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Mariners tee off on Red Sox pitching, sail to easy win

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SEATTLE -- Finally, Jeff Weaver has something to shout about.

Seattle's early season flop continued his flip back toward respectability by holding the potent Boston Red Sox to one earned run in 5 2/3 innings of the Mariners' 9-4 victory on Monday night.

Weaver showed anger and resolve -- if not consistent command -- while featuring offspeed pitches against the fastball-feasting Sox, who own the best record in the major leagues.

Boston lost a 2-1 lead and a chance to move to a season-best 23 games over .500.

Weaver yelled at himself, the plate umpire and his fielders while winning for the second time in less than a week following an 0-6 start. Last October's World Series star with St. Louis has lowered his ERA from 14.32 to 7.71 in four starts since returning from the disabled list.

"That's my competitive nature. It sometimes gets the best of me," said Weaver, whom the Mariners have lauded for maintaining an even temperament throughout his dismal start.

"When you are feeling good like you can beat a team and you're not pitching the way you can, it's frustrating.

"But it's all for the good."

It is now, after Jose Lopez capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run single and Kenji Johjima and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh. Seattle won for the fifth time in seven games on its season-high 12-game homestand even though Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending his 19-game hitting streak.

So is Weaver back to where he wanted to be after he signed an $8,325,000, one-year contract with the Mariners last winter?

"Well, I'll let you know at the end of the season," he said, smiling. "Right now, I'm feeling good."

Julian Tavarez (5-5) lost for the first time in eight starts.

Tavarez held Seattle to two hits -- Richie Sexson's double and Ben Broussard's RBI single -- through four innings. But as he finished striking out Jose Vidro in the fourth -- his only strikeout of the game -- Tavarez stumbled off the mound awkwardly.

Eight of his next nine pitches were balls. And in the next 1 1/3 innings, Tavarez allowed five runs and four hits with three walks.

"It hurt a little bit, you know, my hamstring," Tavarez said. "But ... it didn't affect me at all. Things just went wrong."

Beltre doubled leading off the fifth. After Tavarez threw Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice bunt past first baseman Kevin Youkilis for an error, Willie Bloomquist singled home Beltre.

Tavarez walked Suzuki to load the bases, and Lopez then hit a 1-2 pitch past a diving Mike Lowell at third. That scored Betancourt and Bloomquist to make it 4-2. Lopez, an All-Star last year, is 5-for-8 with the bases loaded this season.

Tavarez left after Richie Sexson's infield single reloaded the bases. Kyle Snyder then walked Johjima with a full count and Beltre on five pitches to make it 6-2.

Tavarez allowed six runs -- three earned -- and six hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He walked three.

"He's fine," Francona said, adding that he didn't see Tavarez's stumble off the mound.

Johjima's two-run home run, one pitch after Mike Timlin used his glove to narrowly avoid getting hit in the head with Sexson's broken bat, made it 8-2 in the seventh. Beltre hit the next pitch into the left-field bleachers for a 9-2 lead.

"I don't think the (broken) bat had anything to do with it. It was the location of the pitches," Timlin said.

Weaver made his own mess in the second with a throwing error on a bunt by Julio Lugo that put runners at second and third with no outs. J.D. Drew then hit a grounder under the glove of second baseman Lopez for a two-run single.

When slugger David Ortiz singled under Betancourt's glove one out later, Weaver raised both arms and yelled "C'mon!" Then Weaver stomped around the mound when no one covered second base as Ortiz rumbled to his first stolen base of the season. But Weaver struck out Ramirez on a 78 mph floater, and after walking Youkilis to load the bases, he retired Lowell on a groundout to escape the jam, down only 2-1.

Notes

  • Still no word from the Red Sox medical staff on when RHP Curt Schilling can begin throwing. Schilling went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sore shoulder and showed frustration Monday. Kason Gabbard will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start for him on Tuesday.
  • Youkilis hit a two-run double in the ninth.
  • Seattle hit back-to-back homers for the first time this season.
  • Lugo is hitless in his last 29 at-bats and was pinch-hit for with the bases loaded in the eighth. After fouling out in the fourth, Lugo slammed his bat into the dugout floor.
 
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Kenji Johjima launches a two-run homer in the seventh as the Mariners dump the Red Sox.  (AP)
Kenji Johjima launches a two-run homer in the seventh as the Mariners dump the Red Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

K. Johjima
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
J.D. Drew, RF3112212 .250
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5120003 .320
David Ortiz, DH5010013 .319
Manny Ramirez, LF4000023 .296
    Eric Hinske, LF1000012 .194
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3012200 .331
Mike Lowell, 3B5010035 .296
Jason Varitek, C2000000 .270
    Doug Mirabelli, C0000000 .182
Coco Crisp, CF3120102 .258
Julio Lugo, SS3100002 .191
   a- David Murphy, PH0000000 .500
   b- Wily Mo Pena, PH1000001 .218
    Alex Cora, SS0000000 .287
Totals3548458  
a-announced for Lugo in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Murphy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (17, Rowland-Smith), Kevin Youkilis (21, Rowland-Smith)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (32), Kevin Youkilis 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (15)
SB - David Ortiz (1, 2nd base off Weaver/Johjima), Coco Crisp (15, 2nd base off Weaver/Johjima)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Julian Tavarez (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Julian Tavarez (L,5-5) 4.1663310 4.60
Kyle Snyder 1.2100210 2.67
Mike Timlin 1333102 6.48
Javier Lopez 1000000 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Julian Tavarez 87-50, Kyle Snyder 36-18, Mike Timlin 20-14, Javier Lopez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julian Tavarez 8-4, Kyle Snyder 2-2, Mike Timlin 1-2, Javier Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Julian Tavarez 22, Kyle Snyder 8, Mike Timlin 7, Javier Lopez 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000101 .359
Jose Lopez, 2B5122000 .282
Jose Vidro, DH5100013 .292
Richie Sexson, 1B3120200 .212
Ben Broussard, RF3010104 .287
    Jason Ellison, PR-RF0100000 .167
Kenji Johjima, C3113102 .308
Adrian Beltre, 3B3222100 .263
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3100003 .289
Willie Bloomquist, LF4121010 .268
Totals33910862  
Batting
2B - Richie Sexson (13, Tavarez), Adrian Beltre (18, Tavarez)
HR - Kenji Johjima (8, Timlin), Adrian Beltre (10, Timlin)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (1)
RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (43), Kenji Johjima 3 (31), Adrian Beltre 2 (30), Willie Bloomquist (8)
2-OUT RBI - Kenji Johjima (10), Adrian Beltre (14)
SB - Jose Lopez (2, 2nd base off Snyder/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Jeff Weaver (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Weaver (W,2-6) 5.2621230 7.71
Eric O'Flaherty (H,2) 1000000 2.10
Sean Green 0.2000220 2.70
George Sherrill 0.2000000 1.52
Ryan Rowland-Smith 1222130 7.71
HBP - Varitek (by Jeff Weaver), Varitek (by Sean Green)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 104-66, Eric O'Flaherty 8-6, Sean Green 23-7, George Sherrill 5-3, Ryan Rowland-Smith 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 4-11, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, George Sherrill 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Sean Green 5, George Sherrill 1, Ryan Rowland-Smith 6
Game Information
Attendance - 33830
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Tim Welke