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Friday, 02 August 2013 21:28

Comeback Kids: Boston Red Sox sweep Mariners with pair of comebacks

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Boston's Stephen Drew watches his game ending single in the 15th inning of Wednesday's game. Photograph: Cj Gunther/EPA

Tuesday: Seattle Mariners, 2                      Boston Red Sox, 8

Loss: Joe Saunders (9-10)                             Win: Brandon Workman (1-1)

After finishing off an emotional series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, the Boston Red Sox looked to get things on the winning track against the Seattle Mariners. Brandon Workman took the bump for the Sox and performed well, giving up six hits and one earned run in correlation with nine strikeouts over nine frames of work, earning a complete game.

Joe Saunders did not fare so well however, giving up nine hits and six runs (five of them earned) with two coming via the longball.

Offensively, Boston was clicking on all cylinders as Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all hit home runs. Ellsbury’s came in the second inning, a solo shot with one out. Pedroia also hit one in the second inning with one man on and one out. Making sure to spread the offense around a bit, Saltalamacchia did not hit his until the eighth inning with one on and one out.

The offense for the Mariners on this night came from designated hitter Kendrys Morales and catcher Henry Blanco who each had an RBI. Despite their valiant efforts, the two runs were not enough to prevent the Red Sox from taking Game One of the series by an 8-2 score.

  Wednesday: Seattle Mariners, 4                            Boston Red Sox, 5

Loss: Lucas Luetge (0-2)                                               Win: Drake Britton (1-0)

The Red Sox entered Tuesday’s game looking to keep the good vibes rolling as John Lackey took the mound for Boston opposite Hisashi Iwakuma. Lackey performed admirably, giving up eight hits and three earned runs while striking out six in seven innings pitched.

Iwakuma performed stellar as well, giving up seven hits and two runs (none of them earned) while walking two and striking out four. However in the end, the game belonged to the bullpens, and went to extra innings as Seattle’s Oliver Perez recorded his first blown save of the season giving up two runs (both earned) in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. This occurred after Junichi Tazawa blew his fifth game of the season in the eighth inning.

From then on, both bullpens performed well as Koji Uehara, Matt Thornton, and Craig Breslow held down the fort for Boston while Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush,  and Danny Farquhar did their part for the Mariners.

Then, as the first minutes of midnight carried on, an unlikely hero literally “stepped up to the plate.” After Lucas Luetge loaded the bases, Stephen Drew brother of former Red Sox J.D. singled to right field sending the Boston fans home happy and ending the five hour, three minute affair.

Now, both teams were faced with a bigger challenge: They had to play the finale of the series 19 hours later.

Thursday: Seattle Mariners, 7    Boston Red Sox, 8

Oliver Perez (2-3)                            Win: Steven Wright (2-0)

If Wednesday provided theatrics, Thursday provided more of the same. Ryan Dempster took the hill for Boston while “King Felix” Hernandez opposed him.  Things started out rocky for Dempster after Brad Miller hit a triple to begin things, Kyle Seager brought him in on a bunt ground ball that found its way to Brock Holt.  It would be the first of 15 total runs for both clubs.

The offensive attack would continue for Seattle and was spearheaded by Henry Blanco, who would have four RBI for the game. Boston kept pace with an offensive attack of its own as “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Shane Victorino led the way with three RBI to his credit.

However, the Mariners looked to be in good shape heading into the ninth inning with a five-run lead, one that was mostly spearheaded by a five-run fifth inning. Then, something “Mother’s Day Miracle”-esque happened. After a Daniel Nava walk and a Ryan Lavarnway single, Brock Holt doubled scoring Nava and moving Larvanway to third. Then after an Ellsbury walk, Shane Victorino singled, scoring Lavarnway. Dustin Pedroia ripped a single to left scoring Ellsbury, and suddenly, this was a whole different ballgame.

Next, it was Jonny Gomes (who has been clutch as of late) singling to center and scoring Victorino while moving Pedroia to second. Then, to cap the ferocious rally off,  Nava played the role of hero scoring Pedroia , ending the game, and  picking up the Red Sox’ 66th win of the season in the process.

Tonight, Boston begins an interleague showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-game set. The first pitch for tonight’s contest is 7:10 PM.