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August 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, Aug. 12: Mariners lose, 6-4

The Mariners let John Lackey off the hook early in the game, and paid for it. They wound up with 12 hits but left 11 on base.
RED SOX NINTH: Dan Cortes gets out unscathed despite a one-out Pedroia single. The M’s will have to face Papelbon in the ninth, trailing 6-4. It’s Ackley, Carp and Seager.
RED SOX SIXTH: Boston took the lead as Josh Reddick smashed one off the Hit It Here Cafe for a two-run homer — thus ending Beavan’s streak of six quality starts. It’s 5-4 Red Sox.
MARINERS FIFTH: Lackey turns in the night’s first 1-2-3 inning. Got to give him credit — I didn’t think he’d be around for the fifth. 4-3 Mariners.
RED SOX FIFTH: Jed Lowrie led off with a homer, but Beavan ended up stranding Dustin Pedroia at third base. Mariners 4-3.
JUSTIN SMOAK UPDATE: He has a fractured nose, and is undergoing a CT scan.
MARINERS FOURTH: Mike Carp delivers another big hit, a two-out double to score Franklin Gutierrez. 4-2 Mariners.
RED SOX FOURTH: Beavan has his easiest inning, giving up a two-out single to Mike Aviles before getting Ellsbury to foul out. 3-2 Mariners.
RED SOX THIRD: More fancy pitching by Blake Beavan, who works out of a second and third, one out jam by retiring David Ortiz and Carl Crawford. 3-2 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: The M’s regain the lead on Dustin Ackley’s RBI single, but with the bases loaded, Mike Carp struck out for the second out, and Kyle Seager grounded out. The M’s have stranded five in two innings, letting a shaky John Lackey off the ropes. 3-2 Mariners.
RED SOX SECOND: The Red Sox tied the score, including David Ortiz’s 24th homer, but the inning was most notable for a scary injury to Justin Smoak. A smash by Jarrod Saltalamacchia took a wicked hop and caught Smoak flush on his face. He immediately hit the ground in pain, and the Mariners training staff and doctor ran out to tend to him. Encouragingly, Smoak walked off on his own power, holding a towel on his bloody face. No word yet on the extent of the injury. Kyle Seager took over at third, and Adam Kennedy moved to first. 2-2.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s get two, but it could have been more if Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t run down Justin Smoak’s drive to center with two aboard. The big hit was a two-run single by Mike Carp with runners on second and third, driving in both while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. You have to wonder where the Mariners would be if Carp had gotten extended playing time earlier in the season. He’s been one of the most productive players in the majors for the last month or so. 2-0 Mariners.
RED SOX FIRST:Beavan does a nice job of recovering after a throwing error by shortstop Luis Rodriguez put Jacoby Ellsbury on first base. Ellsbury moved up on a ground out, but he got two tough customers, Adrian Gonzalez (fly to left) and Dustin Pedroia (ground out to third). The ballpark is mostly filled tonight,and there’s a large and vocal Red Sox contingent on hand, not surprisingly.

The Red Sox made a second lineup change just a few minutes ago: Jed Lowrie, a late addition at third base to replace Kevin Youkilis (stiff back), is now moving to shortstop to replace Marco Scutaro. No reason given yet why Scutaro was scratched. Mike Aviles will play third base and hit ninth.
Last time the Mariners played the Red Sox, they were riding a 12-game losing streak — which became 15 games after Boston swept them at Fenway Park, and eventually a club-record 17 in a row.
Tonight’s Mariner starter, Blake Beavan , took the loss in one of those games, giving up three runs (on nine hits) in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 Red Sox win. But Beavan is still working on his s treak of six consecutive quality starts, a Mariner record at the start of a career.
Beavan, Michael Pineda and Charlie Furbush have combined for 13 wins, the most by Mariner rookie starters in one year since Freddy Garcia (17), John Halama (9) and Gil Meche (8) combined for 34 in 1999.



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