July 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, July 11: M’s lose 8-7 in 10.
Uehara puts them down in order in 9th, striking out two, to preserve Boston’s 8-7 win in 10 innings. Red Sox take three of four in the series as M’s blow a 5-1 lead for second time in three games.
RED SOX 10TH: They take the lead on a two-strike, two-out single by Daniel Nava off Wilhelmsen, who barely misses snagging the ball up the middle. The rally started with a leadoff walk, which has been an issue for Wilhelmsen. 8-7 Red Sox
MARINERS NINTH: One-out single by Smoak followed by double-play grounder from Zunino. Knuckleballing reliever Steven Wright has worked 5 2/3 shutout innings. Heading to bonus panels. 7-7
RED SOX NINTH: Wilhelmsen comes in to strike out pinch-hitter Shane Victorino with a man aboard. 7-7
MARINERS EIGHTH: One-out walk for Ibanez, followed by Morales strikeout. 7-7.
RED SOX EIGHTH: Perez strikes out the side.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Michael Saunders’ grounder scoots under first baseman Carp’s glove for two-base error — it was Buckneresque — but Ryan’s groundout ended the inning.
RED SOX SEVENTH: Furbush gives up a two-out double to Lavarnway but potential tying run stays there as Holt grounds out. Still tied at 7.
MARINERS FIFTH: Miller reached base for the third time with a two-out walk but Ackley grounded into force. 7-7.
RED SOX FIFTH: Red Sox tie it up as Mariners blow a 5-1 lead for the second time in three days. Ramirez was replaced by Furbush with two aboard as Wedge brought in the lefty to face the left-handed hitting Holt, who promptly singled in a run. So did Jose Iglesias to tie up before Furbush struck out Ellsbury. 7-7.
MARINERS FOURTH: M’s get two runs back with four hits, knocking out Dempster. Morales and Seager had RBI singles. Chavez had to leave the game with groin tightness after a bunt single. 7-4 Mariners
RED SOX FOURTH: Ramirez is struggling with his command, and the Red Sox made him pay. With two outs and two on (via a walk and hit batter, the Red Sox got three straight RBI singles (Holt, Iglesias and Ellsbury) to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-4.
MARINERS THIRD: Mariners having been getting two-out hits today, and not only that, two-out hits w/RISP. Michael Saunders delivered one to score Smoak and give the M’s a 5-1 lead.
RED SOX THIRD: Ramirez walks his second — Ellsbury, who homered previously — but is otherwise unscathed in third. 4-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Kyle Seager started the Mariners off with a homer, the 19th straight game in which they’ve hit one out, tied for the club record, and eight off the major-league record (Rangers, 2002). They then added three unearned runs thanks to a two-out error by Sox third baseman Brock Holt. Brad Miller doubled in one of them, and Endy Chavez followed with a two-run single. 4-1 Mariners
RED SOX SECOND: Ex-Mariner Mike Carp drew a one-out walk but Ramirez got out of it. 1-0 Red Sox
MARINERS FIRST: After Dempster struck out the first two, Ibanez ripped a ball off the top of the wall in right, just missing a homer. But he had to settle for a single when the ball bounced right to Nava. Morales hit a hard liner but Nava hauled it in.
RED SOX FIRST: A rough beginning for Erasmo, greeted with a homer by Ellsbury. But he bounced back to retired Nava, Pedroia (strikeout) and the torrid David Ortiz (broken-bat grounder). 1-0 Red Sox
The Mariners need Erasmo Ramirez, in his 2013 major-league debut, to hold down the Red Sox, who have scored 11 runs in each of the last two games. The M’s have homered in 18 straight games, one off the club record (Sept. 7-27, 1999). It’s the longest streak in the majors this year.