SEATTLE (AP) _ Jason Vargas pitched seven solid innings and the
Seattle Mariners sent Boston to its season-worst seventh straight
loss, beating the sloppy Red Sox 4-1 Monday.
The Red Sox botched two key plays and fell to 0-7 on their road
trip. They’ve been outscored 58-16 in that span.
Vargas (14-9) allowed one run and six hits, walked no one and
struck out five. He is the first Mariners pitcher other than Felix
Hernandez to win at least 14 games since 2003.
Vargas, who leads the staff in wins, was coming off two sub-par
outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs and 15 hits in 8 2-3
Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 26
The Mariners have won 10 of their last 12 games at Safeco Field.
Clay Buchholz (11-5) took the loss. He went seven innings,
giving up three earned runs, six hits while walking one and
striking out eight.
Buchholz and the wobbly Boston defense conspired to undo the Red
Sox in the Mariners’ four-run fourth inning.
Buchholz got in trouble after Franklin Gutierrez beat out an
infield single. He then walked Kyle Seager and, on back-to-back
pitches, gave up RBI single by John Jaso and Justin Smoak to right
that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead.
The Red Sox fell apart after that.
Eric Thames lifted a shallow fly ball to center fielder Jacoby
Ellsbury and Jaso tagged up, broke for home and then stopped.
Ellsbury’s throw, however, bounced away from catcher Ryan
Lavarnway, and Jaso restarted and scored.
Miguel Olivo singled and Carlos Peguero hit what looked like a
double-play grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias. The ball slipped
in Iglesias’ hand, missing the force at second, and he threw too
late to first for an error that let Smoak score.
The Red Sox scored a two-out run in the first. Dustin Pedroia
had a ground-rule double for the 1,000th hit in his sixth full
season and Cody Ross singled.
NOTES: Notes: Pedroia has matched his season high with a 14-game
hitting streak. He has had three hitting streaks this season of 13
games or more. … Boston DH David Ortiz has played one game since
July 18 because of his two stints on the disabled list for a
strained Achilles, but general manager Ben Cherington expects the
slugger back before the end of the season. “That’s our hope,” he
said. … OF Michael Saunders has missed eight on the past nine
Mariners’ games with a strained right hamstring. Manager Eric Wedge
said he is close to returning.
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