SEATTLE (AP) _ David Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th
inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 for a
split of the four-game series.
Ryan Kalish, pinch-hitting for Brent Lillibridge, hit a one-out
double off the right-center field wall against Seattle reliever
Brandon League (0-5) in the 10th. Dustin Pedroia followed with a
single to right, putting runners at the corners.
Ortiz, announced earlier in the day as the AL’s designated
hitter in the All-Star game, hit a 2-0 pitch to deep right field
for the go-ahead run.
Vicente Padilla (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Alfredo Aceves
recorded his 19th save.
Pedroia tied it in the eighth with his sixth home run of the
season. He connected off Jason Vargas, who allowed five hits in
Vargas has given up 22 homers this year, matching a career high
_ it took him 201 innings last year, 117 this season. When the ball
went over the fence, Vargas put both hands on top of his head and
Pedroia pumped a fist as he rounded first.
The day after the Seattle bullpen was forced to throw 8 1-3
innings because of an elbow injury to starter Erasmo Ramirez,
Vargas gave the Mariners relievers some rest.
Boston starter Felix Doubront lasted just 4 1-3 innings and
issued a career-high five walks. He struck out four, allowed three
hits and repeatedly wiggled free to allow just a run.
Padilla worked around a one-out double from Justin Smoak in the
bottom of the ninth. Dustin Ackley popped out and Brendan Ryan
Ichiro Suzuki’s sacrifice fly drove in Chone Figgins, who had
singled to lead off the third inning then stole second. Brendan
Ryan’s single up the middle pushed Figgins to third with none out.
Despite the brisk start to the inning, Seattle scored just once.
Casper Wells struck out, Kyle Seager walked and Jesus Montero flied
Doubront was replaced by Matt Albers after hitting Seager to
load the bases in the fifth. Jesus Montero bounced into a double
play on the first pitch from Albers.
NOTES: The Mariners put Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with
a right elbow flexor strain. Reliever Josh Kinney was called up
from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him. To make space on the 40-man
roster, the Mariners designated oft-injured catcher Adam Moore for
assignment. …. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez and Ortiz are the
only All-Star representatives from their teams.
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