Xander Bogaerts‘ go-ahead solo-homer propels Red Sox to close 2-1 win over Mariners
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game set. With the victory, the Red Sox advance to 48-22 on the season and the Mariners drop to 44-25 with the loss. David Price took the hill for Boston and Felix Hernandez did so for Seattle. The game was played at Safeco field in Seattle.
The Mariners were coming off a torrid 8-2 stretch over their last ten games, including four straight victories. It took an equally hot pitcher in Price, who has pitched to the tune of a 2.64 ERA in his past 7 starts , to cool them down. Price compiled 7 innings of 1-earned run ball with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks. Against a blazing M’s lineup, this may very well have been the southpaw’s most dominant start of the 2018 season.
The offense, while suppressed for most of the night by a gritty Felix Hernandez, scored their first run of the game off a Jackie Bradley Jr. line-drive RBI-double to right field. It snapped the center fielder’s 0-17 skid. He also drew a walk later in the game.
The second and go-ahead run of the night came courtesy of a Xander Bogaerts solo-shot to deep center field in the top of the 6th. The King (Hernandez) left a fastball down the heart of the plate and the X-Man capitalized with his 10th homer of the season.
Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless 8th inning followed by the same for Craig Kimbrel in the 9th to clinch the win and attain the save for Boston. The last frame did not go smoothly for the Sox closer, though. He walked the first two batters in Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz, showcasing erratic command with the fastball. He buckled down against Kyle Seager in the next at-bat, however, using filthy fastballs up and in to get him to strikeout. After that, Ryon Healy hit a sharp grounder to Bogaerts for the game-ending double play.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Seattle Mariners at 10:10 p.m. eastern time on Friday. In what should be one of the better pitching matchups of the season, Rick Porcello gets the ball for Boston and James Paxton gets it for the Mariners.