Boston just made things interesting again in the eighth as Dustin Pedroia singled and Kevin Youkilis hit a two run blast into the left field seats off Jeff Gray to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-3. Charlie Furbush pitched seven innings of one-run ball before giving way to Furbush to start the eighth.
One inning to go.
2:41 p.m.: Casper Wells just went deep to left field in the bottom of the sixth to give the M’s a 5-1 lead.
Prior to that, Charlie Furbush got out of the top of the inning on a double-play grounder off the bat of David Ortiz. Ichiro had made a nice running catch in right-center moments earlier when it looked like Boston was about to get two on with none out.
The M’s added to their lead in the fifth when Ichiro reached on an infield hit, took second on a single by Franklin Gutierrez and scored on a single to center by Dustin Ackley.
2:12 p.m.: Boston got a run back in the fourth but it could have been far worse for the Mariners, who still lead 3-1. Jack Wilson did the M’s huge favor with a fully-extended dive to his left to snare a leadoff line drive by Dustin Pedroia. That was big because Charlie Furbush gave up a single to Adrian Gonzalez, a walk to kevin Youkilis and a bloop single by David Ortiz that loaded the bases after that.
Could have been a disaster, but instead, Furbush got a flyout to left by Jed Lowrie that brought the run home, then a popout by Carl Crawford to end the inning.
2:03 p.m.: Seattle sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning and came away with three runs for a 3-0 lead. They had help from a botched call at second base, as well as from a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Casper Wells walked, stole second, then took third when Saltalamacchia’s throw wound up in the outifled. Jack Wilson notched an RBI infield single after that.
Seattle caught a break when Ichiro hit into what appeared to be a 3-6 fielder’s choice. Second base ump Ed Hickox ruled that shortstop Jed Lowrie failed to touch the bg before firing on to first in an attempt at a double-play.
Replays did not appear to support the ump’s contention. But it didn’t matter, as all were ruled safe to load the bases. Franklin Gutierrez drove in a run on a sac fly to left. Then, Dustin Ackley walked to load em up again and Mike Carp singled to right for another run — extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
Seattle could have had more, but Wily Mo Pena popped out foul along the first base side for a huge second out, then Miguel Olivo grounded out to end the inning.
1:36 p.m.: Two innings done here and we’ve yet to see a hit. Dustin Pedroia looked to reach first safely on a grounder when Jack Wilson’s throw pulled Mike Carp off the bag. Great stretch by Carp, but replays show his foot came off. No matter, as first base ump Alfonso Marquez called Pedroia out. Boston manager Terry Francona argued, but to no avail.
Seattle hasn’t won a series against an AL opponent other than Oakland since early June. The Mariners have gone 2-10-1 vs. AL over that stretch, with the A’s accounting for the two wins. Today, the M’s continue to try to change that, sending Charlie Furbush to the mound against Tim Wakefield.
Justin Smoak was at his locker today, feeling optimistic about returning in a couple of weeks. But when he does, he insists he won’t be wearing any facemask on the field.
“They wanted me to wear one out on the field,” he said. “No way.”
Instead, he’ll have a protective flap over the left side of his face when he bats right handed.
The swelling in his face has gone down and he says he’s able to sleep OK despite his broken nose and hairline fracture of one cheekbone.
“Yesterday was worse,” he said of the swelling. “It’s always bad in the morning. And then once I get up and start moving around, it calms down a bit.”
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
29 Wily Mo Pena DH
30 Miguel Olivo C
33 Casper Wells LF
2 Jack Wilson SS
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
41 Charlie Furbush LHP
Red Sox (73-45)
2 Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
28 Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
20 Kevin Youkilis 3B
34 David Ortiz (L) DH
12 Jed Lowrie (S) SS
13 Carl Crawford (L) LF
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
54 Darnell McDonald RF
49 Tim Wakefield RHP