Red Sox - 000 004 000 - 4 10 1 Mariners - 102 000 000 - 3 12 0The Red Sox will not finish their road trip 0-9. Boston snapped a seven-game losing streak with a late-night victory in Seattle.
Cody Ross hit a three-run homer and Ryan Lavarnway followed with a solo shot. Lester (6-9-3-2-4, 111) never got into a good rhythm, but held on for the win.
The Mariners threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Eric Thames tripled with two outs. But Andrew Bailey retired Kyle Seager on a fly to right to preserve the win.
Dustin Pedroia and James Loney each had two hits. Pedroia has a 14-game hitting streak.
Podsednik, LFThe Red Sox will try to snap a season-high, seven-game losing streak. Before yesterday's loss, Ben Cherington said:
It's hard to watch. ... We knew when we made the trade [with the Dodgers] that we weren't helping our team win games the rest of this year. ... It's hard for everyone to get the work done, what needs to get done, but the only choice we have is to do it - to show up the next day and make sure the work gets gone.Ah, the joys of playing out the string.
Peter Abraham posted a bunch of random notes, including the fact that Jose Iglesias (0-for-16) has hit the ball out of the infield only twice in 18 plate appearances.
says that the Red Sox should fire Bobby Valentine and re-hire Terry Francona. It sounds great, but what makes Rosenthal think - even for a nano-second - that Tito would want to come back? Rosenthal says the change won't happen because Boston's owners are "stubborn".
Jeff Passan, Yahoo!:
Red Sox players do not trust owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino. They see the owners' box as a den of lies, leaks and resentment, the place where Lucchino hatched the idea to hire Bobby Valentine as manager, which has gone about as pleasantly as an enema. ...Kirk Minihane, WEEI:
From the start, Bobby Valentine had no chance. This should've been obvious. Francona left beloved to the players, a scapegoat for a wretched September. Lucchino wanted Valentine to change the culture – to be different, like different meant right. He was different, yes, supposedly an authoritarian, certainly a meddler, master manipulator and provocateur. Throw that into a clubhouse of territorial alpha dogs, Francona loyalists and those wounded by last September, and it's a Molotov cocktail of a hire.
I'll be honest, I have no idea why Valentine is still managing this team. There is literally nothing to gain, no benefit for Valentine or any player on the roster. ...
[W]hat has Valentine done to earn another season? Players have underperformed under his watch, the lack of communication is almost historic, and there is a very real chance that he is going to lose 90 games this season. ...
The justification for keeping Valentine in his job eludes me. I suspect it's only an attempt by ownership to appear not to be giving in to players, which is of course a titanically stupid line of thought. ... It's a moronic reason, but I suppose it passes for a reason.