Game over: Red Sox 11, Mariners 4: – Superb job by Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, who has put together 11 straight starts where he’s given up three or fewer runs. He improved to 6-3 and his ERA has dropped to 3.91 with seven innings, allowing just one run. Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup and stroked three hits and an RBI. David Ortiz hit his 19th home run. The game was played in 3:23 before 20,480.
Top 9th: Red Sox 11, Mariners 4: The Sox tack on a pair of runs. After Nava and Salty walked, Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen threw a wild pitch scoring a run. Mike Carp singled to knock in the second run.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 4: Tough debut for Brandon Workman. The Sox prospect was greeted with a solo homer by Brandan Ryan. He also allowed three doubles accounting for three total runs. He was throwing 95-96 mph, but suffered from Allen Webster disease – leaving balls over the plate.
Top 8th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 1: The Red Sox go down in order. Brandon Snyder (liner to left), Ryan Lavarnway (pinch-hitting for Ortiz) grounded out and Napoli struck out for only the first time.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 1: The highlight: A Jason Bay double to leftcenter and with two outs, a Henry Blanco RBI single which drew a mock cheer from the crowd. The attendance was announced at 20,480. This has become a spring training game. The Red Sox have made a host of substitutions. Victorino, Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are out of the game. Mike Carp, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brandon Snyder are in.
Top 7th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 0: Red Sox load the bases on a pair of walks to Nava and Holt and a hit batter (Iglesias). But do the Red Sox really need any more runs? No.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 0 – The M’s went down 1-2-3 against buzzsaw Doubront.
Top 6th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 0 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled and Jose Iglesias reached on an infield hit. Straight singles by Jacoby Ellsbury (his third hit) and Shane Victorino accounted for a pair of runs.
Dustin Pedroia then grounded to shortstop. Never mind the possibility of an inning-ending double play because shortstop Brad Miller threw wide of Nick Franklin at second base, scoring the 8th Sox run. David Ortiz followed with a sacrifice fly the fourth run of the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: The Mariners got a one-out double by Michael Saunders and walk by Brad Miller, but Doubront didn’t give in and held the M’s scoreless.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: Ortiz, Napoli and Nava went down in Harang’s best inning yet.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: After a Raul Ibanez leadoff walk, Doubront retired the next three batters.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and Shane Victorino singled him home. Harang has nothing.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0 – Doubront on the mark tonight – a broken bat bloop single by Brad Miller was the extent of the offense.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Mariners 0 – David Ortiz is smoking hot. Just launched his 19th homer to deep right-center with Dustin Pedroia aboard.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 0 – David Ortiz breaks the all-time DH record for hits (1,689) double to left. After Mike Napoli walked, Daniel Nava was hit with a pitch by Seattle starter Aaron Harang. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias followed with back-to-back sacrifice fly’s.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 – Felix Doubront starts strong with a pair of K’s to Nick Franklin and Raul Ibanez in a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0 – Jacoby Ellsbury singled to lead off, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double-play. Pedroia also grounded out.