Mariners bats quiet again in loss to Red Sox
SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners had chances in the third, fourth, fifth and ninth innings, and just couldn't capitalize.
Seattle's bats remained cool Sunday in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, wasting a strong outing from Jason Vargas.
The Mariners scored five runs in four games against Boston, and still came away with a split of the series. They seemed destined for a better result when pushing erratic Boston starter Felix Doubront during his 4 1/3 innings Sunday, yet managed just one run.
"When you make the starting pitcher throw 100 pitches in 4, you've got to do a hell of a lot more than that," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.
Dustin Pedroia's eighth-inning solo homer off Vargas tied the game at 1, and his 10th-inning single set up David Ortiz's sacrifice fly to win it. The win was Boston's first (1-5) in extra innings this season.
Pedroia's homer tied Vargas' career high for homers allowed in a season with 22. It took him 201 innings last year, 117 this year. It was Pedroia's first home run since May 11 and he was 3 for 17 in the series.
"It was a fastball away and for him to hook it out of this park ," Vargas said, "tip your hat to him and go on and get the next two."
It spoiled an otherwise superb outing for Vargas. The day after Seattle's bullpen was forced to throw eight innings because of an elbow injury to start Erasmo Ramirez, Vargas went eight innings, allowed five hits, struck out six and was in trouble just once.
"Pedroia got him, but he handled everybody in a strong fashion today," Wedge said.
Ryan Kalish, pinch-hitting for Brent Lillibridge, hit a one-out double off the right-center field wall off Brandon League (0-5) in the 10th. Pedroia followed with a single to right, to put runners at first and third.
Ortiz hit a 2-0 pitch to deep right field off lefty specialist Lucas Luetge to score Kalish and give the Red Sox the lead.
Vicente Padilla (2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth. Alfredo Aceves recorded his 19th save by pitching a 1-2-3 10th.
Doubront issued a career-high five walks. He struck out four, allowed three hits and repeatedly wiggled free to allow just a run.
"My arm was feeling good," Doubront said. "I don't know what happened. Seriously."
Padilla worked around a one-out double from Justin Smoak in the bottom of the ninth. Dustin Ackley popped out and Brendan Ryan flew out to right. It was one of several scoring opportunities squandered by the Mariners, who often contributed to their own offensive problems.