July 23, 2010 in Sports

M’s rally goes for naught

Seattle scores five runs in ninth, falls in 13th
Everett Herald
Associated Press photo

Boston’s Kevin Youkilis is out at second as Chone Figgins throws to first for a double play in the second inning.
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SEATTLE – Like the question about trees falling in the woods, if a pitcher throws a no-hitter against the 2010 Seattle Mariners, is it really a no-hitter?

For 7 2/3 innings Thursday night at Safeco Field, Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey made people ask that question about the light-hitting Mariners.

With four outs remaining to complete the no-hitter, everything changed.

The Mariners got their first hit with two outs in the eighth inning, then worked their at-bats, took advantage of Red Sox misplays in the field and turned a dour offensive performance into a tense game that took 13 innings to decide.

By the end, a loss was still a loss – 8-6 when Boston’s Eric Patterson hit a two-run double off Garrett Olson (0-3) in the top of the 13th.

Patterson’s hit ended a late-game spate of Mariners heroics that began with Josh Bard’s single with two outs in the eighth inning.

That one ended Lackey’s no-hitter, and it became the flash point for the Mariners’ rally in the ninth to tie the score. Lackey got the third out of the eighth to preserve a 6-1 Boston lead.

In the ninth, the Mariners feasted on Red Sox relievers Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon to tie the score.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer off Delcarmen, who followed that by walking Jose Lopez. Milton Bradley hit what appeared to be a double-play grounder, but Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro misplayed it for an error.

The Red Sox brought in Papelbon, and he struck out rookie Justin Smoak for the first out. Casey Kotchman, however, pulled a sharp grounder past first base and into the right-field corner for an RBI double, making the score 6-4.

Papelbon followed that by walking Bard to load the bases, and the Red Sox provided what became a two-run gift.

Jack Wilson dribbled a grounder to shortstop, where Scutaro flipped to second baseman Bill Hall to force out pinch runner Michael Saunders. Bradley scored, and when Hall made his relay to first base attempting to complete a game-ending double play, he threw it well wide of the bag and into foul territory.

The throwing error allowed pinch runner Ryan Langerhans to score, tying the game at 6.

The Mariners traded infielder Jack Hannahan, who’d spent the season at Class AAA Tacoma, to the Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Hannahan batted .228 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 63 games with the Rainiers.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 6 (13)

Scutaro ss 622100.279
D.McDonald lf 500013.257
D.Ortiz dh 602101.252
Youkilis 1b 613001.303
A.Beltre 3b 611000.336
J.Drew rf 511212.269
Cameron cf 521013.273
Hall 2b 411200.232
a-E.Patterson ph-2b 201201.208
Cash c 401000.150
b-Lowrie ph 100000.333
Brown c 100000.125
Totals 518138311
I.Suzuki rf 501011.312
Figgins 2b 511003.229
F.Gutierrez cf 511210.256
Jo.Lopez 3b 510010.235
Bradley lf 520010.205
Smoak dh 600002.207
Kotchman 1b 401100.216
1-Langerhans pr-1b 210002.208
J.Bard c 301011.189
2-M.Saunders pr 000000.228
Ro.Johnson c 200000.200
Ja.Wilson ss 402101.257
Totals 46674510
Boston 0030021000002—8133
Seattle 0100000050000—671

E—Scutaro (12), Hall 2 (8), Jo.Lopez (11). LOB—Boston 7, Seattle 8. 2B—Cameron (10), E.Patterson (7), Kotchman (11). HR—Hall (9), off Rowland-Smith; J.Drew (12), off Rowland-Smith; Scutaro (5), off B.Sweeney; F.Gutierrez (9), off Delcarmen. RBIs—Scutaro (30), D.Ortiz (60), J.Drew 2 (47), Hall 2 (27), E.Patterson 2 (14), F.Gutierrez 2 (40), Kotchman (30), Ja.Wilson (11). SB—Bradley (7). S—Figgins.

RLISP—Boston 4 (D.Ortiz, Cash 2, Brown); Seattle 4 (I.Suzuki, Figgins, Bradley 2). GIDP—A.Beltre, Cash. DP—Boston 1 (Lackey, Youkilis); Seattle 2 (Jo.Lopez, Figgins, Kotchman), (Ja.Wilson, Figgins, Kotchman).

Lackey 8210161164.36
Delcarmen 024310125.05
Papelbon BS, 4-25 111022303.15
D.Bard 100000111.75
Okajima W, 3-2 220011305.34
R.Ramirez S, 2-2 100001104.73
Rwlnd-Smth 685514846.27
B.Sweeney 131111314.02
J.Wright 300002305.06
Aardsma 100002144.88
Olson L, 0-3 222212385.52

IR-S—Papelbon 2-2, J.Wright 2-0. IBB—off Papelbon (I.Suzuki), off Okajima (F.Gutierrez). HBP—by Lackey (Ja.Wilson). WP—Rowland-Smith. PB—Cash. T—3:57. A—28,074 (47,878).

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