Game over: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0 A complete game 2-hit shutout by Aaron Cook, who needed only 81 pitches in 2:18 to dispose of the 28 Mariners he faced. The Sox hit four homers, three in the fifth inning. All of Boston’s runs came on homers by Will Middlebrooks, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Cody Ross and Daniel Nava.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Will Middlebrooks singled up the middle for his second hit and with two outs Mike Aviles averted a frustrating night with a double down the right field line sending Middlebrooks to third. Daniel Nava had an excellent righthanded at-bat culminating in a walk to load the bases before Dustin Pedroia lined out to right to end the threat.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: A sensational double-play started by Dustin Pedroia on a smoked ground ball by Dustin Ackley after John Jaso singled got Cook out of another inning quickly.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0 Ortiz, Salty and Gonzalez go down in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Another quick, perfect inning for Cook. He has thrown only 64 pitches. What an amazing game for him.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Sox go down in order.
Bottom 6th::Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Cook is working on a one-hit shutout and has thrown 52 pitches. Shawn Kelly, the Seattle reliever, has retired all six batters he has faced.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: David Ortiz is still looking for home run No. 400, but he doubled to the gap in rightcenter and rode home on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s two-run homer, his 15th and the fourth Sox homer of the night. After Adrian Gonzalez singled, Eric Wedge finally relieved Noesi of further duty.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Mariners 0: Cook mows the Mariners down again. Five strong, economical innings for the veteran righthander.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Mariners 0: Will Middlebrooks hit a long out in his first at-bat, but this time he made sure, stroking his 10th homer to left field to end a 16-inning scoring drought by the Red Sox. Cody Ross followed with a home run to the upper deck, his 12th. After Hector Noesi retired Ryan Kalish and Mike Aviles on pop ups, Daniel Nava struck for the third round-tripper of the season on a 1-2 pitch deep into the rightfield bleachers.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Ichiro reached with the first hit off Cook, an infield hit toward the second base bag. Cook got the sinker working, however, and induced a double-play grounder by Casper Wells, folllowed by a ground ball out by Kyle Seager to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Looking like last night so far. Dustin Pedroia was hit with a pitch to start the fourth and then the next three batters went out. Ortiz crushed a ball to left that was caught at the wall by Chone Figgins.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Nine up, nine down for Aaron Cook through three innings. The veteran righty is tossing some serious ground balls – six of them already.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Ryan Kalish singled through the shortstop hole with one out. Mike Aviles then lined a ball to left that hung up too long and Chone Figgins was able to make the catch. Daniel Nava grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Cook is throwing ground balls and working quickly with another 1-2-3 inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Three fly balls, three outs for the Sox. Middlebrooks sent the center fielder, Wells back to the wall. Safeco Field steals another one.
Nick will be taking over from here. Enjoy the rest of the game.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Pedroia drew a one-out walk before Ortiz grounded into a double play. Cook then retired the side in order.
Pre-game: Good evening from Safeco Field. The roof is open and it’s a pleasant night as Aaron Cook faces Hector Noesi. Hang out for updates and feel free to leave your comments.