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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Rapid reaction: Red Sox 3, Mariners 2

By Gordon Edes



BOSTON -- Carl Crawford batted .155 in April, the lowest average of any player in the big leagues (among qualifiers).

But on the first of May, the Red Sox left fielder hit a single up the middle to drive home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for the Red Sox in a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Blinded by the light: Ichiro Suzuki lost Jed Lowrie's one-out drive to right in the sun, the ball caroming off the Mariners' right fielder for what was scored a triple.

Wakefield deserved better: Pitching for only the second time since April 18, Tim Wakefield did a terrific job filling in for Clay Buchholz (stomach flu). Wakefield held the Mariners scoreless, throwing 53 strikes out of 76 pitches, before leaving after a two-out single by Ryan Langerhans.

Jenks jilited again: Reliever Bobby Jenks had another terrible outing in relief of Wakefield, giving up a single and walking three straight batters to force home two runs that tied the score in the sixth.

RIP, RISP: The Sox, after going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Saturday's 2-0 loss, went 2-for-10 after Crawford's hit scored Lowrie from third.