Red Sox - 000 000 010 1 - 2 7 1 Mariners - 001 000 000 0 - 1 4 0Dustin Pedroia tied the game with a solo home run in the eighth inning and pinch-hitter Ryan Kalish doubled and scored on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly in the tenth, as Boston salvaged a split with the Mariners.
With one out in the top of the tenth, Kalish batted for Brent Lillibridge and doubled high off the wall in right-center. He took third on Pedroia's line drive hit to right, and the Red Sox wisely did not test Ichiro Suzuki's arm. Ortiz look at two balls and then lofted a high fly to right-center that allowed Kalish to score the go-ahead run with ease.
Alfredo Aceves needed only five pitches to retire the top of the Mariners' order in the bottom half for his 19th save. It was Boston's first extra-inning victory of the season, in six opportunities.
Doubront (4.1-3-1-5-4, 103) never looked comfortable and set a season-high with five walks. Nonetheless, his performance was encouraging, as he battled into the fifth inning, allowing only one run. He did with the bases loaded and one out, however, but Matt Albers got Jesus Montero to ground into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch!
Albers issued a two-out walk to Dustin Ackley in the sixth, but he was caught stealing. Scott Atchison was perfect for two innings, not allowing the ball out of the infield. Vicente Padilla allowed a one-out double and a two-out walk in the eighth, but worked out of that spot of trouble.
Boston pitchers allowed only five runs in the four games (39 innings).
Pedroia was 2-for-5 (the dong was his first since May 10) with a stolen base, and Cody Ross had two singles and a walk. ... Will Middlebrooks left the game in the ninth with left hamstring tightness (suffered, possibly, on his steal of second in that inning).
The Red Sox (42-37) are 6.5 GB the Yankees, but only one-half game out of second place. They begin a three-game series in Oakland tomorrow night.
Felix Doubront / Jason Vargas
Mike Aviles is ill, so there is a new lineup.
Aviles, SSLillibridge, CF
Lillibridge, CFPunto, SS
The Mariners are batting .199/.276/.290 at home this season, and averaging 2.8 runs per game. It is inexcusable for the Red Sox to be fighting for a split of a four-game series this afternoon.