch and Shane Victorino walked to set the stage for Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single to right..
Bottom 3rd: Mariners 7, Red Sox 6 – One pitch, tie game. Kendrys Morales hit his second home run to deep center – a 421-foot shot. Next pitch – single to right by Kyle Seager. Webster was gone after Justin Smoak’s liner to right was caught by Victorino. The new pitcher is Alfredo Aceves. Michael Saunders greeted him with a triple to right center scoring Seager as Seattle re-took the lead. Two ground balls to Jose Iglesias, who made nice plays on both, kept the Red Sox out of further trouble.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 6, Mariners 5 – All-Star Iwakuma not on top of his game either tonight. Dustion Pedroia clubbed a two-run homer to left center with Shane Victorino (single) aboard.
David Ortiz doubled to the right center gap before Mike Napoli tied things with a two-run blast to rigtht center on a pitch that almost hit the dirt. The assault continued with a double to left by Saltalamacchia. Iwakuma then struck out Iglesias, but the ball went to the backstop and Iglesias reached. Brock Holt lined a sacrifice fly to right to score the go-ahead run.
Bottom 2nd: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1 – Allen Webster just not ready for prime time. Brad Miller stroked a double to the rightfield corner to score three runs after Webster loaded them up with two walks and a single by Justin Smoak.
Top 2nd: Mariners 2, Red Sox 1 – Red Sox got one back on David Ortiz’ 18th homer – a low liner into the right field bleachers. The Red Sox made Iwakuma work. Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked a single to rightfield after the count was full, Jose Iglesias lined a single to right.
After Brock Holt grounded out to third as the runners advanced to scoring position, Jackie Bradley Jr., playing center field for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, struck out in a 10-pitch at-bat. Iwakuma has already thrown 40 pitches.
strong>Bottom 1st: Mariners 2, Red Sox 0 – Allen Webster’s home run woes continue. After he allowed a single to Nick Franklin, who was erased at second on a fielder’s choice by Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales homered to the opposite field (left) to give the M’s a quick lead. Webster has allowed six homers in six major league starts.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 – Hisashi Iwakuma leads the AL in ERA (2.60) so he’ll be a tough task for the Sox lineup. He retired the side in order in the first, striking out leadoff man Daniel Nava.