It wasn’t nearly as easy as it once appeared it was going to be, but Brandon League retired the Red Sox in order in the ninth to wrap up this win for Seattle.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The Red Sox strike out the side, with Franklin Morales coming in from the pen to fan Ackley for the final out. 5-4 Mariners.
RED SOX SIXTH: It unraveled for Felix, who gave up a triple to Marco Scutaro, a two-run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury, a bunt single against the shift by Adrian Gonzalez and a two-run homer by Dustin Pedroia to cut the lead to 5-4. He gave up two more hits but got out without further damage on lineout by Jason Varitek. 5-4 Mariners
MARINERS FIFTH: Great potential moment as Wily Mo Pena comes to the plate with bases loaded and struck out. What followed was textbook Wily Mo: He took a might swing and miss for strike two, then waved feebly at a curve ball in the dirt for strike three. 5-0 Mariners.
RED SOX FOURTH: Quite an inning, ending with Terry Francona getting tossed after the umpires reversed a call, costing Boston a run. Ellsbury plowed into Josh Bard trying to score on Pedroia fly to right. Ichiro’s throw was perfect, and Bard held onto the ball on a great play. The M’s argued the safe call, and after the umps conferred, they agreed, calling Ellsbury out. 5-0 Mariners. (I got a little confused in the chaos earlier and had the Red Sox scoring a run. Apologies).
MARINERS THIRD: 1-2-3 for Beckett, including a grounder to deep short by Wily Mo Pena, gunned out by a step by Marco Scutaro. 5-0 Mariners.
RED SOX THIRD: Hernandez gives up his first hit — an infield single on a dribbler down the third-base line by Mike Aviles — and erases it with a double-play by Marco Scutaro. He’s faced minimum nine hitters through three and thrown 33 pitches. 5-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Beckett settles down, giving up leadoff single to Jack Wilson erased by Ichiro double-play ball. Gutierrez grounded out. 5-0 Mariners.
RED SOX SECOND: Felx follows 12-pitch first inning with 11-pitch second inning. Six up, six down. 5-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: Wow. The M’s exploded for five off Josh Beckett, who has only given up five runs in a game once this season — and that was over six innings. Ichiro set the tone by hitting the first pitch over the right-field wall, his 34th career leadoff homer. Gutierrez singled, Ackley doubled, and Mike Carp drove them both in with a single up the middle, giving him a 13-game hit streak. Wily Mo Pena, in his Mariner debut, had a nine-pitch at-bat that resulted in a fly ou to center, and Casper Wells knocked one out of the yard to left-center, his second Mariner homer. With Andrew Miller warming up, Beckett got two outs without further damage. 5-0 Mariners.
RED SOX FIRST: A nice 1-2-3 inning by Felix Hernandez, who needed just 12 pitches. 0-0.
The Mariners won their first two games against Boston this year, way back on April 29 and 30. But since then, they’ve lost five in a row, a streak they’ll turn to Felix Hernandez to snap. But Hernandez had one of his worst outings of the season against the Red Sox at Fenway park on July 22, giving up 11 hits and six runs in a 7-4 loss.
It will be fun watching Wily Mo Pena take his hacks against the Red Sox, for whom he played in 2006 and 2007 — and from whom he received a World Series ring. Pena played 73 games for the Bosox in 2007, and said the club sent him a ring shortly after he joined the Washington Nationals in an Aug. 17 trade.