Red Sox 12, Mariners 8: Pair Of Five-Run Innings Help Sox Sweep Mariners

The Red Sox swept the Mariners out of Fenway park, scoring seven runs off of Michael Pineda and twelve overall and providing Tim Wakefield with win no. 199 in the process.

After Wakefield gave up two runs in the first inning on a Miguel Olivo homer, the Red Sox went to work in the bottom of the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury lead things off with a double that skipped fair over the first base bag, and then scored on the first of Adrian Gonzalez' three hits on the day. Three pitches later, and Kevin Youkilis gave the Sox the lead with a two-run shot of his own.

The empty bases didn't end up helping Pineda recover any. David Ortiz and Carl Crawford hit a couple of balls off the wall, and Jarrod Satlamacchia drove them both in to make it a 5-2 lead for Boston.

From there, things quieted down until the fifth, when the Mariners brought in another run to pull within two. The Sox, not ones for a proportional response, returned fire with five more runs in the bottom of the inning. Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz each reached base to start the inning; Ortiz made it to first with an infield single when nobody covered third on his weak chopper. With Michael Pineda pulled from the game before Ortiz' at bat, Carl Crawford came up against left Aaron Laffet and smacked a sharp ground ball down the third base line and into left for a two-RBI single. Josh Reddick put a stop to his slump by going opposite field and off the wall for an RBI double, and then both corner outfielders scored when Jarrod Saltalamacchia again capped the five-run frame with an RBI double to right. 

The top of the sixth saw Wakefield record strikeout number 2,000 with the Red Sox, and Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the inning with a double to extend his hit streak to 21 games. He would score on Gonzalez' third single to put the Sox up 11-3.

The lead was cut in half by the Mariners as Wakefield fell apart in a hurry in the seventh, giving up a grand slam to Brendan Ryan. But Alfredo Aceves was his usual solid self, and the two teams traded just one more run a piece, leaving the Red Sox 12-8 winners, and the Mariners the owners of a new franchise record for futility with 15 straight losses.

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