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Red Sox rally to beat Mariners, 9-6

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 14, 2010 10:05 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 9, Mariners 6

That's it from Seattle as the Sox win their third straight and move within 6.5 game of the wild card with 17 games left. Oh, baby.

Ichiro singled, stole second and scored on a single by Figgins before Papelbon took care of business. Ichiro was 3 for 4 with a walk and four runs scored and Figgins was 4 for 4 with a sacrifice. They had all but five of Seattle's hits and scored five of the six runs.

The Sox did well to come back from the Dice-K induced deficit. Big Papi was the hero and now Buchholz will be on the hill tomorrow to try and get a sweep.

Thanks to everybody for reading tonight. Much appeciated.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Mariners 5

Varitek walked and was replaced by Eric Patterson, who stole second. Nava grounded to first, moving the runner over. Ryan Kalish grounded to first and Patterson scored. kalish now has 21 RBIs.

Kalish stole second, went to third on Scutaro's groundout and scored on a single by Reddick. Navarro struck out to end the inning.

Out of the bullpen: Papelbon not in a save situation.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 5

Lopez singled to start the inning. But Saunders flied to center befpre Bard struck out Moore and pinch hitter Ryan Langerhands.

Papelbon warming up. Seattle was the scene for one of his epic blown saves this season. We'll see if he can nail it down.

Be kind of cool if Rich Hill gets the win, huh?

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 5

Lowrie flied to left. Now Bard is pitching. Lowrie is at first and Navarro is playing shortstop. Why not put Anderson at first? Anyway, Sox have the lead and have six outs to get.

Rich Hill in line for the win in his first appearance for the Sox. His last win was June 19, 2009 for Baltimore.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Mariners 5

Brandon League reliever French and got Scutaro to ground to third before striking out pinch runner Josh Reddick. VMart blooped a single into left. Yamaico Navarro ran for Martinez and went to second when Beltre (3 for 4) lined a single to left.

Beltre is hitting .328.

Ortiz them hammered a 1-0 pitch deep to right center for his 30th home run. He has 91 RBIs. What a stunning turn of events with two outs and nobody on.

Big Papi now has six seasons with 30+ home runs as a member of the Red Sox. Only Ted Williams (eight) has more.

Top of the 8th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 4

They're flipping over cars and looting in Milton as Rich Hill gets Kotchman to ground to second to end the inning.

Bottom of the 7th: Mariners 5, Red Sox 4

Well, I was close. Figgins bunted. Branyan then struck out. Michael Bowden came in to face Gutierrez and allowed a double to deep center.

Now Rich Hill in for his Red Sox debut.

Matsuzaka's last 6 starts: 36.2 innings, 41 hits, 17 walks, 29 earned runs. That's a 7.12 ERA.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 4

Amazingly, Ichiro singled. Now comes Hideki Okajima to face Figgins.

Prediction: stolen base, bunt, some manner of RBI by Branyan.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 4

French has now retired 12 straight since Lowrie's second homer gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead. Dice-K back out for the bottom of the inning to face the top f the order. The first four hitters are 6 of 9 against him with two walks.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 4

Shows what I know, Die-K retired the side in order.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 4

The Red Sox go in order and suddenly Luke French has retired nine in a row. Meanwhile, Francona has 11 relievers available to him and Matsuzaka is back out for the bottom of the inning. Literally, 11.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 4

The Red Sox are lucky not to be trailing.

Dice-K hit the No. 9 hitter, Josh Wilson, with his first pitch of the inning. Ichiro then croaked an RBI double to center. Figgins (3 for 3) reached on a bunt single that drove Ichiro to third. Branyan followed with a sac fly to deep right.

Figgins tried to steal second and was called out by Dana DeMuth. Replays showed he was safe. It proved to be a big call as Gutierrez followed with a double to the gap in right.

Dice-K, seemingly determined to give away the lead, walked Kotchman. But Lopez grounded to second.

Five innings against the Mariners and Matsuzaka has put 12 runners on base. This makes six straight outings where Matsuzaka has allowed four or more runs.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 2

The Red Sox went in order as Scutaro and McDonald flied out and Martinez popped to first.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 2

Saunders singled with one out. Dice-K then threw away a pickoff throw for the 21st error by a Red Sox pitcher this season. But Moore grounded out to end the inning.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Mariners 2

Jed Lowrie, ladies and gentlemen. The pride of Salem, Ore., has homered again. That's six on the season and the first multi home run game of his career. He has 31 hits since coming off the DL, 16 of them for extra bases.

You have to think Lowrie is playing himsef into a job off the bench next season. He would be a good replacement for Bill Hall.

The next three hitters — Varitek, Hall and Kalish — flied to center.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Mariners 2

Man, is Dice-K tedious to watch. After the Red Sox scored, he walked Ichiro. Suzuki then stole second and went to third on a bloop single by Figgins. Branyan grounded to second to drive in Ichiro.

Figgins was then thrown out stealing third before Gutierrez flied to center.

Seattle is the worst team in the league and has the worst offense and in three innings they have two runs on three hits and three walks. It's inexcusable to put six Mariners on base in three innings

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Mariners 1

Scutaro walked and took second on a wild pitch. Martinez hit a hard grounder to third with two outs that Lopez deflected into left field. Scutaro scored on the play. Beltre (now hitting .328) singled but Ortiz grounded to first.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

Just to be consistent, Dice-K walked Saunders with one out. But after Saunders stole second (M's are 2 for 2 against Varitek), Matsuzaka struck out Moore and Wilson.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

Adrian Beltre (who has a six-game hit streak, 9 of 20) led off with a double. Ortiz followed with a single to left. Tim Bogar, who hasn't had a good year coaching third, sent Beltre and he was thrown out by Saunders, who leads the Mariners with seven OF assists this season.

The mistake was made worse when Lowrie homered. Of course there are no predetermined outcomes. But still.

Lowrie has 30 hits since he came back, half of them for Extra Bases. He's playing himself into a job for next year.

Top of the 2nd: Mariners 1, Red Sox 0

Stunning, I know. But Dice-K gave up a run.

Figgins walked and stole second with one out. Branyan then walked before Gutierrez dropped an RBI single into right. Kotchman then grounded back to the mound and Matsuzaka started a 1-6-3 double play with a good throw to the base.

Dice-K was ahead of Gutierrez 0-2 and hung a breaking pitch.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0

The Sox went in order and pretty weakly. Scutaro fouled out to the catcher, McDonald lined to right and Martinez fouled out to the catcher.

VMart is 3 for 18 on the road trip.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Mariners 0

We're about to get underway here at Safeco Field. Beautiful night in Seattle with a hint of fall chill in the air. It'll be Daisuke Matsuzaka against Luke French.

Is there anybody alive out there? Let's hear from you in the comments section.

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