July 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Mariners pummeled by Red Sox in opener
This one was pretty much over before it really began, despite the Mariners actually scoring the first run of the game in the very first inning.
They didn’t score again, mind you, until there were two out in the ninth, winding up on the short end of an 8-2 score.
The Red Sox hit three home runs and buried Joe Saunders and his teammates along with that barrage. Jacoby Ellsury and Dustin Pedroia hit a pair of second inning blasts off Saunders to vault the Red Sox into a 5-1 lead, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia later added a homer of his own in the eighth off Brandon Maurer to close out the scoring for Boston.
The Mariners got a two-out single by Justin Smoak, a walk to Michael Saunders and then an RBI single by Henry Blanco in the ninth. But too late.
Only five of the six runs given up by Saunders were earned. Will the five innings he threw tonight be his last as a Mariner with tomorrow’s trade deadline looming? We’ll see.
The Mariners are back to six games under .500.
Michael Morse struck out his first three times up, the last of those with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and the Mariners trying desperately to get back in a 6-1 game.
Not a good night for anyone.