Mariners 8, Red Sox 2
The Sports Xchange
By Scott Johnson, The Sports Xchange
Mariners 8, Red Sox 2
SEATTLE -- Home runs by Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino helped the red-hot Seattle Mariners win their fifth game in a row Tuesday, as the Mariners rocked Boston Red Sox starter Jake Peavy on the way to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox.
The Mariners had 10 hits while hammering Boston (35-43) for the second night in a row. Over the first two games of the series, Seattle (42-36) has piled up 24 hits and outscored the Red Sox 20-5.
Seager, Seattle's third baseman, went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while leadoff hitter and right fielder Endy Chavez included a run-scoring triple among his three hits.
Peavy (1-6) extended his winless streak to 11 consecutive starts after another rough outing. He allowed eight hits and seven earned runs, the final four of which came on Seager's three-run homer in the fifth and Zunino's solo shot two batters later. Peavy has not earned a win since April 25, and Tuesday marked the fifth time this season that he has allowed five earned runs or more.
Seattle reliever Joe Beimel (2-1) earned the win on a night when starter Erasmo Ramirez could not get through the fifth inning. Ramirez had his scoreless streak of 19 2/3 innings snapped on a two-run homer by Boston right fielder Brock Holt in the fourth inning, but that was the only real damage despite the five hits and five walks issued by Ramirez over 4 1/3 innings of work.
Beimel came on for Ramirez with one out in the fifth inning and the Mariners leading 3-2, allowing one hit but no runs as he was awarded the victory.
Boston had eight hits but left 12 runners on base. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 0-for-4 while stranding nine runners on base.
The Red Sox have lost five of their last six.
The Mariners jumped on Peavy for three quick runs while taking a 3-0 lead through the first two innings, then the home runs by Seager and Zunino, the Seattle catcher, in the fifth inning put Seattle ahead 6-2.
Seager and first baseman Logan Morrison each drove in a run in the first inning, then Chavez tripled in a run in the second. It marked the second triple in as many nights for Chavez.
Holt got the Red Sox on the board with a two-run homer in the fourth. Ramirez had stranded six runners over the first three innings, having issued three walks, before Holt pulled the Red Sox within 3-2 with his second home run of the season.
The game was delayed for almost four minutes in the top of the third inning, thanks to a rare double-instant-replay review. Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley appeared to make a diving catch of a Mike Napoli fly ball near the foul line, and umpires initially ruled that Ackley had caught the ball. Baserunner David Ortiz returned to first base on the call as Ackley rifled the ball to second base. Boston manager John Farrell challenged the call, and the catch was overruled.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon then came out of the dugout to question whether Ortiz had been passed by Napoli on the basepath. Umpires went back and looked at the replay for a second time but stuck with the original overrule -- leaving Napoli on first base and Ortiz on second.
NOTES: Boston announced before the game that RHP Clay Buchholz would start Wednesday's series finale in Seattle. LHP Felix Doubront was originally scheduled to make the start. Buchholz was still on the 15-day disabled list as of Tuesday, having missed 28 games with a hyperextended knee, so a roster move is pending. ... Mariners 1B Justin Smoak (quad) is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Wednesday, and OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) could be activated as soon as Thursday. DH Jesus Montero appears the most likely option for a demotion. ... Thursday marks the Mariners' first home off day since April 24. ... Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson, a top prospect who was the team's first-round pick in 2013, was promoted from high Class A High Desert to Double-A Jackson on Tuesday. ... Both Boston (UT Mookie Betts and LHP Henry Owens) and Seattle (Peterson and OF Gabriel Guerrero) had two players named to the Future Games rosters Tuesday.
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