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Woods leads five-hit shoutout of short-handed Red Sox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- The Boston Red Sox aren't actually out of the AL East race. It only looked like it.

No music blaring in the clubhouse late Friday night. The TV wasn't on. Manny Ramirez and his right knee were in a bulbous wrap. Gabe Kapler had wraps around his lower back and left ankle. Mark Loretta dragged his left leg, wrapped thigh to foot, across the clubhouse.

And David Ortiz wondered why his team couldn't beat Jake Woods.

Woods and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout in the lowly Mariners' 6-0 win over Curt Schilling and the sinking Red Sox on Friday.

The Mariners won for the third time in four games since ending a franchise-worst road trip 0-11. Their last two victories have come against fellow 14-game winners Randy Johnson and now Schilling.

"We had a tough one today ... It's not like he has anything special," Ortiz said of Woods (4-1), the former Los Angeles Angels reliever who has had two strong starts since replacing underachieving Joel Pineiro in Seattle's rotation.

"Special" hasn't been required to beat Boston lately.

The Red Sox lost for the seventh time in nine games. They were left glad New York lost at the Los Angeles Angels later Friday, so they remained 5 ½ games behind the Yankees with 34 games to play.

Eight days ago, Boston trailed New York by just 1½.

"You see what's going on. We are playing bad," Schilling said after losing for the third time in four decisions. "You don't need me ... to name names. It's all of us."

Schilling (14-6) allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings. He walked none and struck out seven, leaving him one short of 3,000 career strikeouts.

"I felt like it probably would happen," Schilling said.

But it didn't happen, like most things Red Sox in the last eight days.

Yet Ortiz refused to acknowledge the season is slipping away.

"We've got to keep playing," Ortiz said, in his empty, silent clubhouse. "We have a lot of games left. It's not like we are 10 games back."

Woods allowed three hits and walked three against a Red Sox lineup missing Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis and their combined 47 home runs and 165 RBI. Woods struck out four.

"The kid was wild, struggling," Schilling said. "You usually have a lineup that takes advantage of that."

Woods did stop Ortiz, the major leagues' leading home run hitter, during the game's pivotal, fifth-inning at bat.

With Seattle leading 1-0 on a Raul Ibanez RBI double in the first inning, Alex Cora singled and Coco Crisp walked with one out. Loretta then popped out to second base. And Woods got Ortiz to ground out to first base on his second pitch.

Ortiz slapped his hands together in frustration. Woods got a huge cheer from the Safeco Field crowd of 40,817.

Julio Mateo and rookie Eric O'Flaherty shut out the Red Sox from there.

"I was going right after him," Woods said of Ortiz, his final batter. "It was either his night or mine."

Woods has allowed one earned run in 10 2/3 innings (0.84 ERA) since joining the rotation. He had a 4.44 ERA in 28 relief appearances.

In the bottom of the fifth, Willie Bloomquist tripled -- when Crisp dived five feet away from the line drive. That scored Yuniesky Betancourt, who had singled.

Schilling compounded his own problems in the sixth. After a Jose Lopez single, Ibanez singled behind second base. Shortstop Alex Cora tried to get Ibanez at second, but his throw went wide allowing the runners to move up. Schilling scrambled to pick up the ball and threw off-balance to third. His throw skipped to the box-seat railing, plating Lopez.

Ben Broussard added an RBI double that scored Ibanez and Kenji Johjima's single scored Broussard to make it 5-0.

A Snelling double and Lopez single off Bryan Corey in the seventh made it 6-0.

Notes

  • With Ramirez still sidelined by the sore knee and Youkilis out with the flu, OF Wily Mo Pena was the cleanup hitter for the first time this season. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He departed for pinch-hitter Eric Hinske in the eighth inning after feeling tightness on the top of his left wrist. Pena said an MRI showed no structural damage, but he didn't know if he could play Saturday.
  • Broussard is 9-for-14 (.692) against Boston this season.
  • Leadoff batter Crisp is 4-for-33 (.121) in his last eight games.
  • Boston, which leads the majors with 47 errors, has made five errors in four games at Safeco Field this season.
 
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Coco Crisp and the Red Sox's playoff hopes are sliding away after losing seven of their last nine.  (AP)
Coco Crisp and the Red Sox's playoff hopes are sliding away after losing seven of their last nine. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

C. Snelling
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF3000112 .266
Mark Loretta, 1B3010102 .307
David Ortiz, DH4010003 .287
Wily Mo Pena, LF3000022 .300
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-LF1000011 .260
Mike Lowell, 3B4000012 .285
Gabe Kapler, RF3010100 .219
Doug Mirabelli, C4000002 .184
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010001 .133
Alex Cora, SS3010002 .278
Totals320503517 
a-struck out for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gabe Kapler (5, O'Flaherty)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wily Mo Pena 1
E - Alex Cora (6, ), Curt Schilling (3, )
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling (L,14-6) 6955070 3.95
Bryan Corey 1211100 3.26
Kason Gabbard 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 104-73, Bryan Corey 22-13, Kason Gabbard 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 5-5, Bryan Corey 2-1, Kason Gabbard 1-1
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 26, Bryan Corey 6, Kason Gabbard 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000001 .320
Chris Snelling, RF4220021 .400
    T.J. Bohn, RF0000000 .000
Jose Lopez, 2B4121001 .280
Raul Ibanez, LF3121100 .277
Richie Sexson, 1B4000024 .233
Ben Broussard, DH4111030 .298
Kenji Johjima, C4021000 .294
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110011 .297
Willie Bloomquist, 3B3011001 .245
Totals346115189 
Batting
2B - Chris Snelling (3, Corey), Raul Ibanez (27, Schilling), Ben Broussard (16, Schilling)
3B - Willie Bloomquist (2, Schilling)
RBI - Jose Lopez (66), Raul Ibanez (97), Ben Broussard (56), Kenji Johjima (56), Willie Bloomquist (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez (19), Raul Ibanez (34)
Team LOB - 5
Seattle Mariners
Jake Woods (W,4-1) 5300340 3.59
Julio Mateo (H,7) 2.1100000 4.19
Eric O'Flaherty 1.2100010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Woods 88-50, Julio Mateo 22-16, Eric O'Flaherty 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Woods 5-6, Julio Mateo 1-6, Eric O'Flaherty 2-2
Batters Faced - Jake Woods 21, Julio Mateo 8, Eric O'Flaherty 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40817
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Dale Scott