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May 14, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Mariners face depleted-looking Boston Red Sox lineup

The Mariners scored a run in the ninth on a Kyle Seager groundout, but take a 6-1 loss. The second complete game for Jon Lester this season, eighth of his career.
6:04 p.m.: Jason Vargas is done after six innings, looking OK after the fourth. Of course, the five runs allowed by the fourth gave his team virtually no chance of winning the game. It’s still 5-0 for the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh.
The Mariners had three hits in the top of the seventh, but a lineout double play and no situational hitting helped doom the final chance the m’s likely had of making this a contest.
5:20 p.m.: Jason Vargas is not giving his team a chance tonight, trailing 5-0 after a pair of homers by Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach in the fourth inning. Vargas is known to give up a lot of fly balls and he’s getting hurt by them in this smaller ballpark. That said, a lot of the contact off him has been ripped hard, so the ballpark ain’t a good excuse.
Eric Wedge apparently agrees, as Hisashi Iwakuma is now warming up.
Ichiro hit an infield single off Jon Lester’s glove after he’d retired 11 in a row to start the game. Lester promptly ended the inning on another groundout, then began the fifth with one more before Kyle Seager flew out to right moments ago — the first ball hit out of the infield by the Mariners tonight.
4:59 p.m.: We’re through three innings and the M’s still trail 2-0. Jon Lester has retired the first nine batters faced on five groundouts, three strikeouts and a popout.
Jason Vargas allowed a pair of hard hit infield singles in the second, but the damage was mitigated because in between the hits, Marlon Byrd was thrown out by Jesus Montero on a steal attempt. Nice throw by Montero to nab his second runner in 10 tries this season.

4:28 p.m.: That looked a lot like the old Boston lineup in the first inning, with Dustin Pedroia drawing a walk and then back-to-back doubles by David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez scoring a pair of runs to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. The Ortiz double hit the Green Monster in left and might have been a flyball out at Safeco Field. But we aren’t playing there tonight, so the M’s are in a hole already.
4:04 p.m.: Glancing at the Boston Red Sox lineup tonight, it reminds me of spring training. Not exactly what we saw in 2004 or 2007, or even 2011.
So, the M’s have a shot to do something here the next two nights. Plenty of Red Sox regulars on the DL and a team that’s been in disarray for most of the season so far.
Jason Vargas goes tonight against local product Jon Lester.

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