Denard Span’s clutch double lifts Mariners to 7-6 victory over Red Sox
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The Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Friday night. With the victory, Seattle propels to 45-25 on the season and Boston falls to 48-23 with the loss. Rick Porcello was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox and James Paxton was the same for the Mariners. The game was played at Safeco Field in Seattle.
For most of the game, Boston appeared to be in control, with a win appearing imminent. Seattle had other ideas, however, and stunned Boston with an impressive, Mariners-esque comeback. Denard Span’s two-run double off Matt Barnes was the icing on the cake, putting the Mariners in the lead. At one point, they trailed 6-3 but took advantage of the Sox’ bullpen, scoring three runs off Hembree and Barnes in two combined innings.
In what was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel, the game did not live up to the billing, as both teams put runs on the board early. In fact, the Mariners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings, which kicked off with a solo-shot courtesy of Jean Segura‘s bat in the first. The deficit appeared daunting for the Sox, going up against Paxton, one of the game’s best pitchers. They rose to challenge, though, in a big way, putting six runs together in the top of the 3rd.
While the turning-point was a gorgeous three-run, opposite-field homer from Xander Bogaerts, Boston benefited tremendously from a myriad of defensive blunders. It started with a Segura throwing error, which allowed Mookie Betts to reach and Jackie Bradley Jr. to advance to second. With no outs in the inning, Brock Holt served a single to collect the team’s first run. After that, J.D. Martinez roped a flyball to right field to Mitch Haniger, who misplayed it with a languid effort. To put the cherry on top, Mitch Moreland‘s two-run, broken-bat error bounced inexplicably past third basemen Kyle Seager. As mentioned, Bogey (his 11th of the season) hit the go-ahead shot and Boston led 6-3.
Paxton was removed from the game after completing just 2 and 1/3 innings, allowing 5 earned runs to score. Meanwhile, Porcello was tagged for four earned runs in 6 innings, but accompanied that with a sterling 9 strikeouts and just 1 free pass.
Unlike the Red Sox bullpen, the Mariners’ bullpen was superb, picking Paxton up from his shaky outing. They did not allow a run for the remaining 5 and 2/3 innings, 4 of which were masterfully crafted by Rob Whalen. He did not allow a run or a hit in that span (get it?).
Mike Zunino hit a big homerun, which was his second RBI on the night, to right field in the bottom of the 7th to make it a 6-5 game. As previously stated, Span lifted the Mariners to the win, with his clutch two-RBI double to right in the next inning.
Edwin Diaz, despite allowing two runners to reach base, picked up the save for the M’s. It was the 22nd one-run victory on the season for the Mariners. This is insane.
The Boston Red Sox will take on Seattle Mariners at 8:15 p.m. eastern on Saturday. Steven Wright, who has yet to allow a run as a starter (in two starts), will take the hill for Boston and Wade LeBlanc will do the same for Seattle. It will be the third game of a four-game set.