The Sox offense smacked five long balls and the bullpen tossed 6 2/3 innings of one run ball to beat the Mariners and end a three-game losing streak.
Boston’s number four prospect, Allen Webster, got shellacked in his sixth MLB start. Webster allowed seven of the first 11 men he faced to reach base and didn’t even make it through the third, firing only 2 1/3 innings, the second shortest outing of his young career. Kendrys Morales started the party in the first, launching a two run shot in the first that also scored Nick Franklin.
After David Ortiz homered in the second to cut the Mariners’ lead to one, Seattle’s rookie shortstop, Brad Miller hit a bases clearing double to put the M’s up 5-1. Boston quickly followed suit as Shane VIctorino singled to lead off the third setting up Dustin Pedroia to hit Boston’s second homerun of the night. Mike Napoli had his own two run shot in the third after Big Papi reached base. Jose Iglesias kept it going in the third, reaching on a wild pitch, which gave Brock Holt the opportunity to bring home Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a Sac Fly to put the Sox up 6-5.
Allen Webster’s night was over after he allowed a second home run to Morales and a loud out to Justin Smoak. Short on pitchers due to an ailing outfield, Boston called on Alfredo Aceves to get them through the night. Aceves however was only able to last through the third due to pain somewhere in his body. Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr, just up from Pawtucket, gave the Sox the 8-7 lead in the fifth.
Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara combined to close the door on the Mariners, with Koji earning his sixth save. The Sox tacked on three more runs in the eighth to call it a night.
In a game where a total of 19 runs were scored, one man stood out from the rest. Designated hitter David Ortiz had four hits which gave him 1,688 in his career, enough to tie Harold Baines for most by a DH alltime.