SEATTLE — Michael Saunders broke up the no-hit bid of Boston’s Jon Lester with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Seattle added three more runs off Lester in the eighth inning, and the Mariners rallied for a 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.
One batter after Lester’s chance at a perfect game ended when center fielder Eric Patterson dropped Jack Wilson’s one-out liner in the sixth, Saunders ripped a 2-2 curve for his eighth homer of the season. It was the second homer by a lefty this season off Lester, who for the first five innings was untouchable.
Instead his one mistake to Saunders, and Boston’s inability to mount any offense against Seattle’s pitching, sent Lester (11-5) to his second straight loss. David Ortiz accounted for all of the Boston offense with a solo homer leading off the fourth inning.