Mariners - 000 000 000 - 0 4 0 Red Sox - 001 210 01x - 5 9 0Josh Beckett (7-4-0-2-9, 93) struck out six of the first nine Seattle batters and finished with a season-high nine strikeouts. Boston (17-19) has now won five consecutive games.
The only thing resembling a Mariners rally came in the fourth when two singles put runners on first and second with one out. Beckett then got a fly to left and a ground ball to second. Ichiro Suzuki was the lone Seattle runner to touch third base (and one of only two to make it to second), but that came with two outs in the sixth, and he was stranded there.
Rich Hill pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Alfredo Aceves tossed a perfect ninth. The Boston pitching staff has allowed only three runs over the last four games.
David Ortiz's eighth home run of the year, cranked to deep right-center in the third, was all the support Beckett & Co. would need. Ortiz also bunted for a single (!) and walked and scored twice. Mike Aviles had two doubles and two RBI; Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a single and a double, and Will Middlebrooks had an RBI single and a stolen base.
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