September 6, 2012 in Sports

Millwood pitches M’s over Red Sox

Geoff Baker Seattle Times
Associated Press photo

Mariners’ Kyle Seager dives back safely to first base on a pick-off attempt.
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SEATTLE – Three months is a long time, and the Mariners set out to show just how far they’d come since their last beat down at the hands of a soft-tossing journeyman pitcher.

It was in late June that Aaron Cook of the Boston Red Sox made the Mariners look silly by throwing only 81 pitches over nine innings in a two-hit shutout.

The Mariners didn’t exactly bombard Cook in the rematch on Wednesday night, but they worked him just hard enough for a 2-1 victory to capture the rubber match of the three-game series.

Both Cook and Mariners veteran Kevin Millwood made it through six innings this time. But Millwood allowed just a little less damage in escaping his multiple jams than his Boston mound counterpart.

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen walked the leadoff batter in the ninth, but then struck out the next two batters and got Ivan DeJesus to tap one back to the mound to end the game.

A crowd of 13,037 at Safeco Field saw Cook set a career high with five strikeouts by the time the game was just three innings old.

But Cook also allowed five base runners during that span, which caused his pitch count to slowly climb.

The fourth inning told the difference in the game as Millwood escaped a bases-loaded jam and Cook did not. Seattle loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the fourth and then, after a pop out, Dustin Ackley singled to center to bring home a pair.

Before that, Seattle had gone 12 innings this season without scoring on Cook, 33, who spent parts of 10 seasons with Colorado before signing with Boston this past winter.

Those turned out to be the only runs the Mariners would score all night, continuing a trend in which Seattle has done all of its scoring in just an inning or two for the last 16 games in a row.

Boston wasn’t doing much better in its own regard against Millwood, despite putting multiple base runners on in the second and fourth innings. There were two on and one out in the second when Millwood got a double-play grounder off the bat of Ryan Lavarnway.

Millwood worked through a perfect fifth, but a leadoff walk came back to haunt him in the sixth. With one out, Cody Ross doubled into the right-field corner to get Boston on the scoreboard. That Millwood got out of it from there kept him in line for the win.

James Loney lined a ball to center, where it was caught for the inning’s second out and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down swinging with the count full.

From there, it was up to the bullpen to take over.

They got the job done the final three innings of this game.

Stephen Pryor issued a one-out walk in the seventh, but Charlie Furbush came on and recorded the final two outs of that frame.

The Red Sox managed a one-out single off Josh Kinney in the eighth, but he got a second out and then Lucas Luetge came on and finished off Loney with a strikeout.

Podsednik lf 400000.326
Pedroia 2b 300010.290
Ellsbury cf 411000.262
C.Ross rf 403100.279
Loney 1b 401002.306
Saltalmacchia c 100031.227
Lavarnway dh 400001.169
Aviles ss 300011.254
Ciriaco 3b 200001.312
Kalish ph 000000.216
M.Gomez ph 100001.279
De Jesus 3b 100000.000
Totals 3115157
Ackley 2b 401201.232
T.Robinson lf 400003.240
Seager 3b 301011.251
Jaso c 200020.270
J.Montero dh 401001.264
Thames rf 412001.241
Carp 1b 311010.207
Smoak 1b 000000.193
C.Wells cf 401001.225
Ryan ss 300000.195
Totals 3127248
Boston 000001000—150
Seattle 00020000x—270

LOB—Boston 8, Seattle 9. 2B—C.Ross (28). RBIs—C.Ross (73), Ackley 2 (48). SB—Ellsbury (12), Aviles (13), Seager (13). RLISP—Boston 6, Seattle 4. RMU—C.Ross, T.Robinson. GIDP—Lavarnway. DP—Seattle 1.

A.Cook L, 3-9 6722355.17
A.Miller 2/3000123.47
Aceves 11/3000014.65
Millwood W, 5-12 6411334.27
Pryor H, 3 1/3000102.51
Furbush H, 5 2/3000012.27
Kinney H, 5 2/3100003.68
Luetge H, 11 1/3000013.13
Wilhelmsen S, 24-27 1000122.58

IR-S—Aceves 1-0, Furbush 1-0, Luetge 1-0. T—2:47. A—13,037 (47,860).

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