Shane Victorino hit a solo homer off Charlie Furbush in the eighth, but that only cuts the lead to 7-2. Felix Hernandez allowed an earned run on six hits over seven innings, striking out eight and keeping his Cy Young Award candidacy alive and well as he enters the final third of the season.
6:14 p.m.: Henry Blanco just hit his second grand slam of the year off struggling Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster to make it a 7-1 game in the fifth inning. The Mariners scored five runs that frame to break things wide open after Kyle Seager launched the frame with his team’s second triple of the game.
Kendrys Morales drove in Seager with a single to right, then Justin Smoak ripped a double high off the top of the Green Monster in left field. One out later, Dempster issued his fifth walk of the game to load the bases and Blanco quickly unloaded them.
Blanco, you’ll recall, went 13 years between his first career slam and his second one. Now, he’s gone six weeks between his second and his third.
5:24 p.m.: Boston got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, took third on a flyout to center and scored on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly to left field. Mariners still lead 2-1.
5:02 p.m.: Justin Smoak got a new life when third baseman Brock Holt and catcher Ryan Lavarnway let his foul pop up drop in behind home plate. Both players appeared to be calling each other off, then backed off at the last moment. Smoak stayed alive and drilled an RBI single to right field to score Kyle Seager and make it a 2-0 game as we head to the bottom of the third.
4:15 p.m.: Brad Miller led the game off with a triple to the right field corner off Ryan Dempster. Soon after, Kyle Seager beat the infield shift by dropping a bunt up the third base line for a single that brought Miller home for a 1-0 lead.
4:02 p.m.: The Mariners are hoping Felix Hernandez can help them avoid being swept by the Boston Red Sox tonight. There’s little doubt that Fenway Park is Hernandez’s kind of place. He’s 3-1 with a 2.43 earned run average here and didn’t lose a start in this ballpark his first four seasons.