The Mariners outlasted a starting pitcher and pounced on the bullpen once again tonight, rallying for two in the seventh and hanging on for a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.
More great pitching from Jamey Wright in the eighth and Brandon League survived that long Jed Lowrie blast to deepest right-center in the ninth for the win.
Jason Vargas had some tough luck early on, getting the non-call on the foul tip into Miguel Olivo’s glove, then watching the baserunner come around to score. He also saw Mike Cameron hit one of those flukey homers to right field just inside Pesky’s pole.
But he held on through seven innings, notching his first win since last Aug. 14. The victory snapped a 13-game winless skid in which he was 0-9 — the fourth-longest losing streak in club history.
And getting his team through that seventh inning was big. The Mariners had Chris Ray warming up in the seventh and M’s manager Eric Wedge planned to use him if Vargas couldn’t finish off the inning.
Ray hasn’t pitched in nearly a week. But the bullpen is a little taxed after the Detroit series and Wedge wanted to rest certain guys.
But when Vargas got through the seventh, the M’s could simply use Wright in the eighth and League in the ninth.
Big night for the offense once again. You had Jack Cust delivering the key hit. We’ll see whether that knocks him out of his slump.
Justin Smoak got to Daisuke Matsuzaka early on with that two-run single in the first. Dice-k had thrown 15 consecutive scoreless inning prior to that, allowing one hit in each of his last two outings.
So, yeah, that set the tone early.
The M’s are now 8-4 since Wedge reamed them out in Kansas City. They have won four in a row and are playing good baseball.
We’ll see if they can keep it up.