Mariners - 000 000 005 - 5 7 0 Red Sox - 000 003 000 - 3 5 1With a runner on third and one out in the sixth inning, the Mariners instructed Felix Hernandez to intentionally walk the insanely-hot David Ortiz - who was at that moment 10 for his last 12. Yoenis Cespedes then blasted a 2-2 pitch to deep left field for a three-run homer.
All seemed well as Koji Uehara set down the first batter in the ninth. Then everything went to shit. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. Austin Jackson doubled home two runs, Dustin Ackley singled in two more, and Robinson Cano singled in the fifth run of the inning. Koji was lifted - after facing eight batters - in favour of Edward Mujica, who recorded the third out.
It's the first time Uehara has allowed more than three earned runs as a reliever and his first game in a Red Sox uniform allowing more than two runs.
Facing Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the ninth, Will Middlebrooks grounded to second and Brock Holt flied to left. Mookie Betts walked - creating a bit of hope - but Christian Vazquez flied to right.
Joe Kelly (5-1-0-3-5, 88) was pulled after what seemed like shoulder stiffness. ... Xander Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch (changeup/89) and later removed from the game.
The Red Sox are now 44-1 when leading after eight innings.