Boston at Seattle

Final 11th
W: J. Davis (2-0) L: J. Pineiro (1-1)
HR: BOS - None   SEA - None

Mariners sweep series against Red Sox, win fifth straight game

CBS wire reports

SEATTLE -- Jose Lopez was watching unpredictable Manny Ramirez -- just like many curious people do at a Red Sox game.

Lopez noticed that Ramirez was positioned close to the left-field line in the bottom of the 11th, creating a large gap in left-center. Lopez pulled Joel Pineiro's pitch into the gap for a double, scoring Ichiro Suzuki and helping the surging Mariners beat Boston 2-1 on Wednesday.

Suzuki drew a one-out walk off Pineiro (1-1), the former Mariners starter. Lopez then hit a 1-0 pitch that eluded a leaping, twisting Ramirez, the ball caroming past center fielder Coco Crisp and allowing Suzuki to score easily.

"I'm not going to make excuses. I hung a pitch," Pineiro said, before adding the ankle he twisted stepping on teammate Eric Hinske's heel during pregame stretching Monday still hurts.

The Mariners roughed up Lopez near second base after the game-winning hit, banging on him in celebration as if he'd done something wrong -- instead of sending Seattle to its fifth consecutive win.

"My back hurts a little bit. I got a headache, too," Lopez said, smiling.

Jason Davis (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Seattle, which tied its season-best record of nine games over .500.

Boston was swept in a series of at least three games for the first time this season despite another strong start from Daisuke Matsuzaka, who allowed one run and three hits in eight innings.

Did Ramirez think he might catch Lopez's soaring drive, which hung up for a while in the late-afternoon haze?

"I had no idea, man," Ramirez said.

Sort of summed up Boston's recent stays in Seattle.

The team with baseball's best record lost for the eighth consecutive time at Safeco Field. After allowing 17 runs in two losses, the Red Sox couldn't win when Matsuzaka walked one and struck out eight, including Jamie Burke with a runner on second to end the eighth. Matsuzaka has allowed six runs in five starts this month.

David Ortiz went 0-for-5 and left seven men on base. He just missed a home run with two on in the third against rookie Ryan Feierabend. Ortiz then popped out meekly to end the inning. Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis also just missed home runs against Feierabend, each flying out to the warning track in the second.

In the fifth, Ortiz came up with the bases loaded and two out. Ortiz thought he had a game-tying RBI walk on a 3-1 pitch off the outside edge that umpire Brian Knight called a strike, then grounded out to end the inning -- the only groundout Feierabend got.

Ortiz walked slowly and almost mockingly across the infield, past Knight and back to the dugout without looking at him. The usually clutch slugger then paced the bench area before slamming his helmet into the corner of the dugout.

Deposed leadoff batter Julio Lugo extended his hitless streak to 31 at-bats before Alex Cora pinch hit for him with a man on and one out in the 11th. Cora hit into a double play.

"Seems like we've played more than our share of this type of games here and ended up not feeling good," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Ramirez often gets criticized for his defense, but he had a long run just to get near Lopez's drive.

"Manny's such a good hitter that people overlook what he does in the field," said Mike Hargrove, Ramirez's former manager in Cleveland.

"I'm not sure there's another left fielder -- outside of somebody who can just fly - that gets that ball."

Boston tied it in the seventh off Sean Green. Pinch-hitter J.D. Drew singled leading off, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Lugo and accompanying throwing error by Green. Drew scored an unearned run on Crisp's deep fly ball on which Suzuki made a running, basket catch on the warning track in right-center field.

Matsuzaka retired eight straight to begin the game before Burke hit a sinking line drive that eluded Crisp's dive for a double in the third. Suzuki then fought off a first pitch that was high off the inside corner and lined it softly into center field to score Burke.

It was Suzuki's first hit in seven at-bats this season against his fellow star from Japan.

"Given Ichiro's great batting skill, I have no regrets about the pitch. And it is really a testament to his hitting skill that he hit the ball," Matsuzaka said.

Matsuzaka struck out Suzuki in two other at-bats, the second of which ended with Suzuki disagreeing with Knight on the call.

Feierabend gave up five hits and two walks in five innings, after allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings against Cincinnati in his previous start.


  • Rookie Brandon Morrow struck out Lugo with a 95 mph fastball to strand Youkilis at second base to end the eighth.
  • Suzuki had 11 putouts in center field, one short of the major league record.
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Jose Lopez is surrounded by teammates after driving in the winning run in the 11th inning. (AP)
Jose Lopez is surrounded by teammates after driving in the winning run in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

D. Matsuzaka
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 8

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Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp, CF4021001 .262
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010210 .322
David Ortiz, DH5000016 .319
Manny Ramirez, LF5000002 .289
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4000100 .330
Mike Lowell, 3B4010101 .293
Jason Varitek, C5010013 .266
Wily Mo Pena, RF2010010 .223
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-RF2110101 .251
Julio Lugo, SS2000113 .190
   b- Alex Cora, PH-SS1000001 .283
a-singled for Pena in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Lugo in the 11th
2B - Coco Crisp (11, Feierabend), Mike Lowell (21, Feierabend)
SF - Coco Crisp (2)
SH - Julio Lugo (5)
RBI - Coco Crisp (22)
CS - Coco Crisp (5, 2nd base by Feierabend/Burke)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka 8311180 3.80
Hideki Okajima 0.1200000 0.95
Jonathan Papelbon 1.2000020 1.55
Joel Pineiro (L,1-1) 0.1111100 5.04
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 113-77, Hideki Okajima 9-7, Jonathan Papelbon 17-14, Joel Pineiro 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-11, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2, Joel Pineiro 1-0
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 27, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 5, Joel Pineiro 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4121120 .364
Jose Lopez, 2B4011001 .285
Jose Vidro, DH3010110 .295
Richie Sexson, 1B4000013 .209
Ben Broussard, LF4000022 .275
Jose Guillen, RF3010010 .257
    Jason Ellison, PR-RF1000010 .161
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000011 .258
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .282
Jamie Burke, C4110011 .388
2B - Jose Lopez (12, Pineiro), Jamie Burke (6, Matsuzaka)
SH - Jose Lopez (4)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (39), Jose Lopez (44)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (20)
SB - Jason Ellison (1, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Betancourt-Sexson
PB - Jamie Burke (1)
E - Sean Green (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Feierabend 5500230 6.46
Sean Green (BS,2) 1.1110200 2.57
George Sherrill 0.1000000 1.48
Brandon Morrow 1.1000210 3.41
J.J. Putz 1000010 0.99
Jason Davis (W,2-0) 2100000 5.51
IBB - Drew by Brandon Morrow
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Feierabend 99-59, Sean Green 30-16, George Sherrill 1-1, Brandon Morrow 37-20, J.J. Putz 13-8, Jason Davis 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Feierabend 1-10, Sean Green 3-2, J.J. Putz 2-0, Jason Davis 3-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Feierabend 21, Sean Green 8, George Sherrill 1, Brandon Morrow 6, J.J. Putz 3, Jason Davis 6
Game Information
Attendance - 43448
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom