Game over: Red Sox, 2, Mariners 1: Drama-free inning for Aceves for his 19th save. Sox salvage a split in Seattle. Try saying that fast.
Off to Oakand.
Middle of the 10th: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: Kalish pinch hit for Lillibridge and doubled to the gap in right. Pedroia singled him to third. Ortiz then delivered a sacrifice fly.
Aceves in to try to close it out.
Top of the 10th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1: Smoak doubled to left field with one out, Nava failing to make a sliding catch that he had to come a long way for. Kawasaki ran for Smoak. Ackley popped to right. Figgins walked but Ryan popped to right.
Sox are 0-5 in extra innings.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 1 Mariners 1: Middlebrooks walked with one out. Nava flied to left. Middlebrooks then stole second but Shoppach struck out.
Padilla on for the Red Sox. Seattle trying for a third walk-off win in four days.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1: Three groundball outs for Atchison. Now Tom Wilhelmsen pitching for the Mariners. Vargas went eight and pitched well, allowing one run on five hits.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 1, Mariners 1: Pedroia homered to left. It was his first homer since May 10, ending a drought of 162 at-bats.
Top of the 8th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: The Sox went in order. They have four hits, all singles. Scott Atchison then retired Seattle in order. The Mariners have scored five runs in this series and could take three of four. Wow.
Top of the 7th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: Ross had a single with one out. Then Gonzalez popped to first and Middlebrooks struck out. The Sox have two runs in their last 20 innings. Pretty grim.
Albers then handled the Mariners. This game is still there for the taking if the Red Sox ever wake up.
Top of the 6th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox bats slumbered on outside of Punto bunting for a single. Douront loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter. But Matt Albers came in and got Jesus Montero to ground to third. Middlebrooks touched the bag and threw to first for the inning-ending double play.
Doubront looks tired. He threw 87.2 innings (majors and minors) last season and is at 89.2 this season. The young lefty needs a blow.
Top of the 5th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: The Sox went in order again and appear to be snoozing. Doubront walked Olivo and Smoak. Then the Mariners failed to get a bunt down and Olivo got picked off second.
The Sox should be embarrassed at this point. Losing three of four games to this team would be a bit of a travesty.
Top of the 4th: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0: Ortiz walked in the top if the third, but that was it. In the bottom of the inning, Figgins singled, stole second, went to third on a single by Ryan and scored on Ichiro’s sac fly.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Quick, easy inning for Prince Felix. Red Sox starters have owned the Mariners in this series: 24 IP, 9 H, 2 ER so far.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0: Here we go again? Ross and Gonzalez (12-game hit streak) had singled. But with runners on first and third, Middlebrooks (4 of his last 25) struck out. Nava then popped to second. Shoppach walked to load the bases. Punto then hit a liner to third that Seager made a terrific catch on.
Punto fired his bat into the grass. More frustration for the Red Sox, now 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position the last two days.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 The Sox went in order as Vargas struck out Lillibridge and Ortiz. Doubront walked Seager with two outs the got Montero on a fly ball to right.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from chilly (62 degrees) Safeco Field. The roof was closed but was opened up for the game.
It’ll be Felix Doubront against Jason Vargas as the Red Sox try to split the series. Hang out for updates all game long.