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September 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, Sept. 15: Mariners lose, 5-1

MARINERS NINTH:M’s go down meekly in ninth and lose their seventh straight, 5-1
RED SOX NINTH: Chris Seddon gives up leadoff walk, but gets next three outs. Ex-Mariner Scott Achison is coming in for the Red Sox to try to finish it out. 5-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS EIGHTH:The Mariners get a couple runners on against reliever Hideki Okajima, but Russ Branyan hits into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play. Buccholz, by the way, gave up one run in seven innings to lower his ERA from 2.53 to 2.48. 5-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX EIGHTH:They get another run off Rowland-Smith on a two-out walk by Scutaro, who steals second and comes home on Ryan Kalish’s stand-up triple into the right-field corner. 5-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX SEVENTH:Red Sox break it open a big with three straight hits to greet Rowland-Smith, including doubles by Kalish and Martinez, the latter good for two RBIs. 4-1 Red Sox.
(Ryan Rowland-Smith replaces Pauley to start seventh)
MARINERS SIXTH:Buchholz issues a pair of two-out walks, ending his streak of nine in a row retired. Kotchman gave the ball a good ride to center, but Kalish hauled it in near the track. 2-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX SIXTH:A Chone Figgins error allows the Red Sox to take the laed. With David Ortiz on second via an error and two outs, Daniel Nova hit a bounder to second that looked like the third out, but it skipped under Figgins’ glove as Ortiz scored. The Red Sox went on to load the bases before Navarro struck out. 2-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS FIFTH:Buccholz is finding his groove, striking out Moore and Woodward (hold your wisecracks) for the final two outs. He has retired seven straight, four by strikeout. 1-1.
RED SOX FIFTH:Pauley gives up a couple of singles, but strikes out Navarro and Kalish, both looking on breaking balls. 1-1.
RED SOX FOURTH:Adrian Beltre — remember him — hit a massive homer into the upper deck in left, his 28th, to tie the score. Beltre swung so hard he dropped to one knee. Remember, Beltre signed a one-year deal, so he’ll be a free agent again after the season and should cash in big. He entered the game hitting .328 with 96 RBI. 1-1.
MARINERS THIRD:Chone Figgins gets a one-out single but is thrown out trying to steal second by Victor Martinez, who is having a pretty nice game so far behind the plate. 1-0 Mariners.
RED SOX THIRD:Easy 1-2-3 inning for Pauley. If he ever gets to be an established pitcher, they can call the mound “Pauley’s Pavilion.” 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND:This will shock you, but the Mariners blew a golden opportunity. After a Kotchman infield single and a Lopez double put runners on second and third with no outs, Kotchman was picked off third by catcher Victor Martinez. Third baseman Adrian Beltre broke for third on the pitch, and Kotchman was dead to rights. Michael Saunders walked, and the runners moved up on Adam Moore’s ground out, but Chris Woodward’s comebacker ended the threat. 1-0 Mariners
RED SOX SECOND:Boston again gets the leadoff man on (Beltre walk) and again Pauley retires the next three. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST:Russ Branyan blasts a no-doubter homer off Buccholz with two outs, his 25th of the year, 15 of them with Seattle. Despite joining the team on June 26, he leads the M’s in homers — by four, over Franklin Gutierrez. 1-0 Mariners.
RED SOX FIRST:Pauley survives a leadoff single by Marco Scutaro — thanks to Chone Figgins spearing a screaming line drive by Ryan Kalish. 0-0.
The Mariners can help Felix Hernandez’s Cy Young chances to roughing up one of his contenders, Clay Buchholz, whose 2.53 ERA is second to Felix’s 2.39 (in 73 fewer innings, it must be noted).

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