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September 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Mariners look to hand Red Sox their eighth loss in a row

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Well, there you go. The Red Sox finally woke up for the first time in over a week and scored four in the sixth off Blake Beavan to grab a 4-3 lead. They weren’t cheapies, either, with two hard-hit singles to right and then a three-run homer by Cody Ross that was absolutely drilled to left field.
Moments later, Ryan Lavarnway got all — I mean all — of Beavan’s 1-0 pitch and blasted it deep to left for the first homer of his career. Carter Capps came on to finish the inning. Signs of life in Beantown…
8:13 p.m.: Word on Franklin Gutierrez is that he was pulled from the game for precautionary reasons after experiencing groin tightness, likely after diving for that ball in the first inning. We’ll hear more after the game.
The Mariners still lead it 3-0 after five innings and there isn’t a whole lot going on. The Red Sox look like they’re about to go down to their eighth loss in a row without a whimper but the M’s would do best to tack a few runs on because you never know. You can’t just score in one or two innings and expect to win every time.
Only 12,754 fans at tonight’s game, which is the fewest I can recall for a Mariners-Boston tilt. Can’t tell you the proportion of Boston fans to Seattle fans because the Red Sox have given them nothing to cheer about all night.
8:13 p.m.: The Mariners just went up 3-0 in the third inning on back-to-back homers by Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager. Gutierrez hadn’t gone deep since June 22, getting beaned on the head by a pickoff attempt a week later and missing two months.
The only bad news is that Gutierrez has since left the game, with Eric Thames playing right field and Casper Wells shifting to center. Gutierrez appeared shaken up after a dving catch in the first inning, though it apparently wasn’t enough to keep him from hitting that homer.
We’ll just have to see what’s wrong.
Jon Lester has been hot and cold of late pitching for Boston and tonight, it looks like the cooler version of him showed up.
7:41 p.m.: Jesus Montero hit a two-out single to right field to open the scoring in the first inning. Dustin Ackley opened with an infield single, stole second, took third on a groundout and headed home on the base-hit for a 1-0 lead.
Jon Lester threw 31 pitches that inning. He’d help his cause by not falling behind 3-0 and 3-1 to every hitter he faces.
7:09 p.m.: Sure, we’re here to talk about the Mariners. But it’s tough to ignore what’s going on in Boston. The Red Sox haven’t lost eight in a row since the 2001 season, when they dropped nine straight.
Tonight, the M’s and Blake Beavan can hand them loss No. 8.
Jon Lester goes for Boston. Perhaps the hometown start will inspire him.

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