SEATTLE — Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said that Daniel Nava was one of his toughest omissions from the American League All-Star team.
Nava may not be going to New York next week. But the Red Sox appreciate his value more every day.
Nava’s two-out, two-strike single in the 10th inning on Thursday gave the Sox an 8-7 victory against the Seattle Mariners.
Steven Wright pitched 5⅔ innings of scoreless relief for his first major league victory. He allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out three. Koji Uehara got the final three outs for his seventh save.
It was the second time in the four-game series the Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit to win.
The Sox are 4-3 on their West Coast trip after taking three of four from the Mariners. The Sox have won 19 series this season, one fewer than all of last year.
The winning rally started when Ryan Lavarnway drew a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat off Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen (0-3). Rookie Brock Holt then bunted pinch runner Jackie Bradley Jr. to second base.
With two outs, the Mariners intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury to get to Nava. Wilhelmsen got ahead, 0 and 2. Nava took a pitch then singled up the middle.
Nava has 52 RBIs on the season, tied for third on the team.
Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster had his worse outing in two months. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits over 3⅓ innings. Dempster walked one and struck out four.
The Mariners called up 23-year-old Erasmo Ramirez from Triple A Tacoma to make the start. Ellsbury started the game by driving Ramirez’s third pitch — a changeup over the middle of the plate — deep into the stands in right field.
Ellsbury’s third home run of the season extended his hitting streak to 19 games. That’s the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the longest of the season in the American League.
Dempster gave up the lead in the second inning as Seattle scored four runs.
Kyle Seager started the inning with a home run to right field that just got over the fence.
With two outs and a runner on second, Dempster got Brendan Ryan to ground to third base. Holt, who has been playing well defensively, dropped the ball twice and was charged with an error.
Brad Miller followed with a ground-rule double to center field. Endy Chavez, playing for the first time in the series, made it 4-1 with a two-run single to center.
The final three runs were unearned. Dempster threw 40 pitches in the inning, 18 after the error.
Seattle’s lead grew to 5-1 in the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Michael Saunders.
The Sox got back in the game in the fourth inning when they scored three runs.
David Ortiz walked before Mike Carp was hit by a pitch. Two-out singles by Holt, Jose Iglesias, and Ellsbury each drove in runs.
Dempster needed a quick inning. But instead he gave up two more runs. Singles by Miller, Chavez, and Kendrys Morales scored a run and ended the outing for Dempster after 91 pitches.
Wright, who was called up from Triple A Pawtucket on Wednesday, allowed an RBI single by Seager.
Wright held the Mariners down over the three innings that followed. That gave the Red Sox a chance to get back in the game, and they did in the fifth inning.
Dustin Pedroia singled, Ortiz walked, and Jonny Gomes singled to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Carp scored a run.
With two outs, Charlie Furbush replaced Ramirez. Red Sox manager John Farrell let Holt bat against the lefthander, and was rewarded with an RBI single. Iglesias also singled in a run and the game was tied, 7-7.
Furbush and another lefty, Oliver Perez, shut the Red Sox down from there.
Gomes drew a walk with two outs in the ninth inning off Perez. Farrell brought Shane Victorino off the bench as a pinch hitter. Seattle manager Eric Wedge countered with Wilhelmsen, and he struck out Victorino.