Game over: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Koji Uehara finished off Stephen Wright’s superb relief work with a save in the 10th retiring the Mariners in order. The Red Sox won three out of four in 4:04 before 25,367 at Safeco.
Top 10th: Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 – Wilhelmsen was throwing 98-99 mph but the Red Sox created a difficult inning for him. He walked Ryan Lavarnway on a tremendous at-bat where he fouled off several high-velocity pitches. Holt moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt that looked like he might have beat out. After Igelsias struck out, Ellsbury was walked intentionally. Nava then came through with s single up the middle to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley with the go-ahead run.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – Wright allowed a single to Smoak with one out but then threw a 6-4-3 double-play grounder to Mike Zunino to record his sixth shutout inning.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – Perez retired Pedroia and Ortiz (on a long fly to deep center), but walked Jonny Gomes. Perez was replaced by closer Tom Wilhellmsen who struck out PH Shane Victorino.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – Wright has given the Red Sox five innings of shutout relief in one of the best relief outings by a Red Sox pitcher this season..
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – If lefty Oliver Perez is not on Boston’s radar to acquire for their bullpen, he should be. Perez retired the side with three K’s and overall has had an excellent year.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – Mike Carp Bucknered Michael Saunders’ grounder for a two-base error with two outs, but that didn’t deter Wright who got a ground ball out to retire the side.error at first.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – Ryan Lavarnway showed some stroke with a two-out double against Furbush, but Brick Holt couldn’t get him in.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – The middle of the Red Sox infield – Iglesias and Pedroia is pretty fun to watch. They converted another doubple-play on a nice fielding play by Iglesias who was off-balance as he fielded Morales’ grounder and tossed to Pedroia who made a nice turn.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 7 – A 1-2-3 inning for M’s.
Koji Uehara quipped that he wasn’t that popular in Japan. He might be right. He finished fourth in the final online vote for the All-Star team.
Bottom 5th: Mariners 7, Red Sox 7 – Wright has a strong inning with a walk. Jose Iglesias makes an outstanding play on a low liner to force the runner at second base.
Top 5th: Mariners 7, Red Sox 7 – The Red Sox loaded the bases when Pedroia singled, Ortiz walked and Gomes singled off Ramirez. Carp lofted a fly ball to left which scored a run. Lavarnway flew out to left. That was it for Ramirez. Charlie Furbush came on and he allowed RBI singles to Brock Holt and Jose Iglesias. Ellsbury struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Mariners 7, Red Sox 4 – Kendrys Morales stroked an RBI single scoring Brad Miller, who led off the inning vs. Dempster with a single to right. After Endy Chavez reached on a bunt single, Dempster struck out the tough Ibanez., but Morales followed with the RBI. That was the end for Dempster. Knuckleballer Steven Wright came on. Kyle Seager singled to right scoring the second run. Wright got out of it after that stranding runners at second and third after a wild piutch. He retired the next two batters with Pedroia saving him with a tremendous reactionary play on a hard-hit ball by Smoak. Pedroia managed to scoop the hard-hit ball and throw him out. Wright struck out Zunino to strand the runners.
Top 4th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 4 – The Sox chipped away at Erasmo Ramirez scoring three runs with two outs. Ortiz led things off with a walk and Mike Carp was hit with a pitch with one out. After Ryan Lavarnway became Ramirez’ second strikeout victim of the inning, Holt and Iglesias hit successive ground balls just out of the reach of 2B Brad Miller to score two runs. Ellsbury lined a single to right-center driving in the third run of the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Mariners 5, Red Sox 1 – M’s add to their lead vs. Dempster, who retired the first two batters, then had some two-out issues when he walked Smoak, hit Zunino with a pitch and allowed an RBI single to Saunders.
Top 3rd: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1 – Ellsbury walked with one out, but Nava and Pedroia made outs to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Mariners 4, Red Sox 1 – Kyle Seager hammered a home run to rightfield off Dempster. Justin Smoak followed with a long smash to left on which Jonny Gomes made a nice leaping catch at the wall. Mike Zunino singled to left and Michael Saunders flew out to left. After a wild pitch advanced Zunino to second base, Brendan Ryan reached on an error at third by Brock Holt, who couldn’t get a handle on the grounder. Brad Miller stroked a ground-rule double to the gap in right-center which turned out to be a break for the Red Sox as it only scored one run.The break didn’t last long. On a 3-2 pitch, Endy Chavez lined a single up the middle scoring both runners.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0 – Mike Carp carved out a walk in an otherwise routine inning for Erasmo Ramirez.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0 – M’s hit the ball hard against Ryan Dempster, but do not score. With two outs, Raul Ibanez hit a single off the right field wall, but Kendrys Morales hit a hard liner to right on which Nava ranged toward center to make the catch.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Mariners 0 – Who says he’s not hitting for power? Jacoby Ellsbury belted his third homer to right field to lead off the game against Erasmo Ramirez.