Boston at Seattle

W: D. Aardsma (1-1) L: R. Ramirez (4-1)
HR: BOS - J. Drew (6)   SEA - R. Branyan (9)

Key error sets table for Mariners' ninth-inning win over Red Sox wire reports

SEATTLE -- The Mariners started three pitchers expected to be in the minors right now, and got little production out of Ken Griffey Jr. and Adrian Beltre this weekend.

Yet with a 3-2 victory Sunday, Seattle took two of three from Boston, which finished its final West Coast trip of the season 2-4.

From the Red Sox perspective, the outcome is less an encouraging sign for a Mariners team that lost 101 games last season and more about their own recent struggles, which includes the benching of David Ortiz.

"Today was a tough day," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "[But] what happened last week doesn't affect us."

Franklin Gutierrez singled under the glove of third baseman Mike Lowell to score Ronny Cedeno with two outs in the ninth inning, moments after a key error by Boston, for the win.

Rocco Baldelli was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in three games as the designated hitter for Ortiz. J.D. Drew and Jason Bay were 3-for- 11 (.272) with one strikeout and one extra-base hit in the No. 3 spot in the batting order usually held by Ortiz, who is batting .208 with no home runs entering his return Tuesday against Toronto. First baseman Kevin Youkilis becomes eligible to return from the disabled list on Wednesday.

"When you don't have your three and four hitters, that is probably not going to help," Francona said. "I don't know that we sit back and think of it like that -- like, where our offense is."

Justin Masterson could be excused for thinking like that. Filling in again for injured Daisuke Matsuzaka, he allowed two earned runs and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings.

"I think we are just one or two hits away from doing this," team captain Jason Varitek said. "It is definitely huge [being without Ortiz and Youkilis]. Our team is much better with both of them in the lineup."

Seattle's series win erased the gloom of a 1-7 road trip that ended with two straight losses in the last at-bat at first-place Texas.

"It's about a belief system," rookie manager Don Wakamatsu said. "If we can beat a team like Boston, that's a stepping stone for where we want to go."

Seattle won for just the third time in 13 games because Boston shortstop Nick Green threw what should have been Cedeno's third-out grounder in the ninth about 15 feet over the head of first baseman Jeff Bailey, into a camera well behind first base on the fly. It was generously scored a single and error, Green's second of the game and eighth of the season.

Ramon Ramirez (4-1), who had allowed one run in 20 1/3 innings coming in, intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki before Gutierrez delivered the first game-ending hit of his five-season career.

"It just ... happens," Green said. "Obviously it happened at the wrong time. I tried to slow things down. I slowed it down too much. Was lazy."

That wasn't the only wasted opportunity for Boston. Varitek doubled and Green walked with one out in the ninth against David Aardsma (1-1). Jacoby Ellsbury then popped out to the infield and angrily slapped his bat, and reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia flied out to keep the game tied.

It was the second time in two outings Aardsma, traded by Boston last winter, had denied Ellsbury and Pedroia in the ninth inning of a Seattle win.

"You don't want to be facing them with the game on the line," he said, grinning over the dual escapes since taking over for Brandon Morrow as Seattle's closer. "Yeah, I'm pretty happy."

Seattle won the series despite starting Chris Jakubauskas, Garrett Olson and Jason Vargas. On offense, Griffey and Beltre were combined 1-for-23 (.043). They stranded four base runners Sunday, and 10 in the series.

Vargas allowed eight hits and one earned run -- Drew's sixth homer in the fourth -- in 5 1/3 innings.


  • Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the AL's longest active streak.
  • Seattle C Rob Johnson left the game after bunting a ball off his hand in the sixth. He has bruised index and middle fingers on his right hand. Though X-rays were negative, he said he may be out a couple days. Kenji Johjima replaced him.
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The Mariners take advantage of a Boston error to hand Ramon Ramirez the loss in the ninth.  (AP)
The Mariners take advantage of a Boston error to hand Ramon Ramirez the loss in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Drew
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

R. Cedeno
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5010005 .300
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3010202 .317
Jason Bay, LF4000015 .295
Mike Lowell, 3B4000012 .289
J.D. Drew, RF3221110 .261
Rocco Baldelli, DH4000021 .200
Jeff Bailey, 1B3010110 .182
Jason Varitek, C3011001 .231
    George Kottaras, PR-C0000000 .143
Nick Green, SS3020100 .302
2B - Jason Varitek (9, Aardsma)
HR - J.D. Drew (6, Vargas)
SF - Jason Varitek (2)
RBI - J.D. Drew (20), Jason Varitek (16)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Green-Bailey
E - Nick Green 2 (8, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Justin Masterson 6.1922061 4.57
Manny Delcarmen 1100010 0.96
Hideki Okajima 0.2000010 2.89
Ramon Ramirez (L,4-1) 0.2211110 0.86
IBB - Suzuki by Ramon Ramirez
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 93-60, Manny Delcarmen 19-13, Hideki Okajima 8-5, Ramon Ramirez 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-5, Manny Delcarmen 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Manny Delcarmen 4, Hideki Okajima 2, Ramon Ramirez 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4020101 .321
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4021011 .270
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4010002 .207
    Endy Chavez, PR-DH0000000 .273
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000023 .211
Russell Branyan, 1B4111021 .300
Wladimir Balentien, LF4000011 .286
Rob Johnson, C2010011 .206
    Kenji Johjima, C1000010 .250
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120010 .264
Ronny Cedeno, 2B4131002 .200
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (5, Masterson)
3B - Ronny Cedeno (1, Masterson)
HR - Russell Branyan (9, Masterson)
SH - Franklin Gutierrez (5), Rob Johnson (2)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (16), Russell Branyan (19), Ronny Cedeno (2)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (6), Ronny Cedeno (1)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Beltre-Cedeno-Branyan, Betancourt-Cedeno-Branyan, Cedeno-Betancourt-Branyan
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (6, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jason Vargas 5.1721311 1.29
Sean White 1.2000110 2.50
Mark Lowe 1000030 4.15
David Aardsma (W,1-1) 1100110 1.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 98-57, Sean White 20-9, Mark Lowe 18-12, David Aardsma 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 7-7, Sean White 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 25, Sean White 5, Mark Lowe 3, David Aardsma 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40833
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom