Red Sox rally for 4-3 win, snap 7-game skid

Associated Press Modified: September 5, 2012 at 1:47 am •  Published: September 5, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — The longest Red Sox skid in more than a decade lasted only a week.

It felt much longer to those involved in Boston's downward spiral that finally came to an end on Tuesday night.

"It feels good to shake hands. It's been a while. It seems like a really long time," Boston outfielder Cody Ross said.

Ross hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth inning, Ryan Lavarnway connected two batters later and the Red Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

The Red Sox were looking at an eighth straight setback with another lackluster effort on this miserable road trip before pulling even thanks to a rally that took just six pitches.

Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury opened the sixth with singles off Seattle starter Blake Beavan (9-9) before Ross hit his 20th homer of the season. After recovering to get two outs, Beavan left a pitch up in the zone to Lavarnway and he lined his first homer off the out of town scoreboard beyond the left field bullpens.

"Our guys looked happy after the game," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "It's great to see them with smiles and coming from behind ... it was a good win. Maybe it will get something started."

The Red Sox appeared ready for the losing to end, with most leaping to the dugout railing to see Ross' homer sail over the head of left fielder Trayvon Robinson. Boston had previously missed scoring chances in the first, second and fifth innings with runners in scoring position.

The quick turn of fortunes for Boston made a winner out of Jon Lester (9-11), who gave up consecutive homers to Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager in the third, but otherwise avoided damage.

Eric Thames hit a two-out, two-strike triple in the ninth for Seattle off Andrew Bailey to keep the Mariners hopes alive. But Bailey got Seager to fly out to right to end it for his second save in three chances.

Boston's seven-game slide started with the opening of a West Coast swing through Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle. According to the Red Sox, from information provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time Boston had dropped the first seven games of a road trip since 1960. The losing streak was the longest since a nine-game skid during the 2001 season.

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