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July 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, July 1: Mariners lose 2-1 in 10

MARINERS 10TH: They go down 1-2-3 and lose to the Sox, They managed just four hits in 10 innings in the continuation of a long, troubling theme.
RED SOX 10TH: Sox take a 2-1 lead. WIth one out, pinch-hitter Ryan Kalish doubled high off the wall in right-center against Brandon League. Dustin Pedroia singled him to third, but the Sox didn’t challenge Ichiro’s arm. Lucas Luetge replaced League to face David Ortiz, who lofted a fly to deep right to bring in Kalish. Luetge avoided further damage, but M’s facing a loss if they don’t score.
MARINERS NINTH: They seemed to be in business when Smoak doubled to left with one out, but Dustin Ackley, on a 3-1 pitch, flied out to shallow left. Figgins walked, but Ryan flied out. M’s have left five in scoring position in addition to Olivo getting caught off second. League comes in to work 10th. M’s bench is now just Jaso, with Saunders still sick.
RED SOX NINTH: The Red Sox got a runner to second with two outs off Wilhelmsen, but he struck out Shoppach. It will be Olivo, Smoak and Ackley to face Padilla in the ninth.1-1.
RED SOX EIGHTH: Dustin Pedroia jumped all over a Vargas 1-0 pitch and sent out over the fence in LF to tie the game with one out. No further damage, but it’s a whole new ballgame. 1-1
MARINERS SEVENTH: An easy inning for long-ago Mariner Scott Atchison. Can the M’s make a 1-0 lead stand up? Vargas, with 103 pitches, is heading out to work the eighth.
RED SOX SIXTH: Vargas gives out a one-out single to Ross but gets Gonzalez on a popup and strikes out Middlebrooks. He’s dealing. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners are getting a lot of base runners, but not many runs. Valentine pulled Doubrant after a Ryan single, Wells walk and Seager hit batter loaded the bases with one out. But reliever Matt Albers got Montero to ground into an inning-ending double play. 1-0 Mariners.
RED SOX FIFTH: Vargas is rolling, blanking the Red Sox on three hits. One of them was a bunt single by Punto with one out, but he got two fly outs to get out of it. Seager made his second great catch of the game, snaring a liner by Shoppach for the first out. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: A potential rally fizzled after leadoff walks to Olivo and Smoak. Ackley couldn’t get a bunt down and ended up striking out. Then, when a pitch got away form catcher Kelly Stoppach, Olivo took off for third, then stopped, and was caught in a rundown and tagged out. Figgins grounded out. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners get a run, and Saturday’s hero, Chone Figgins, was the spark. He singled to center, stole second, moved to third on Brendan Ryan’s single and scored on Ichiro’s sac fly. The M’s had runners on first and third again with two outs but Montero flied out.1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: They go down 1-2-3 again. Justin Smoak, after grounding out, has five hits in his last 57 at-bats (.088). 0-0
RED SOX SECOND: Vargas avoided trouble with a big assist from Kyle Seager. With the bases loaded and two outs, Punto hit a liner headed for left field, but Seager made a diving catch. Vargas worked out of a first and third, no out jam without giving up any runs. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Felix puts the Mariners down — Felix Doubront, that is, the Red Sox starter. He issued a two-out walk to Seager but got Montero to fly out. 0-0.
RED SOX FIRST: A nice 1-2-3 inning for Vargas, including strikeouts of Lillibridge and Ortiz. 0-0
For all their struggles, the Mariners have a chance to take three out of four from a hot Red Sox team.
Here’s one to mull over: Mariner starter Jason Vargas and Red Sox starter Felix Doubront both have 4.54 ERAs.

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