May 14, 2012

G35: Red Sox 6, Mariners 1

Mariners  - 000 000 001 - 1  8  0
Red Sox   - 200 300 01x - 6  9  0
Lester (9-8-1-0-6, 119) went the distance as the Red Sox won their fourth consecutive game. It was Lester's first nine-inning complete game since June 27, 2010, against the Giants. (He threw an eight-inning CG this year, on April 11.)

After Dustin Pedroia drew a one-out walk in the first, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez hit RBI doubles to left field.

Daniel Nava hit a two-run homer in the fourth and, one out later, Kelly Shoppach crushed a solo shot over the Monster Seats. Marlon Byrd added a bases-loaded sac fly in the eighth.

Cody Ross singled and doubled in four trips. In addition to his home run, Nava walked twice.

Lester retired the first 11 Seattle batters and did not allow a runner to second base until the sixth. He faltered a bit in the seventh, allowing three singles, but was aided by a double play. In the ninth, he allowed a single, a double, and an RBI groundout, but Boston's lead was enough to not cause a bit of worry.

Pedroia went 0-for-3, and his 14-game hitting streak came to an end.

Runs allowed by the Red Sox pitching staff in their last three games: 1, 1, 1.
Jason Vargas / Jon Lester
Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Gonzalez, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Ross, RF
Nava, LF
Byrd, CF
Shoppach, C
With their 12-1 win yesterday, the Red Sox scored 10+ runs for the ninth time this year. They are the second team in the last 81 years to score 10+ runs in nine of their first 34 games; the 1997 Rockies were the first. ... Boston is averaging 5.53 runs per game, but its median runs per game is only 4.0.

Seattle (16-20, 7.5 GB in the West) drops by Fenway Park for a quick two-game series. The Mariners are dead last in the American League with a .291 on-base percentage and second-to-last with a .235 team batting average.


FenFan said...

Prepare for a two evenings of soggy baseball. Forecast is 60% chance of rain the next two nights. This is Seattle's only visit to Fenway Park this season.

Jere said...

I don't think it'll be too soggy. Tonight there's a window of no rain from basically now till 10. Tomorrow the game's at 4 so there's extra time to get the game in, and it'll just be light showers.

9casey said...

Four wins in a row would be fresh!

SoSock said...

Fast game!