Bret Boone hit a grand slam in the 11th inning, lifting the
Seattle Mariners to an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox on Monday
night. Last season, his brother, Aaron Boone, homered in the 11th
inning against Boston in Game 7 of the AL championship series to
put the Yankees in the World Series.
"It's the worst game we've played all year," the Red Sox's
Johnny Damon said.
The Red Sox remained seven games behind the Yankees, 9-7 losers
in Tampa Bay, in the AL East.
"This is a bad feeling," Damon said. "We shouldn't have been
in this situation. We were just awful. There isn't much more you
can say about it. Every game is important for us. We had a chance
to pick up a game on the Yankees today and let it slip through our
Boone hit his fifth career grand slam on an 0-1 count from
Curtis Leskanic (1-5), the fifth Boston pitcher, a 392-foot shot
into the Seattle bullpen in left field. The Mariners loaded the
bases on a single by Olivo and walks to Dave Hansen and Randy Winn.
Winn's walk was intentional.
Boone, hitting a paltry .233 at gametime, was 2-for-6 with six
RBI. His grand slam was the Mariners' first of the season.
The last-place Mariners won their second straight game, but are
21 games under .500 and are 17½ games out of first place in the AL
West. They've divested themselves of veterans John Olerud and Rich
Aurilia this month.
Boone didn't fault the Red Sox for walking Winn intentionally to
try to get him to hit into a double play.
"With the struggles I've had this season, you can't blame
them," he said. "It was a great win."
Mike Myers (4-1), the fifth Seattle pitcher, got the final out
of the 11th.
The Red Sox were 44-0 in games in which they led after the
The Mariners sent the game into extra innings in the ninth when
Olivo and Edgar Martinez homered off closer Keith Foulke with one
out in the ninth. Foulke blew his fifth save in 19 opportunities
and his fourth save in his last six chances since June 12.
Olivo's homer to left was his first in five games with the
Mariners since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox
for Freddy Garcia June 27. The pinch-hitting Martinez homered 395
feet to center.
Jason Varitek went 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a
tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth that put the Red Sox
Bronson Arroyo gave up one run and struck out a season-high 12
in eight innings for Boston.
Ron Villone pitched six strong innings, but the Red Sox came
back against the Mariners' bullpen.
After left-hander George Sherrill struck out Bill Mueller to
open the eighth, the Mariners brought in right-hander J.J. Putz.
The reliever gave up a single to David Ortiz and walked Manny
Ramirez on a full count before Varitek homered on the first pitch
422 feet to center to put the Red Sox ahead.
An alert Curt Schilling on the Red Sox bench got Ramirez a walk
to lead off the fourth, and the outfielder wound up scoring the
game's first run.
With the count on the scoreboard 3-2, Schilling yelled from the
dugout that Ramirez had four balls instead of three, and manager
Terry Francona went onto the field to talk to plate umpire C.B.
Bucknor and the three umpires talked it over and crew chief
Chuck Meriwether called the press box, which verified that
Schilling's observation was correct.
Nomar Garciaparra then singled, moving Ramirez to third, and
Varitek followed with a run-scoring single.
The Mariners tied it at 1 in the sixth on Boone's RBI double,
ending Arroyo's 17-inning scoreless streak.
Seattle scored an unearned run in the eighth to cut the score to
4-2. Ichiro Suzuki singled off Alan Embree and went to third on
third baseman Mueller's throwing error on Winn's grounder. An RBI
fielder's choice by Boone scored Suzuki.
Boston 2B Pokey Reese came out in the bottom of the third
after batting in the top of the inning with a strained rib cage.
... Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Arroyo is
1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts in July. ... Varitek has six
home runs and 26 RBI against the Mariners, who traded him to
Boston in 1997. ... Martinez had his third career pinch-hit homer
and his first since July 29, 1999, against Kansas City.