7:10 PM ET, August 22, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Mariners rally to score 5 in 9th, send Red Sox to sixth straight loss
BOSTON -- Down to their final strike, the Seattle Mariners put a dramatic end to more than three years of futility at Fenway Park.
Austin Jackson hit a bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run, bloop single as the Mariners rallied to score five times and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Friday night.
"The first three hours of that game we didn't look very good," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Then all of a sudden, with two outs, we turned it on. I can't figure it out."
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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway that began in May 2011.
The Mariners had managed only two hits through the first eight innings, then got five against Uehara in the ninth and extended Boston's losing streak to six.
Hernandez was in line for the loss before the ninth-inning rally, which he said he watched from the clubhouse.
"I didn't even move. I did not move because I did not want to change anything," Hernandez said. "It's huge for us, man. We needed this one."
Boston starter Joe Kelly limited Seattle to one hit in five solid innings and three relievers preserved the shutout until Uehara's collapse in the ninth.
Uehara had an 0-2 count on Jackson, who drove the next pitch down the line in left to cut the lead to 3-2. Ackley was next and hit a blooper to shallow left just out of shortstop Brock Holt's reach as he made a diving attempt.
"I thought I was pretty close. He hit it kind of far up there. I was hoping I could get to it and end the game. Unfortunately it fell," Holt said.
Hernandez pitched for the first time since his record streak of 16 straight starts of seven or more innings while allowing two runs or fewer ended Saturday in a loss at Detroit. Hernandez three strikeouts for his sixth straight season with 200 or more and finished with seven over 5 2/3 innings. He also gave up five hits, including two in the costly sixth inning.
BIG PAPI RETURNS
Boston DH David Ortiz returned to the lineup after resting Thursday and had a single and a double in his first two at-bats. After Daniel Nava led off the sixth with a double and went to third on a fielder's choice, the Mariners weren't taking chances on Big Papi." Seattle walked Ortiz intentionally to face Cespedes and the move backfired when Cespedes hit a towering shot to left, clearing the Green Monster entirely and giving Boston a 3-0 lead. Cespedes fouled off three straight pitches before breaking the scoreless tie with his 20th homer of the season, the fourth since being traded to the Red Sox.
Seattle temporarily held a 1-0 in the fourth before Boston challenged a call successfully and took the run off the board. Kendrys Morales hit a sinking fly ball that center fielder Mookie Betts reached with full-speed dive that was initially ruled a hit. Betts was so certain he caught the ball for the third out that he wasn't paying attention to Ackley rounding third, then made a wild throw toward home that sailed to the backstop. Boston still had its challenge and the call was overturned after a quick review confirmed Betts made the catch.
With the comeback, the Mariners avoided losing consecutive games for the first time since a four-game skid July 22-25.
Mariners: CF Michael Saunders' rehab assignment as he gets over an oblique strain has been temporarily interrupted by flu-like symptoms. "He will not play for two or three days," McClendon said. "He's been dehydrated." It is the second rehab interruption for Saunders, who was out on paternity leave last month.
Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was hit in the head by a pitch in the fifth and left the game between innings to be evaluated for a concussion, but he said after the game that he felt fine.
"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentionally," Bogaerts said. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."
First baseman Mike Napoli missed his third straight game with back spasms. Manager John Farrell said Napoli could return to the lineup Saturday.
Kelly left after five innings after he felt what he described as a "minor tweak" in his shoulder, but a battery of tests turned up negative for an injury, the Boston Herald reported.
Mariners: RHP Chris Young (12-6, 3.07 ERA) returns to the mound after pitching six scoreless innings in his last start, when Seattle beat Detroit 8-1.
Red Sox: RHP Brandon Workman (1-7, 4.26 ERA) tries to end a slide of losses in six straight starts. Workman allowed just two runs on six hits in seven innings on Monday, but didn't get much run support and the Red Sox lost to the Angels 4-2.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 22: Hisashi Iwakuma #18 of the Seattle Mariners throws from the outfield at Fenway Park before...(Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|6th||Y Cespedes homered to left (368 feet), D Nava and D Ortiz scored.||0||3|
|9th||A Jackson doubled to deep left, L Morrison and E Chavez scored, C Denorfia to third.||2||3|
|9th||D Ackley singled to left, C Denorfia and A Jackson scored.||4||3|
|9th||R Cano singled to right, D Ackley scored, R Cano to second advancing on throw.||5||3|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||36,433 (98.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Vic Carapazza, Third Base - Pat Hoberg|
The Mariners came back to beat the Red Sox 5-3 after trailing 3-0 entering the 9th inning. Boston was the only unbeaten team left in MLB when leading after 8 innings this season (44-0).
From Elias: Down 3-0 with 2 outs in the 9th, the Mariners' win probability vs the Red Sox was 1.1 percent.
The Red Sox have slugged an MLB-low .278 in at-bats ending in an off-speed pitch from a righty this season; Felix Hernandez has allowed a .212 slugging percentage this season in such at-bats, second best among qualifiers.
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