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April 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Mariners at Boston Red Sox: April 29, 2011 game thread

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Seattle just scored twice in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead, jumping all over ineffective relief pitcher Bobby Jenks. You’ll remember Jenks as the 2005 World Series hero for the White Sox, but he’s been anything but good in Boston so far and the fans let him have it.
Jenks came on in the seventh and served up a single to Ichiro, then a double to the left field corner by Chone Figgins. Milton Bradley struck out, but Miguel Olivo grounded out to the right side to bring the tying run home.
Jack Cust then stepped in, slump and all, and ripped a ball to left center off the Green Monster for an RBI double. Hit it right where Wedge was saying pre-game that he needed to.
So, the M’s have a lead. Chirs Ray was warning up but Jason Vargas just pitched an east 1-2-3 eighth. Not sure they’ll bring Ray in now. But who knows? On to the eighth.


5:52 p.m.: Both teams have traded runs to make it a 4-3 game, the Red Sox leading, as we head to the bottom of the fifth. Mike Cameron hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, a solo shot to left field over the Green Monster.
But the M’s got the run back in the fifth as Ichiro singled to end the night for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Chone Figgins then singled to left off new reliever Matt Albers.
Milton Bradley. mired in an awful slump, then hit a double play ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The throw to second was in time, as was the throw back to first. But Albers, covering the bag, let the ball get by him and into the Boston dugout.
That allowed Ichiro to score an unearned run, making it a one-run game.
5:25 p.m.: Boston scored twice in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead, with three straight two-out singles doing the trick. Darnell McDonald caught a break that inning when first base umpire Greg Gibson ruled he was still alive at the plate after he’d foul-tipped a ball into catcher Miguel Olivo’s glove. The ump ruled the ball touched the dirt, though replays appeared to show otherwise.
McDonald walked on the next pitch and was later erased on a fielder’s choice. But the runner, Jacoby Ellsbury, went to second on an Adrian Gonzalez single and then scored on a singe to left by Kevin Youkillis.
David Ortiz then pulled a single past the shift and into right field, bringing Gonzalez home with the go-ahead marker.
4:52 p.m.: Mike Cameron was notorious back in his Seattle days for not liking how the dimensions of Safeco Field robbed right handed hitters of home runs. Well, Cameron made up for some of that here in the second inning, using the famed Pesky’s Pole in right field to wrap a solo home run around.
Fenway Park’s lesser known outfield quirk next to the Green Monster, the oddly-configured right field fence is about waist high and just 302 feet from home plate if you can actually angle a ball fair in that direction. Well, Cameron did just that, hitting a ball off the end of his bat that Ichiro seemed destined to easily catch. But the ball kept drifting to Ichiro’s left, to the point where he could no longer catch it because it was in the stands.
Tough break for Jason Vargas, but the Seattle lead is now cut to 2-1.
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4:24 p.m.: Break up the Mariners! Justin Smoak just delivered a two-out, two-run single through the right side of the infield to make it a 2-0 game, Seattle in the lead as we head to the bottom of the first inning.
Chone Figgins drew a one-out walk and then, after a Milton Bradley lineout, Miguel Olivo lined a single off the Green Monster in left. An error by left fielder Darnell McDonald allowed Olivo to take second while Figgins stopped at third.
Smoak then delivered his 9th and 10th RBI of the road trip.
4:04 p.m.: Jason Vargas makes his Fenway Park debut as the Mariners try to win a fourth consecutive game on this road trip. Seattle has won four straight road games overall, dating back to that series finale in Kansas City.

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