The Red Sox fell right back into the habit of losing Wednesday night, falling to the Seattle Mariners 4-1.
After the offensive "outburst" that was Tuesday's four-run performance, the Sox got right back to producing nothing up against Kevin Millwood. While baserunners were not infrequent, clutch hits were all but inexistent.
Ryan Lavarnway would set the trend in the second. With two men on and one out, Lavarnway grounded into an inning-ending double play, wasting the opportunity. In the fourth, the Sox would actually manage to load the bases, but again it was Lavarnway unable to bring anything in, stranding all three men with another ground ball.
Meanwhile, Aaron Cook had been living dangerously in his own right. Loud contact marked the first inning, though it was broken up by just the one hit. He would survive two more baserunners in the second, and another two in the third before the Mariners finally broke through in the fourth. Loading the bases with no outs, Dustin Ackley came to the plate for the Mariners with the big opportunity, and singled on a ground ball up-the-middle to put Seattle up 2-0.
The Red Sox would get on the board in the sixth, as Cody Ross doubled home Dustin Pedroia with a fly ball that landed just fair in the right field corner. From there, however, it was right back to ineptitude, with the Sox stranding a baserunner a piece as they went scoreless in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to give the Mariners the series win.
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