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July 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Game thread: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1, top 5th

The Mariners and Boston Red Sox open a three-game series tonight at Fenway Park. The Mariners are trying to get back to .500 while the Red Sox are looking for a return to first place in the AL East.

The Mariners and Boston Red Sox open a three-game series tonight at Fenway Park. The Mariners are trying to get back to .500 while the Red Sox are looking for a return to first place in the AL East.

Joe Saunders looked to be having a decent fourth inning, until a two-out bloop double to right by Shane Victorino. Dustin Pedroia then singled to left field to bring the run home and make it a 6-1 game.

5:04 p.m.: Three more Boston runs in the second inning have broken this game open, with the Red Sox now up 5-1. Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer to left field to cap the three-run outburst. Prior to that, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo homer to right field to extend Boston’s lead. The Mariners caught a break in that the damage could have been worse since, right before the homer, Jose Iglesias led the inning off with a blast off the wall in left. But the park is shallow and Raul Ibanez played the carom perfectly, getting Iglesias out at second base after a spirited rundown on what was scored a 7-4-3-6 putout.

4:30 p.m.: The Mariners will have to play better than they did in that first inning if they hope to win any games here. Shane Victorino hit a one-out double to left, then Dustin Pedroia reached on a grounder booted by shortstop Brad Miller. A passed ball by catcher Henry Blanco allowed Victorino to score the tying run and Pedroia to move up into scoring position. Dave Ortiz then singled to center and the hard-running Pedroia made it home to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

4:18 p.m.: Nick Franklin continues his torrid stretch, doubling to the left field corner with one out, then scoring on a two-out Kendrys Morales single to center. That gives the Mariners a 1-0 lead after a half-inning of play.

4:00 p.m.: Michael Morse is in right field tonight and that’s something the Mariners hope will continue over the final third of this laregely inconsistent season. Nick Franklin is at second base, Brad Miller at shortstop, Henry Blanco behind the plate. No, this isn’t really the lineup the Mariners envisioned to start the year. It isn’t one they could have put out there a month ago.

But it’s one they hope can work from here on in.

The Red Sox sure know how to pack the fans in for pregame batting practice.

The Red Sox sure know how to pack the fans in for pregame batting practice.

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