Wherein the Red Sox need to start paying us.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, End 8th -- Mike Carp gets Vicente Padilla through a scoreless eighth by grounding into a double play. The Sox have just one inning to go to finally pick up a win.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, Mid 8th -- The Red Sox go down 1-2-3 against the Seattle bullpen. They might just have to hold onto that lead they've got.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, End 7th -- A pair of bloops let the Mariners threaten against Craig Breslow, but Junichi Tazawa comes in to nail down the inning and send the Red Sox to the eighth with their fragile lead intact.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, Mid 7th -- Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury threaten again, but this time it comes with two outs. This time Cody Ross cannot come through, however, striking out on a 100 MPH fastball from Carter Capps to end the inning.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, End 6th -- Lester doesn't exactly provide a shut down sixth, giving up some decent contact, but it results in three straight outs all the same, leaving the Sox ahead when they needed it most.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3, Mid 6th -- And the Red Sox are...winning? The meat of the lineup comes through with flying color, with Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury starting the inning with hard hits to put two men on for Cody Ross. Beavan delivers a curveball that stays just high enough, and Cody Ross reaches out, makes good contact, and starts into his home run trot. Two outs later, and Ryan Lavarnway gets a fastball over the zone and finally gets his power swing working, leaving the park to left field to actually put Boston ahead.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- A single and a walk leave Lester facing a legitimate threat in the fifth, but it ends when he gets back-to-back strikeouts against Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo for outs numbers two and three.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- Not only does Jose Iglesias pick up his first hit of the season after an unbearable 0-for run, but he makes it a double to boot. It only gives the Sox the one chance with a RISP, as Scott Podsednik quickly records the third out of the inning on a pop-up.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia leans into the camera well to make a good grab for out number three on a foul ball. It's an inning that could have been worse with a pair of singles, but Trayvon Robinson got himself caught stealing to mitigate the danger.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- James Loney continues to produce in this game, but he's the only one. A two-out single is wasted as the Red Sox stay on zero runs for another inning.
Mariners 3, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Yes, this game is the same as all the rest, it seems. The first and third pitches are bad fastballs to Franklin Guttierez and Kyle Seager respectively. The result: back-to-back solo shots. There is no surviving this team.
Mariners 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- The Red Sox turn the lineup turns over with a pop-up and two ground balls. Exciting!
Mariners 1, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Lester manages to work around a 1-out walk to Casper Wells by striking out Brendan Ryan and getting Ackley, the man who led off the first with a hit, to fly out to left to end the frame.
Mariners 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- This time the Sox get a leadoff double rather than a single, courtesy of James Loney. It's a difficult position not to score from, but of course they manage. Despite Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ground ball moving Loney along, Ryan Lavarnway hits it to short, where Brendan Ryan can check Lavarnway back to third before recording the second out. Pedro Ciriaco follows up with a fly ball, and the inning is over.
Mariners 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- And, of course, the Mariners off to an early lead. Jose Iglesias can't make the play on a leadoff ground ball in his direction--it's ruled an infield single--and while Lester manages to pick up a strike out and ground ball, he can't keep the next two batters in Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak from producing singles that are more than enough to bring Ackley in to score. More first-inning troubles for a team that just can't seem to catch even the slightest of breaks.
Red Sox 0, Mariners 0, Mid 1st -- A leadoff single from Scott Podsednik provides only false hope for Red Sox fans. While Podsednik is able to steal second base, it only comes after a Dustin Pedroia pop-up and Jacoby Ellsbury fly ball that both go for outs, leaving Cody Ross' ground ball an inning-ender.