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Boston at Seattle

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Boston (81-64) «0211000329101
Seattle (55-90)1010201016120

Red Sox 9, Mariners 6

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SEATTLE -- David Ortiz was starting to get more than a little frustrated.

In the sixth inning, he snapped his bat over his knee after popping up to third base. His next time up, he made the ball pay, instead.

His three-run homer off Brandon League in the eighth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 9-6 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

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"I've been missing a lot of pitches lately and I don't know why," Ortiz said. "I got frustrated by it. I'm not a guy that's used to missing pitches because I don't get that many pitches to hit."

"You either get on top or under the ball a half an inch different. Drives me nuts."

Jed Lowrie hit two home runs for Boston, which is seven games behind New York and third in the AL East.

Despite only having one home run in April, Ortiz has now gone over 30 for the sixth time in his career, matching Manny Ramirez for second most in franchise history behind Ted Williams' eight seasons of 30-plus.

"I'm not even close to what Mr. Williams was," Ortiz said. "What he meant for this organization, he played for so many years and with so many great names. For my name to be right next to him is a huge compliment for me."

League (9-7) entered the game in relief of starter Luke French and quickly retired his first two batters. Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre followed with a pair of singles and League served up a fastball on the inner half of the plate that Ortiz drilled over the wall in right-center field to give the Red Sox a 7-5 lead.

"It was the perfect example or what happens when your sinkerball doesn't sink," League said.

Mariners manager Daren Brown had lefty Garrett Olson available in the bullpen to face Ortiz, who is batting only .208 with two home runs against left-handers, but decided to stick with League.

"League's got good stuff. I'd trust him against anybody," Brown said. "In the same situation tomorrow. League's got good stuff, I'd have no doubt he'd get the job done."

After League walked Varitek to lead off the ninth, Eric Patterson stole second as a pinch runner, moved to third on a ground out by Daniel Nava and scored on a fielder's choice by Ryan Kalish. Josh Reddick followed with an RBI single to make it 9-5.

"They take the lead and David, with one real good swing, changes the whole complexion of the game," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

The Mariners added a run in the ninth inning. Rich Hill (1-0) made his first appearance since July 27, 2009 with Baltimore.

Lowrie hit his first of two home runs off Mariners starter Luke French in the second inning with a runner on to put the Red Sox on top.

Lowrie struck again in the fourth with a solo shot over a leaping Michael Saunders to take a 4-2 lead. French managed to settle down and retire his final 12 batters.

Daisuke Matsuzaka drilled Josh Wilson to lead off the fifth inning and Seattle capitalized on the mistake. Ichiro Suzuki doubled to left-center field to score Wilson from first. After Chone Figgins reached on a bunt, Branyan hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Suzuki and tie the game at 4.

"There's times, there's innings he makes it tough on himself," Francona said of Matsuzaka. "He looks healthy. Ball is coming out of hand good. Just he wasn't terribly consistent tonight."

A leadoff single from Suzuki chased Matsuzaka in the seventh inning. Figgins sacrificed Suzuki to second base and Gutierrez drove him in with a two-out double off the wall in left-center field to give the Mariners the lead.

Notes

  • Red Sox C Jason Varitek got his first start since June 30 against Tampa Bay. Varitek missed two months with a fracture in his right foot. He was 0 for 3 with a walk.
  • The Mariners ran on Varitek six times, stealing four bases.
  • 3B Adrian Beltre set a Red Sox record with his 71st extra-base hit of the season, a double in the second inning, moving out of a tie with Wade Boggs. The double also moved him into the lead for most extra base hits in the majors this season, surpassing Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay.
  • Figgins' four hits were a season high.
 
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David Ortiz's three-run shot in the eighth proves the difference-maker against the Mariners.  (AP)
David Ortiz's three-run shot in the eighth proves the difference-maker against the Mariners. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lowrie
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, 2B4100101 .271
Darnell McDonald, RF3000001 .271
   a- Josh Reddick, PH-RF2011010 .244
Victor Martinez, 1B4021000 .291
    Yamaico Navarro, PR-SS1100011 .087
Adrian Beltre, 3B4130000 .328
David Ortiz, DH4223002 .262
Jed Lowrie, SS-1B4223000 .258
Jason Varitek, C3000100 .250
    Eric Patterson, PR-LF0100000 .227
Bill Hall, LF3000000 .235
   b- Daniel Nava, PH1000001 .248
    Kevin Cash, C0000000 .173
Ryan Kalish, CF4101000 .243
Totals37910922  
a-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hall in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (42, French)
HR - David Ortiz (30, League), Jed Lowrie 2 (6, French, French)
RBI - Josh Reddick (4), Victor Martinez (64), David Ortiz 3 (91), Jed Lowrie 3 (16), Ryan Kalish (21)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (3), Victor Martinez (20), David Ortiz 3 (43)
SB - Eric Patterson (8, 2nd base off League/Moore), Ryan Kalish (4, 2nd base off Olson/Moore)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Matsuzaka-Lowrie-Martinez
E - Daisuke Matsuzaka (2, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka 6855430 4.82
Hideki Okajima 0.2000010 5.02
Michael Bowden0100000 3.60
Rich Hill (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Daniel Bard (H,30) 1100020 1.83
Jonathan Papelbon 1211030 3.39
HBP - Wilson (by Daisuke Matsuzaka)
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 105-63, Hideki Okajima 12-8, Michael Bowden 3-2, Rich Hill 5-2, Daniel Bard 18-12, Jonathan Papelbon 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 6-6, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Rich Hill 1-0
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 28, Hideki Okajima 2, Michael Bowden 1, Rich Hill 1, Daniel Bard 4, Jonathan Papelbon 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4431100 .312
Chone Figgins, 2B4141000 .257
Russell Branyan, DH3002122 .236
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5032011 .249
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000113 .221
Jose Lopez, 3B4010002 .237
Michael Saunders, LF3010101 .213
Adam Moore, C4000023 .175
Josh Wilson, SS2100021 .243
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000011 .172
    Chris Woodward, SS0000000 .100
Totals34612649  
a-struck out for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (27, Matsuzaka), Franklin Gutierrez 2 (23, Matsuzaka, Bowden)
SF - Russell Branyan (2)
SH - Chone Figgins (13)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (40), Chone Figgins (33), Russell Branyan 2 (56), Franklin Gutierrez 2 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (15)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (39, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek, 2nd base off Papelbon/Cash), Chone Figgins (39, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Franklin Gutierrez (21, 3rd base off Hill/Varitek), Michael Saunders (5, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek)
CS - Chone Figgins 2 (14, 3rd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Saunders 1
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke French 7644102 4.02
Brandon League (BS,6; L,9-7) 1.1355111 3.58
Garrett Olson 0.2100010 4.50
WP - Luke French (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 99-66, Brandon League 37-22, Garrett Olson 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 4-16, Brandon League 3-1, Garrett Olson 1-0
Batters Faced - Luke French 27, Brandon League 9, Garrett Olson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18381
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor