September 5, 2012 in Sports

Sox go deep, end streak

Sixth-inning homers beat M’s, end seven-game skid
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Cody Ross hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth inning, Ryan Lavarnway connected two batters later and the Boston Red Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox began with another lackluster effort on this miserable road trip before pulling even with a rally that took just six pitches.

Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury opened the sixth with singles off Seattle starter Blake Beavan (9-9) before Ross hit his 20th homer of the season. After recovering to get two outs, Beavan left a pitch up in the zone to Lavarnway and he lined his first homer off the out-of-town scoreboard beyond the left field bullpens.

The quick turn of fortunes for Boston made a winner out of Jon Lester (9-11), who gave up consecutive homers to Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager in the third, but otherwise avoided damage.

Eric Thames hit a two-out, two-strike triple in the ninth for Seattle off Andrew Bailey to keep the Mariners’ hopes alive. But Bailey got Seager to fly out to right to end it for his second save in three chances.

Boston’s seven-game skid started with the opening of a West Coast swing through Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle. According to the Red Sox, from information provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time Boston had dropped the first seven games of a road trip since 1960. The losing streak was the longest since a nine-game skid during the 2001 season.

The Red Sox appeared ready for the losing to end, with most leaping to the dugout railing to see Ross’ homer sail over the head of left fielder Trayvon Robinson.

Pedroia’s single to start the inning extended his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games.

Lavarnway’s home run was his first for the Red Sox since a two-homer game Sept. 27, 2011, against Baltimore.

Lester needed 111 pitches to get through six innings, but worked out of jams in the first and second innings leaving runners stranded at third base. Jesus Montero had three hits off Lester, including a two-out RBI single in the first. Gutierrez homered to deep center field on the first pitch of the third inning and, two pitches later, Seager hit his 16th of the season into the right-field seats.

Lester gave up nine hits for the second straight start, but struck out four and won for the fourth time in his last five outings.

Gutierrez’s homer was his third of the season, but also ended his night. He left the game before the start of the fourth inning with what the team said was a precautionary move after Gutierrez felt tightness in a groin muscle. Gutierrez made a diving catch in center field in the first inning.


Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was named the A.L. pitcher of the month for August. Hernandez was 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five starts, including the 23rd perfect game in baseball history. … Seattle hit back-to-back homers for the third time this season and first since July 2 versus Baltimore.

Red Sox 4, M’s 3

Podsednik lf 401000.336
Gomez ph 100000.283
Kalish lf 000000.216
Pedroia 2b 412010.292
Ellsbury cf 411011.262
C.Ross rf 411301.274
Loney 1b 402000.313
Saltalamacchia c 400001.228
Lavarnway dh 411100.178
Ciriaco 3b 401001.316
Iglesias ss 301000.053
Totals 36410424
Ackley 2b 512000.232
Gutierrez cf 211101.278
Thames rf 201011.237
Seager 3b 512100.251
J.Montero dh 403100.264
Smoak 1b 401001.193
Olivo c 300001.215
Jaso ph-c 000010.273
Robinson lf 401000.250
C.Wells rf-cf 200010.224
Carp ph 100000.204
Figgins cf 000000.185
Ryan ss 301001.197
Jimenez ph 100000.000
Totals 36312335
Boston 000004000—4101
Seattle 102000000—3120

E—Saltalamacchia (7). LOB—Boston 8, Seattle 9. 2B—Loney (1), Iglesias (1). 3B—Thames (3). HR—C.Ross (20), off Beavan; Lavarnway (1), off Beavan; Gutierrez (3), off Lester; Seager (16), off Lester. RBIs—C.Ross 3 (72), Lavarnway (3), Gutierrez (11), Seager (78), J.Montero (54). SB—Podsednik (8), Pedroia (15), Ackley (13), C.Wells (3), Ryan (10). CS—T.Robinson (3). S—Iglesias. RLSP—Boston 5, Seattle 6. RISP—Boston 1 for 9; Seattle 1 for 10. RMU—M.Gomez, Saltalamacchia, Seager. GIDP—Olivo, Carp. DP—Boston 2.

Lester W,9-11 6933244.99
Breslow H,3 1/3200014.38
Tazawa H,1 2/3000001.64
Padilla H,23 1000104.37
Bailey S,21100001.35
Beavan L,9-9 52/3844015.01
C.Capps 11/3100124.91
Luetge 2/3000003.16
Kelley 2/3100003.34
O.Perez 2/3000111.66

IR-S—Tazawa 2-0, O.Perez 1-0. IBB—Pedroia. T—3:27. A—12,754 (47,860).

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