The Red Sox ended their seven-game road losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.
The Sox put up four runs in the eighth against starter Felix Hernandez, who had been virtually unhittable over seven innings. But Bartolo Colon matched Hernandez and went seven innings, allowing one run and throwing consistently at 95 miles per hour and topping out at 97.
Jonathan Papelbon came out for the ninth and created a little excitement when he threw away Miguel Cairo’s tapper to the mound and then allowed a single to Kenji Johjima sending Cairo to third. Paplebon fanned Yuniesky Betancourt, but Ichiro singled to center scoring Cairo. Johjima then scored on Papelbon’s wild pitch. Papelbon closed the game by getting Lopez on a grounder to second.
The Sox win this despite a couple of fantastic fielding plays by Gold Glovers – CF Ichiro Suzuki and 3B Adrian Beltre, who made mind-boggling defensive plays. Ichiro made a Willie Mays-like catch which his back turned to the plate of a long drive by Jason Varitek in the fifth, while Beltre made a great play on a diving stab of Pedroia grounder in the 8th on which he dove to make a great play on the ball and then touched third for a double-play.
Pedroia delivered the big hit in the 8th – a two-out ground-rule double – which highlighted the big inning.