The Red Sox took their first extra-innings win of the season thanks to a big day from Dustin Pedroia, a Ryan Kalish double, and a David Ortiz sacrifice fly, downing the Mariners 2-1 in ten frames.
While the Red Sox were once again held down for an extended period of time, the Mariners didn't wait too long to score against them. Felix Doubront was no better against a weak Mariners lineup than he had been in the past month. Battling wildness and a specific inability to hit the inside part of the plate against lefties, Doubront would manage to keep the Mariners from putting up big numbers with some significant defensive help, but failed to provide much in the way of innings, as his pitch count ballooned under the strain of numerous long at bats and five walks. Exiting in the fifth with the bases loaded and one run having scored back in the third, Doubront was only saved from an ugly line by a timely double play induced by Matt Albers.
Jason Vargas suffered from none of the pitch count problems while benefiting from all of the defensive advantages Doubront did. Three times Kyle Seager snared line drives to third, once with the bases loaded, while the outfield ran down everything hit in its direction. The Red Sox offense was hitting him well enough, it just wasn't showing up in the box score.
Things would finally change for the Red Sox in the eighth inning, and it took just one pitch. A fastball over the plate to Dustin Pedroia was sent on its way out of the park to left, tying the game up at 1-1.
The Mariners would end up putting two runners on in the ninth against Vicente Padilla before Brendan Ryan flew out to right on the first pitch he saw to send the game into extras. That's when the Sox struck again. A shaky Brandon League left a fastball up to Ryan Kalish, who planted it off the top of the wall in right field for a one-out double. Dustin Pedroia moved him to third with a single into right field, and while David Ortiz missed homer no. 400 against Lucas Luetge, his fly ball to the track was plenty deep enough to bring Kalish in from third. Alfredo Aceves finished it off with a 1-2-3 save, sending the Sox to Oakland with a win.
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|WP: Vicente Padilla (2 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (19)
LP: Brandon League (0 - 5)