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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are back in first place after a 15-inning victory that began in July and ended in August.
All it took was 5 hours, 3 minutes.
"It's just huge to get a win out of that game," Drew said. "Back and forth, their bullpen's doing well, our bullpen's doing well. We made some key plays that kept us in it."
One of the biggest was a baseball rarity -- an unassisted double play by an outfielder.
The Mariners threatened in the 15th when one-out singles by Raul Ibanez and Endy Chavez put runners at first and second. Michael Saunders then hit a low liner to left. Jonny Gomes charged in and made a diving catch, then ran all the way to touch second base as Ibanez had no chance to get back.
"I've never had one and I've never seen one," Gomes said with a smile. "So that's why I'm glad I got it on my résumé."
Ibanez was focused on trying to score the go-ahead run.
"I was erring on the side of being aggressive," he said. "I was just going on what I saw and where he was playing. I knew it was going to fade and it did, but he made a great play."
In the bottom of the inning, Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout by David Ortiz. Mike Napoli was walked intentionally and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Gomes then walked, loading the bases, and Drew hit a liner just inside the right-field line as Pedroia scored the decisive run.
The Red Sox had only one hit in their previous 30 at-bats before Drew's single.
"Finally, we were able to push one across after quite a drought," Boston manager John Farrell said.
Boston moved a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Rays lost 7-0 on Wednesday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Drake Britton (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major-league win.
"I was prepared to go as long as they wanted me to," he said.
Lucas Luetge (0-2) took the loss.
"We battled for that whole game," Seattle acting manager Robby Thompson said. "We hit some balls hard and they made some good plays on them, including the one by Gomes. He was aggressive and made a good play on it and fooled Raul a little."
The Red Sox wasted an excellent chance in the 14th when Brandon Snyder led off with a pinch-hit double, Boston's first hit since the seventh, and took third on a sacrifice by Jacoby Ellsbury. But Snyder was thrown out trying to score on Shane Victorino's fly to center fielder Saunders, ending the inning.
The Mariners also threatened in the 11th and 12th but stranded two runners in each inning.
Boston's previous longest game this year lasted 14 innings, a 10-8 victory against Tampa Bay on June 10. Five days earlier, Seattle played its longest game, a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 16 innings.
Kyle Seager had tied the game at 4 in the eighth with his 17th homer of the year. Pedroia had given the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run homer in the seventh, his eighth.
The Mariners went ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Seager before the Red Sox took the lead with two unearned runs in the fifth.
Brock Holt led off with a double and took third when center fielder Dustin Ackley dropped Ellsbury's low liner for an error. Victorino then grounded to second baseman Nick Franklin, who may have been distracted when Ellsbury ran in front of him.
Franklin bobbled the ball for another error as Holt scored. Pedroia then grounded into a forceout at second base, allowing Ellsbury to score.
The Mariners took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kendry Morales and an RBI single by Ibanez.
Boston starter John Lackey shook off a liner off his left heel by Ackley in the third. John Farrell and a trainer went toward the mound, but Lackey waved them away before they arrived.
|Stephen Drew's RBI single caps a 15-inning battle against the Mariners and puts the Red Sox back on top in the AL East. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brad Miller, SS||5||2||2||0||2||0||1||.248|
|Nick Franklin, 2B||7||0||0||0||0||4||3||.267|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||6||1||3||2||1||2||1||.298|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.285|
|Brendan Ryan, PR-DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.190|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||7||0||2||1||0||1||4||.252|
|Michael Morse, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.241|
|Endy Chavez, PR-RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Michael Saunders, RF-CF||7||0||2||0||0||2||2||.228|
|Dustin Ackley, CF-1B||6||0||1||0||0||1||3||.215|
|Humberto Quintero, C||6||1||2||0||0||1||1||.250|
|2B - Kyle Seager (27, Lackey), Michael Saunders (14, Breslow)|
|HR - Kyle Seager (17, Tazawa)|
|SF - Kendrys Morales (1)|
|RBI - Kyle Seager 2 (50), Kendrys Morales (60), Raul Ibanez (57)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (19)|
|SB - Brad Miller (3, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Saunders 1|
|DP - Iwakuma-Quintero-Morse, Iwakuma-Quintero-Morse-Miller-Franklin-Morse, Iwakuma-Quintero-Morse-Miller-Franklin-Morse-Saunders-Quintero|
|E - Dustin Ackley (1, Dropped line drive), Nick Franklin (8, Dropped line drive)|
|Oliver Perez (BS,1)||0.1||3||2||2||0||1||1||2.79|
|Lucas Luetge (L,0-2)||2.2||2||1||1||4||1||0||4.95|
|IBB - Napoli by Lucas Luetge|
|WP - Lucas Luetge (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 102-63, Oliver Perez 21-15, Yoervis Medina 22-14, Charlie Furbush 17-9, Danny Farquhar 38-27, Lucas Luetge 46-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 6-8, Yoervis Medina 2-1, Danny Farquhar 3-2, Lucas Luetge 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 27, Oliver Perez 4, Yoervis Medina 5, Charlie Furbush 4, Danny Farquhar 9, Lucas Luetge 13|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||6||1||1||0||0||2||3||.300|
|Shane Victorino, RF||6||1||2||0||1||1||1||.282|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||6||2||2||3||1||1||1||.296|
|David Ortiz, DH||7||0||1||0||0||2||3||.324|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||5||0||0||0||2||2||2||.257|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||7||0||2||0||0||2||5||.264|
|Mike Carp, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.318|
|Daniel Nava, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.282|
|Stephen Drew, SS||6||0||2||1||1||2||2||.228|
|Brock Holt, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.278|
|b-Brandon Snyder, PH-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.235|
|a-walked for Nava in the 13th|
|b-doubled for Holt in the 14th|
|2B - Brock Holt (1, Iwakuma), Brandon Snyder (3, Luetge)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (8, Perez)|
|SH - Jacoby Ellsbury (1)|
|RBI - Dustin Pedroia 3 (64), Stephen Drew (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (26)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Holt-Drew-Napoli, Holt-Drew-Napoli-Pedroia-Drew-Napoli, Holt-Drew-Napoli-Pedroia-Drew-Napoli-Gomes|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Junichi Tazawa (BS,5)||1||2||1||1||0||1||1||3.11|
|Drake Britton (W,1-0)||2||3||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Craig Breslow (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 95-71, Junichi Tazawa 9-8, Koji Uehara 19-17, Matt Thornton 14-7, Craig Breslow 30-15, Drake Britton 35-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 5-8, Junichi Tazawa 1-1, Koji Uehara 1-2, Matt Thornton 1-2, Craig Breslow 2-4|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Junichi Tazawa 5, Koji Uehara 6, Matt Thornton 5, Craig Breslow 9, Drake Britton 8|
|Attendance - 35059|
|Game Time - 5:03|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Chris Conroy|