Game over: Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
The Sox lose two of three against Seattle and go 3-3 on the road trip. Their lead in the East is reduced to a half-game.
Wakefield (6-5) takes the loss with Furbush (3-4) getting the win. League had his 29th save. The games lasted only 2:14.
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Top of the 9th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
1-2-3 inning for Wakefield. But he’s going to need some help to win this game. Remarkably, he has thrown 94 pitches in eight innings.
Middle of the 8th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
Pedroia singled and scored on a blast to left field by Youkilis. Wakefield, at 83 pitches, back out for the bottom of the inning.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1
Wily Mo Pena doubled with two outs. Olivo grounded to third. Youkilis’ casual throw nearly got Gonzalez run over but he made the play.
Wakefield’s line: 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Furbush is done after seven excellent innings. Jeff Gray now in.
Middle of the 7th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1
Lowrie singled. But Crawford struck out, Salty lined to third and McDonald flied deep to center. The Sox have had the leadoff runner on base three times in the last five innings and not done anything to capitalize.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1
Wells homered to start the inning. The quest for 200 is looking a little bleak here for Wakefield.
Middle of the 6th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1
Gonzalez singled. Youkilis followed with a line drive to the gap in right that looked like a double. Right up until Ichiro flew in and gloved it. Ortiz then bounced into a double play.
Top of the 6th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1
Singles by Ichiro, Gutierrez and Ackley gave Seattle another run before Wakefield ended the inning. Aceves was warming up, so the leash may be short.
Middle of the 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
Ellsbury was hit by a pitch with two outs. Pedroia then flied out deep to center.
Top of the 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
1-2-3 inning for Wakefield as he bounces back.
Middle of the 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
The Sox got one back and missed a chance for more. Gonzalez singled, Youkilis walked and Ortiz singled to load the bases with one out. Lowrie had a sacrifice fly to left then Crawford popped up
Top of the 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0
Bad inning for Wakefield, worse one for second base umpire Ed Hickox.
Wells walked, stole second and went to third when Salty’s throw went into center field. Wilson followed with an RBI single. Seager then singled to right.
Ichiro grounded to first and Gonzalez went to second. Lowrie’s throw to first was late. But Hickox ruled that Lowrie had not touched the bag. Replays were a little inconclusive but Lowrie was close enough to merit the “neighborhood” call that has been in baseball for 100 years.
With the bases loaded, Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly. Wakefield then walked Ackley before Caro had an RBI single.
Wakefield limited the damage by getting Pena on a foul pop to first and Olivo on a grounder back to the mound.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Crawford walked. But that was it as Furbush struck out Salty and McDonald and got Ellsbury to ground to second. Crawford stole second before the groundout.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Six up and six down for Wakefield. Two innings in 22 minutes. That’s like two hitters in a Sox-Yankees ESPN game.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Six up and six down for Furbush, who has three strikeouts and three groundouts.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
1-2-3 for Wakefield on nine pitches.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0
Three up and three down for Charlie Furbush. Ellsbury struck out, Pedoria grounded to shortstop and Gonzalez grounded to first.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Safeco Field. The Sox are taking on Seattle after splitting the first two games of the series.
Tim Wakefield is seeking his 200th career win and Charlie Furbush (the pride of Maine) his third.
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