Rapid Reaction: Mariners 7, Red Sox 3
August, 23, 2014
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The skid continues.
For the second consecutive game, the Red Sox surrendered a three-run lead as the Seattle Mariners posted a 7-3 win to extend Boston's losing streak to seven consecutive games Saturday at Fenway Park.
During the club's current skid, Boston is 4-for-57 with runners in scoring position.
The Red Sox gained an early 3-0 lead, but the fourth inning was a terrible one for Boston starter Brandon Workman. The rookie right-hander allowed seven runs on seven hits, including a three-run homer by Dustin Ackley as Seattle gained a 7-3 lead.
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen struck out Mike Napoli to end the threat and the inning.
From a pitching standpoint, Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson continues to be a bright spot. The right-hander worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a hit batsman. His scoreless streak now extends to 9 1/3 innings. Prior to hitting Robinson Cano in the top of the seventh inning, Wilson retired 23 consecutive batters in his past four appearances. Overall, he's retired 25 of 26 batters in this stretch.
Drilled: Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush drilled hot-hitting Sox DH David Ortiz with a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ball struck him on his left elbow and Ortiz was clearly in some discomfort. In the top of the seventh inning, Wilson returned the favor and drilled Cano in the backside. Plate umpire Angel Hernandez then issued warnings.
Cano took his time making his way to first base.
Oh-fer: Ortiz entered Saturday's game 10-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs, two RBIs and six walks in the previous four games. He went 0-for-2, with a walk and HBP this afternoon. Kelly Johnson pinch hit for Ortiz in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ortiz was removed with a left-elbow contusion.
Stop running: It's no secret Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has a cannon for a throwing arm. He displayed it once again in the top of the second inning on Saturday. Boston held a 1-0 lead with two outs and runners on first and second when the Mariners' Jesus Sucre provided a single to left field. Teammate Kyle Seager attempted to score from second, but Cespedes came up throwing and tossed a strike to catcher David Ross for the easy out at the plate. It was Cespedes' league-leading 14th outfield assist of the season.
Tossed: In the bottom of the eighth inning, first-base umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Ross from the game. The Red Sox catcher thought he had checked his swing and drawn a walk, but as he was headed to first base, Carapazza signaled a swing and Ross was out. He then approached the umpire and Red Sox manager John Farrell needed to subdue Ross. It was his first career ejection.