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Red Sox Sail Past Mariners

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on May 15, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

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BOSTON (AP) _ Josh Beckett redeemed himself less than a week
after being booed off the mound, striking out a season-high nine as
the Boston Red Sox shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Tuesday and
extended their winning streak to five.

Beckett (3-4) scattered four hits over seven innings before
being pulled as a steady rain started to fall late in the
afternoon.

Beckett was celebrating his 32nd birthday and could not have
atoned better for his previous start, when he was pulled after
allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings. Boston fans already were
seething that day over news Beckett had played golf the week before
after being scratched from a start because of back stiffness.

David Ortiz hit his eighth homer and scored a run after putting
down a surprise bunt to lead off the fifth inning. Mike Aviles hit
a pair of doubles and drove in two runs as Boston completed a 5-1
homestand.

The Mariners fell to 1-4 on a 10-game road trip and were shut
out for the fifth time this season. Blake Beavan (1-4) went four
innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
Ichiro Suzuki was the only Seattle player with more than one
hit, singling twice.

Beckett didn’t give the fans a much of a chance to boo him in
this outing. He started the game by striking out Dustin Ackley,
picked up two more strikeouts in the second and then struck out the
side in the third with the game still scoreless.

Ortiz changed that quickly with a solo shot into the Red Sox
bullpen on a 3-2 pitch in the third.

Boston added two more runs in the fourth when Cody Ross walked
with one out, Daniel Nava singled and Aviles hit an RBI double.
Nava scored on Ryan Sweeney’s groundout.

Ortiz caught the Mariners _ and everybody else at Fenway Park _
off-guard when he laid a bunt down the third-base line for a
leadoff single in the fifth. Seattle’s infield was shifted toward
the right and nobody had a chance to field the ball in time.
Ortiz advanced to second when Adrian Gonzalez hit a grounder and
shortstop Munenori Kawasaki pulled his foot off second base before
throwing out Gonzalez at first. Ortiz took third on Charlie
Furbush’s wild pitch to Will Middlebrooks, who followed with a line
drive single.

NOTES: Retired knuckleballer Tim Wakefield threw out the
ceremonial first pitch after the Red Sox honored him with a pregame
ceremony for his 17 seasons in Boston. Wakefield’s No. 49 was also
cut into the grass in center field. … Justin Smoak hit a high
shot to the right-field corner that was reviewed after 1B umpire
Eric Cooper called it a foul ball. Seattle manager Eric Wedge came
out to question it and the umpire crew went inside to review. After
a few minutes, it was still a foul ball. … Beckett’s previous
this season eight strikeouts on April 29 against the White Sox. …
Seattle continues its long road trip Wednesday, opening a two-game
series in Cleveland followed by three games at Colorado in
interleague play.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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