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September 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, Sept. 13: Red Sox win, 5-1

MARINERS NINTH: Daniel Bard finishes out Lester’s gem, Red Sox win 5-1.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Lester strikes out the side around a Chone Figgins walk. He has fanned 12, surpassed this year only by the 13 against the M’s on July 24. 5-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX EIGHTH:Fister gives up a two-run homer to Ryan Kalish, and then gives way to Garrett Olson. He gave up five runs tonight but actually pitched pretty well, I thought. 5-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX SIXTH: Fister gives up his first hit since the second inning, but it comes with an asterisk. Adam Moore botched David Ortiz’s foul popup for an error, and Big Papi came back to hit a double down the first base line, off Casey Kotchman’s glove. But Fister got the next two outs and has really pitched a fine game. Of the five hits he’s allowed, four were bunched in the second inning for all Boston’s runs. 3-0 Red Sox.
MARINERS FIFTH:First baseman Lars Anderson robbed Adam Moore of a hit with a lunging stop. Through five, the M’s only baserunner is Chone Figgins with a pair of singles — one infield. Lester has struck out seven. And he’ll be around awhile — he’s thrown just 59 pitches through five. 3-0 Red Sox.
RED SOX FIFTH:Lester makes quick work of Red Sox and has now retired 11 in a row to keep the Mariners in this one. 3-0 Red Sox.
MARINERS FOURTH:The M’s hope this one has same arc as last Lester start at Safeco on July 24. He had perfect game going with one out in sixth, ended up losing 5-1. But he’s rolling now, allowing just two singles to Figgins and nothing else. 3-0 Red Sox.
RED SOX FOURTH:Fister has settled down to retire eight in a row, but with Lester looking sharp, the damage may well already be done. 3-0 Red Sox.
MARINERS THIRD:Jon Lester strikes out Adam Moore for his 200th whiff of the season, then reaches 201 by fanning Josh Wilson. Lester had 225 strikeouts last year. The Red Sox retired Ichiro on a nice play by second baseman Marco Scutaro, who flipped the ball with his glove after fielding a slow roller and nipped Ichiro at first. 3-0 Red Sox.
RED SOX THIRD:Fister restores order with an easy 1-2-3 inning, including a whiff of Big Papi and a long fly by Adrian Beltre. 3-0 Red Sox.
MARINERS SECOND: Lester gets the M’s 1-2-3, with a pair of strikeouts. He has three for the game, and 199 for the season, third in the AL behind Felix and Weaver. 3-0 Red Sox.
RED SOX SECOND:The Red Sox roughed up Fister for four hits — three of them doubles — and three runs. Josh Reddick drove in a run with a ground out, and Daniel Nava and Lars Anderson had RBI doubles. Yeah, these aren’t the Red Sox you kne and loved. 3-0 Red Sox.
FIRST INNING:Doug Fister survived a two-out error by Chone Figgins to retire the Red Sox, and Jon Lester survived a one-out infield single by Figgins to retire the Mariners. It’s on! 0-0.
The Mariners have 19 games remaining, and need to win eight of them to avoid 100 losses. They have a tough task against the Red Sox, facing Jon Lester tonight, then Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz.

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