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August 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

UPDATED: Mariners defeat Red Sox, win a series against a good AL team

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Brandon League gets the game-ending flyout on Jarrod Saltalamachhia to secure a 5-3 win for the Mariners.
We’ve told you for a while now that the Mariners had not beaten an AL team other than Oakland since taking out Tampa Bay back in early June. In other words, it’s been a while since the M’s beat a good AL team.
But they did that this weekend, taking two of three from the Red Sox, a feat that was sealed with a 5-3 victory today.
Charlie Furbush had a much better outing today than he did in Texas, going seven innings against the team with the AL’s best record.
“I thought Furbush was very good today,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “He did a great job of repeating his delivery. And because of that he was really consistent with his fastball. He was able to move it around, hit his spots, did a good job with his breaking ball…and was very poised with good tempo. There was a lot to like out there.”
You’ll remember the Texas start, when Furbush kept missing his spots. Had no command. That’s what happens when your delivery is inconsistent. Think of it like trying to throw a basketball through a hoop from the free-throw line. Once you make the net swish, what’s the first thing you do? That’s right, you try to throw the ball exactly the same way. It’s the same thing with pitching. When you use the same mechanics in your delivery, you can keep making the ball do the things you want it to. Not as easy as it sounds, but it’s a key to pitching.


“That was one of those things I wanted to focus on,” Furbush said. “Establishing my fastball early in the count. It makes things easier when you throw more strikes.”
The Red Sox made it interesting with a Kevin Youkilis homer in the eighth inning off Jeff Gray. But Brandon League shut things down in the ninth.
Prior to beating Boston, the M’s had gone 2-9-1 versus AL teams since the Tampa Bay series. The two wins came against Oakland, a club that is now 53-66 on the year and losing to the Rangers again this afternoon.
So, it’s been over two months since the M’s have taken down a team this good in the AL. You’ll remember, they did beat the Phillies in late June. But other than that, it’s been pretty slim pickings.
Not only that, the Red Sox had not been beaten in a series since late June against the Phillies. They had won or split their last 11 series until this one. They had also posted a winning record their last seven road trips until now.
So, a good job by the M’s.

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