Game over: Boston’s long seven-game losing streak is finally over after their comeback win over the Mariners. They were down 3-0 at one point, but a three-run homer by Cody Ross and Ryan Lavarnway’s solo shot, all in the sixth inning, was the difference. Jon Lester (9-11) pitched the first six, but the Sox got excellent relief from Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Vicente Padilla and Andrew Bailey to close out the win. Bailey allowed a two-out triple to Eric Thames, but got Kyle Seager to fly out to right to end the game. The game was played before 12,754.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 Sox had a chance to add some wiggle room here but came up short. Ciriaco beat out an infield hit and went to second on Jose Iglesias’s sacrifice bunt. After pinch-hitter Mauro Gomez’s fly ball to right moved Ciriaco to third, the M’s decided to walk Dustin Pedroia intentionally and pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury with finesse specialist lefty Oliver Perez on the mound. Ellsbury took three of the weakest swings you’ll ever see and the M’s escaped.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 James Loney started a 3-6-3 double-play on Mike Carp’s grounder. Jose Iglesais dug out a low throw at second and quickly threw to first to convert the twin-killing.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 Loney, Salty and Lavarnway got down in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 Nice work by Junichi Tazawa escaping a jam created by Craig Breslow, who allowed two hits and left the game with one out. Tazawa retired the dangerous Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 The Red Sox rallied again when Dustin Pedroia singled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked with two outs, but Cody Ross struck out.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 In his final inning, Lester retired the bottom of the M’s order. Lester went six innings, allowed three runs, nine hits, walked two and struck out four. He threw 111 pitches.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 3 The long ball returned to the Red Sox arsenal as Cody Ross banged a three-run homer, his 20th, to tie and Ryan Lavarnway homered off the left field scoreboard to take the lead. All four runs came against righty Blake Blevan. The Sox strung together back-to-back hits by Dustin Pedroia (extending his hitting streak to 15 games) and Jacoby Ellsbury. Ross now has 72 RBIs.
Bottom 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0 Lester got out of a two-on, one out jam by striking out Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo.
Top 5th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0 Jose Iglesais broke a 0-for-17 with double over third baseman Kyle Seager’s head with two outs. Per usual, he didn’t score.
Bottom 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0 Nice catch by Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a foul pop on which he reached into the first row of the stands to the left of home plate to retire Dustin Ackley for the final out. earlier in the inning, Saltalamacchia threw out Trayvon Robinson trying to to steal.
Top 4th: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0 James Loney stroked his second hit in as many at-bats, but the pathetic Boston offense couldn’t get him in.
Bottom 3rd: Mariners 3, Red Sox 0 Boston’s ace, Jon Lester, allowed back-to-back homers to Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager. Jesus Montero followed with a single. Pedro Ciriaco started a nice 5-4-3 double-play to get out of the inning.
Top 3rd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0 The Red Sox are retired in order by Blake Bevan.
Bottom 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0 Jon Lester got out of a situation where Jarrod Saltalamacchia committed a throwing error on an attempted steal and then Jacoby Ellsbury got off another weak throw in trying to make a play at third base. Lester retired Dustin Ackley anyway for the third out.
Top 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0 Typical Red Sox inning. A leadoff double by James Loney did not yield a run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia moved the runner to third on a ground out, but DH Ryan Lavarnway grounded out as the runner had to stay put, and Pedro Ciriaco flew out.
Bottom 1st: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0 The M’s got on the board first (no surprise), but Red Sox fans should be excited Jon Lester allowed only one run. Dustin Ackley reached on an infield single, and after two outs and a stolen base, Jesus Montero singled to right field to drive in the run. Justin Smoak followed with a broken bat single to center, but Lester retired Miguel Olivo on a force play at second to end the M’s threat.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 Scott Podsednik led off with a single and got to second on a stolen base with two outs, but Cody Ross grounded out to end the threat.