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SEATTLE -- First came John Lackey's no-hit tease. Then, a ninth-inning meltdown. Finally, extra-inning relief.
This zany, four-hour ride was perhaps Boston's worst victory this season -- and Seattle's best loss.
"I mean, you hear the music playing. But ... ," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said as tunes blared from the main room of the visiting clubhouse across the hall. "That's a tough way to win."
Josh Bard broke up Lackey's bid for baseball's fifth no-hitter this season by fighting off a high, 91 mph fastball and sending a clean single to right-center with two outs in the eighth.
Lackey, who allowed an unearned run, struck out six and walked one despite having what he called a bad fastball, threw his head back and dropped his mouth open after Bard's liner fell a few steps to the right and in front of a sprinting J.D. Drew.
About half the Mariners crowd of 28,074 -- roughly the proportion of Red Sox fans in the park -- immediately gave Lackey a standing ovation.
"I jammed him, man. I threw it where I wanted to," Lackey said, still disappointed two hours after he lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning or later for the second time in two calendar years. "I mean, you'd like for somebody to at least get the barrel of the bat on it to end it."
The last-place Mariners then rose up for five runs on three hits and two Boston errors in the ninth.
"What got me mad most was Lackey almost got a no-hitter and at least deserved the win," Delcarmen said.
Bill Hall, Drew and Marco Scutaro all hit home runs as Boston scored more than four runs for the first time in eight games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox improved to 3-5 since the break -- albeit the hard way. They stayed seven games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
"Definitely one of the weirdest no-decisions I've ever had, how about that?" Lackey said, grinning.
Hideki Okajima (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the 12th by getting Jose Lopez and Milton Bradley to pop out. Ramon Ramirez worked the 13th for his second save in Boston's longest game by innings this season.
Kevin Youkilis began the 13th with a single against Garrett Olson (0-3) that went off the glove of shortstop Jack Wilson. Then came two outs and a walk to Mike Cameron. Patterson, who entered in the 11th for Hall, drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-center gap.
Seattle lost for the 15th time in 19 games -- and was four outs from the first no-hitter in the 10½-year history of Safeco Field.
"It was a tremendous comeback and a heartbreak all in the same game," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Bard's hit came on Lackey's 111th pitch against the team with the fewest hits, fewest runs and lowest batting average in the major leagues. Wilson followed with a squibber that eluded Hall at second base for a weird infield single. Lackey just bent over at the waist and exhaled before getting out of the inning.
Lackey's two hits allowed tied his season low from May 5 against the Angels, for whom he tormented the Mariners inside the AL West until he signed an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston as a free agent last winter.
Delcarmen allowed a two-run homer to Franklin Gutierrez, then walked Lopez in the ninth. After Bradley reached on Scutaro's error at shortstop, Papelbon entered with no outs and the limited time of only 12 pitches by Delcarmen to warm up. Justin Smoak struck out on a wicked splitter before Casey Kotchman -- who had been 0 for 4 against Papelbon -- doubled home Lopez to make it 6-4.
Papelbon walked Bard on a full count to load the bases. No. 9 hitter Wilson fouled off three two-strike pitches before hitting a soft grounder to Scutaro. Hall tried to turn a double play at second but his relay throw skipped far wide of Youkilis at first base for an error. That allowed Bradley and pinch-runner Ryan Langerhans to score, tying it at 6.
It was Papelbon's fourth blown save in 26 chances and third in his last eight opportunities.
|Mike Cameron (23) and Kevin Youkilis celebrate after scoring the go-ahead runs in the 13th. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||6||2||2||1||0||0||1||.279|
|Darnell McDonald, LF||5||0||0||0||1||3||1||.257|
|David Ortiz, DH||6||0||2||1||0||1||2||.252|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||6||1||3||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||6||1||1||0||0||0||3||.336|
|J.D. Drew, RF||5||1||1||2||1||2||1||.269|
|Mike Cameron, CF||5||2||1||0||1||3||2||.273|
|Bill Hall, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.232|
|a- Eric Patterson, PH-2B||2||0||1||2||0||1||0||.208|
|Kevin Cash, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.181|
|b- Jed Lowrie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Dusty Brown, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|a-struck out for Hall in the 11th|
|b-lined out for Cash in the 11th|
|2B - Mike Cameron (10, Rowland-Smith), Eric Patterson (7, Olson)|
|HR - Marco Scutaro (5, Sweeney), J.D. Drew (12, Rowland-Smith), Bill Hall (9, Rowland-Smith)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (30), David Ortiz (60), J.D. Drew 2 (47), Bill Hall 2 (27), Eric Patterson 2 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (28), Eric Patterson 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Lackey-Youkilis|
|PB - Kevin Cash (6)|
|E - Bill Hall 2 (8, Misplayed grounder), Marco Scutaro (12, Misplayed grounder(Pinch runner Saunders replaces Bard on a 2-2 count))|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jonathan Papelbon (BS,4)||1||1||1||0||2||2||0||3.15|
|Hideki Okajima (W,3-2)||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||5.34|
|Ramon Ramirez (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.73|
|IBB - Suzuki by Jonathan Papelbon, Gutierrez by Hideki Okajima|
|HBP - J. Wilson (by John Lackey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 116-80, Manny Delcarmen 12-5, Jonathan Papelbon 30-16, Daniel Bard 11-6, Hideki Okajima 30-20, Ramon Ramirez 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-11, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0, Hideki Okajima 2-3, Ramon Ramirez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Manny Delcarmen 4, Jonathan Papelbon 6, Daniel Bard 3, Hideki Okajima 9, Ramon Ramirez 3|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||0||1||0||1||1||2||.312|
|Chone Figgins, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||3||2||.229|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||5||1||1||2||1||0||0||.256|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||5||1||0||0||1||0||4||.235|
|Milton Bradley, LF||5||2||0||0||1||0||3||.205|
|Justin Smoak, DH||6||0||0||0||0||2||3||.207|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.216|
|Ryan Langerhans, PR-1B||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||.208|
|Josh Bard, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.189|
|Michael Saunders, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Rob Johnson, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.257|
|2B - Casey Kotchman (11, Papelbon)|
|HR - Franklin Gutierrez (9, Delcarmen)|
|SH - Chone Figgins (7)|
|RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 2 (40), Casey Kotchman (30), Jack Wilson (11)|
|SB - Milton Bradley (7, 2nd base off Lackey/Cash)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - J. Lopez-Figgins-Kotchman, J. Wilson-Figgins-Kotchman|
|E - Jose Lopez (11, Misplayed grounder)|
|Garrett Olson (L,0-3)||2||2||2||2||1||2||0||5.52|
|WP - Ryan Rowland-Smith (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 84-53, Brian Sweeney 31-17, Jamey Wright 30-20, David Aardsma 14-10, Garrett Olson 38-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 4-9, Brian Sweeney 1-1, Jamey Wright 4-3, Garrett Olson 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 26, Brian Sweeney 7, Jamey Wright 9, David Aardsma 3, Garrett Olson 9|
|Attendance - 28074|
|Game Time - 3:57|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|