Final: Red Sox 8, Mariners 2: From an 11-hit, three-homer night from the offense to Brandon Workman’s six one-run innings the Red Sox manhandled the Mariners to win the first of this three-game set. They’ve won seven straight at home against the Ms.
End of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 1: Jarrod Saltalamacchia punished a 3-and-1 fastball from Brandon Maurer, shipping it deep to the seats in center for his ninth homer of the season. It’s his eight homer against right-handers and pads and already comfortable Sox lead going into the ninth.
End of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1: Just grabbed the baton. The Sox went down quietly, so with that let’s talk a little about Brandon Workman. With six innings of one-run ball, he’s allowed two runs or fewer in each of his first three major league starts. He’s the first pitcher since 1997 to allow two runs or fewer in each of his first three starts.
Roger Clemens was here earlier and he obviously keeps an eye on University of Texas guys like Workman.
He rained some general praise down, saying, “I think he’s great. The sky’s the limit.”
Then he spoke in broader terms about what he tells younger pitchers.
“The main thing I do is I try to tell them to stay healthy and separate what goes on away from the field when they come here to do their work,” Clemens said. “There’s just a few things that we clean up on their mechanics to try and give them an opportunity to stay healthy over time.”
One thing Clemens does is watch. But it’s mostly DVR viewing, he said, and even then it’s only the last three innings.
“They’d get upset because I wouldn’t watch them for the first three innings,” he said. “I did that on purpose because I told them, I can go get my 12 year old to throw strikes for three innings. I want to see when you’re tired and your mouths open and your hands are carrying and you have a little stress.”
Workman had five strikeouts in his last three innings, so he and the Rocket should have some good things to talk about.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1: Workman loaded the bases with one out as Seager, Morales and Ibanez singled. He came out to strike out Morse and Smoak to end the inning and walked off the mound with a big fist pump.
That may be it for him after 103 pitches. If so, a terrific outing: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
Julian Benbow will take you home from here. Thanks for reading.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1: Status quo here at Fenway. Workman has thrown 72 pitches through five strong innings.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1: Workman is dealing (3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Then Victorino (3 for 3) doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Pedroia, who took a wide turn around first and was thrown out going back to the base.
The Red Sox really need to clean up their base-running.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 1: Workman rolling on as he holds Seattle down. The Sox then went in order.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 5, Mariners 1: Workman worked around a two-out walk. Then the Sox went back to work on Saunders.
Iglesias hammered a line drive off the wall. He was out by several steps going to second and tried to juke around the tag. Then he went back to first base before trying to go back to second. He was out 7-4-6-3.
No matter. Ellsbury homered into the Seattle bullpen. Victorino then singled before Pedroia hammered a full-count fastball into the Monster seats. It was his first extra-base hit since the All-Star break.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: The Sox sent eight men to the plate and got Saunders to throw 29 pitches.
Victorino doubled down the line in left with one out. Pedroia grounded to shortstop and it was booted by Miller. Victorino scored on a passed ball and Pedroia on a single by Ortiz to left as he beat the shift.
Salty reached on an infield single and Gomes walked to load the bases with two outs. But Drew grounded weakly to first to end the inning. It was two runs but felt a little like a missed chance.
Middle of the 1st: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: Franklin doubled to left with one out. He took third when Seager flied out to the triangle and scored on a single by Morales. Workman fanned Ibanez to end the inning.
Joe Morgan ceremony: The former Sox manager was honored for the 25th anniversary of “Morgan Magic.”
Back in the pre-internet days, kids, Morgan became manager on July 14, 1988 after John McNamara was fired. The Sox won 12 straight and 19 of 20 to surge back into contention and eventually win the AL East. Morgan, who is from Walpole, captivated the city that summer.
Morgan received two seats from Fenway and a framed jersey. He also addressed the crowd briefly. Fun to see Dewey, the Rocket, the Can and some of those guys on the field again.
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway, where it’s a perfect summer night for baseball. The Red Sox will be looking to rebound from a tough 2-1 loss on Monday.
Brandon Workman, a University of Texas product, will be on the mound. Another Longhorn, one Roger Clemens, will be at the game as part of a pre-game ceremony to honor Walpole Joe Morgan.