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September 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Mariners and Kevin Millwood try for series victory over Boston Red Sox

Boston is on the board in the sixth after a one-out double to right field by Cody Ross brought Jacoby Ellsbury home from second base. A leadoff walk to Dustin Pedroia came back to haunt Millwood as Ellsbury grounded into a fielder’s choice, then stole second to position himself to score and cut Seattle’s lead to 2-1.
Millwood managed to get out of trouble on a flyout to center by James Loney and then a strikeout on Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But his pitch count is now up at 92, meaning we could see the bullpen in action by the seventh.
8:34 p.m.: The Mariners finally solved the Aaron Cook mystery in the fourth inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded single by Dustin Ackley. That snaps a streak of 12 scoreless innings tossed by Cook against Seattle this year.
Seattle loaded the bases with none out on two singles and a walk, then saw Brendan Ryan pop out. But Ackley drilled the ball hard up the middle to deliver the runs before the rally fizzled.
Boston had a chance against Kevin Millwood in the top of the inning with a pair of two-out singles and then a walk to load the bases. But Ryan Lavarnway grounded out to end that threat.

8:00 p.m.: We’ve played three innings and are still scoreless. The Mariners haven’t been completely tied in knots by Aaron Cook like the last time but they aren’t exactly lighting him up either. Cook has already set a season high with five strikeouts and has tossed a relatively low 51 pitches despite allowing five baserunners — three via singles and the other two on walks.
Kevin Millwood gave up a single to Cody Ross and a one-out walk after that to put two on. But he quickly erased it on a double-play grounder by Ryan Lavarnway.
6:54 p.m.: Kevin Millwood had numerous command issues his last time out and the Mariners wound up getting routed by the Los Angeles Angels. Tonight, he takes the mound for the first time since then as the Mariners try for a series win over the Boston Red Sox.
The controversy continues to swirl around Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, whose future is now being monitored on a daily basis. Things are a lot calmer where Mariners manager Eric Wedge is concerned.
Tonight, he’ll sit Justin Smoak out against right-hander Aaron Cook and play Mike Carp at first base instead.
Cook, by the way, made mincemeat of the Mariners the last time he faced them. The journeyman got through nine innings on only 81 pitches, allowing just two hits in a 5-0 victory. The Mariners failed to make any in-game adjustments at the plate that time out. We’ll see if anything changes tonight.

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