Mariners - 001 010 001 - 3 7 1Takashi Saito walked the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, then allowed a one-out bloop single to right by Chris Woodward that gave Seattle their winning edge. Saito threw 38 pitches in the inning.
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Jason Varitek gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the second with his 12th home run of the season. The Red Sox would get only three more hits: Jacoby Ellsbury's single right after Tek's dong, Kevin Youkilis two-out double off the Wall in the fifth, and Varitek's single in the sixth.
In that sixth inning, the Red Sox had runners at first and third with no outs and failed to score. Rocco Baldelli (who had been HBP) was caught off third base on Ellsbury's sharp hit back to the mound. After the 1525 rundown, Jeff Bailey grounded into a 543 double play.
Garrett Olson (4.81, 88 ERA+) / Brad Penny (4.79, 97 ERA+)
The Globe's Adam Kilgore lists Tim Wakefield's Top 10 Red Sox starts, using Bill James's Game Scores.
Down in Pawtucket, Jed Lowrie played for the first time since last Sunday (he had been hit on the left knee by a pitch the previous week). He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the PawSox DH. He hopes to play some shortstop this weekend.
Mike Lowell is feeling much better since his Synvisc injection:
I'm actually relieved they took out the fluid. I wasn't sure if they were going to find anything, and having the fluid in there explained why there was discomfort. I would have maybe questioned things structurally if they didn't find fluid. (The shot) was instant relief. ... This was more of a precautionary DL than a necessary DL.Also at 1: Halladay/Wang