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September 14, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, Sept. 14: M’s lose, 9-6

The Mariners scored a run in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, but still lose 9-6. Ichiro and Figgins combined for seven hits and five runs.
MARINERS EIGHTH:I’ve been tied up trying to make sense enough of this game for a newspaper story, but the M’s are headed for their sixth straight loss unless they can rally. They had moved ahead in the seventh on Franklin Gutierrez’s two-out double, but David Ortiz had the biggest hit of the night, a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth off Brandon League. It’s 7-5 Red Sox.
MARINERS FIFTH:The M’s get a pair of runs to tie it, with Ichiro contributing an RBI double and Russ Branyan a sacrifice fly. Again, the rally was defused when Chone Figgins (after a bunt single, his third hit) was thrown out trying to steal second. But Figgins appeared to be safe. 4-4.
RED SOX FIFTH:Three fly-ball outs by French. Eleven of Boston’s 14 outs (not counting runner thrown out at the plate) have been in the air. 4-2 Red Sox.
MARINERS FOURTH:Michael Saunders walks and gets to second on a wild pickoff (he should have gotten to third but inexplicably pulled up as he rounded second). But it was a moot point as Adam Moore grounded out for third out. 4-2 Red Sox.
RED SOX FOURTH:Jed Lowrie’s second homer of the game gives Red Sox a cushion. It’s Lowrie’s first career multi-homer game. He’s from Salem, Ore., by the way. 4-2 Red Sox.
MARINERS THIRD:The M’s ran themselves into a score, and then ran themselves out of a rally. Ichiro walked and stole second — their third steal tonight against Jason Varitek. He moved to third on Chone Figgins’ bloop single and scored on Russ Branyan’s ground out. But Figgins was thrown out by Varitek trying to steal third, the second out of the inning. Gutierrez flied out. 3-2 Red Sox.
RED SOX THIRD:The Red Sox add another run on a one-out walk by Scutaro, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Victor Martinez off the glove of diving third baseman Jose Lopez. Adrian Beltre singled Martinez to second, but Big Papi grounded out. 3-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS SECOND:Michael Saunders draws a one-out walk and steals second — the M’s seem intent on challenging 38-year-old Jason Varitek. But Matsuzaka struck out Adam Moore and Josh Wilson. 2-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX SECOND:The M’s saved one run when Michael Saunders gunned down Adrian Beltre, who had doubled, at the plate trying to score on David Ortiz’s single to left. But Jed Lowrie pounced on a Luke French changeup and blasted a two-run homer to left, giving Boston a 2-1 lead.
MARINERS FIRST:M’s get a run on an RBI single by Franklin Gutierrez after Chone Figgins singled and stole second (No. 39). Russell Branyan, who had walked, got to third, but Casey Kotchman hit into an inning-ending DP. 1-0 Mariners
RED SOX FIRST: Adam Moore, who botched a pop foul last night, handled two cleanly in the first as Luke French hand an easy inning. 0-0.
Alvin Davis, Mr. Mariner, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied by his 90-year-old mother, Mylie. Felix Hernandez received the pitch. Mylie, for her birthday, asked to see Safeco Field for the first time, so Alvin arranged a trip from Southern California. Both parties look spry for their age (Alivn turned 50 himself last week).
Daisuke Matsuzaka is starting tonight for the Red Sox, which is all the excuse I need to trot out (for about the 188th time) my favorite all-time Ichiro quote. It was in a 2007 Seattle Times story by freelance journalist Brad Lefton (who is in the pressbox tonight) and concerned Ichiro’s feelings about facing Matsuzaka for the first time in America.
“I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger.”
May we all have the zeal of a challenger tonight.

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