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Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Justin Masterson is making it difficult for the Red Sox to send him back to the minors.

Masterson pitched six strong innings and J.D. Drew hit a go-ahead homer for Boston, lifting the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

"Every time he takes the ball, the organization's got their chest out a little, as they should," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "This isn't a fluke. He's been prepared very well how to pitch, how to act and how to compete. It's exciting."

Masterson (3-0) gave up one run on three hits and struck out four for Boston, which has won 15 of its last 16 at home and eight of 10 overall. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

"Anytime you get called up, you want to do your best," Masterson said. "I am just trying to give us a chance to win."

Masterson has taken advantage of the injuries to Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka after being sent down after each of his first two starts.

"A lot of his success is bred from confidence he has gained from his starts," catcher Jason Varitek said.

Drew greeted Seattle reliever Sean Green (1-2) with his eighth homer of the season in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. It was only the second homer allowed by Green, who made his 32nd appearance, tied for first in the American League.

"He's been hot and he got me," Green said. "I have no explanation for our road woes. We're playing hard and it's just not happening right now."

Seattle has dropped 15 of 17 on the road.

Mariners starter Erik Bedard lasted only five innings, despite giving up only two hits and one run. It was only the third time in his last six starts that he has made it through the fifth.

Seattle went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Yuniesky Betancourt. On the previous at-bat by Richie Sexson, Drew made a highlight-reel over-the-shoulder catch while battling the sun to rob Sexson of extra bases.

"Sexson hit that ball well, but Drew ran it down," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "Bedard hung in there well, but he threw a lot of pitches."

Boston tied it in the third at 1, but failed to break it open when Bedard struggled with his control while throwing 40 pitches. After Coco Crisp singled, Brandon Moss and Dustin Pedroia walked to load the bases. Drew was hit by a pitch forcing Crisp home, but Manny Ramirez struck out to end the threat. Ramirez later extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Notes

  • Masterson became the first pitcher in the history of Fenway Park to go unbeaten in his first four starts.
  • Francona announced before the game that he hoped Jacoby Ellsbury would return to the Boston lineup Tuesday.
  • Bedard has allowed one run in 12 innings against Boston this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Boston

J. Drew
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Masterson
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 4
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000010 .290
Jose Lopez, DH4010021 .303
Raul Ibanez, LF4000011 .262
Adrian Beltre, 3B3100100 .231
Jeremy Reed, RF2000200 .231
Richie Sexson, 1B3000102 .206
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3001002 .289
Jamie Burke, C3010021 .220
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3010013 .171
Totals2913147  
Batting
RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt (21)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (5, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bloomquist-Betancourt-Sexson, Beltre-Bloomquist-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Erik Bedard 5211350 4.26
Sean Green (L,1-2) 2.1311031 3.38
Arthur Rhodes 0.1000000 5.23
J.J. Putz 0.1000010 5.50
HBP - Drew (by Erik Bedard)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 99-63, Sean Green 39-27, Arthur Rhodes 3-2, J.J. Putz 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 3-6, Sean Green 1-2
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 20, Sean Green 9, Arthur Rhodes 1, J.J. Putz 1
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS3010112 .269
    Alex Cora, SS0000000 .324
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000102 .263
J.D. Drew, RF3112000 .318
Manny Ramirez, DH4010023 .302
Mike Lowell, 3B3000001 .271
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3000020 .299
Jason Varitek, C3000020 .257
Coco Crisp, CF3110010 .260
Brandon Moss, LF2010110 .267
Totals2725239  
Batting
2B - Julio Lugo (8, Bedard)
HR - J.D. Drew (8, Green)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Youkilis-Lugo
Boston Red Sox
Justin Masterson (W,3-0) 6311340 2.59
Craig Hansen (H,4) 1000120 4.32
Hideki Okajima (H,12) 1000010 1.95
Jonathan Papelbon (S,18) 1000000 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 88-57, Craig Hansen 18-11, Hideki Okajima 9-7, Jonathan Papelbon 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-6, Hideki Okajima 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 23, Craig Hansen 4, Hideki Okajima 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37198
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox