Vargas struck out six and allowed only five hits, but one of those hits was a solo home run to Dustin Pedroia that tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth. It was still tied after nine, and things quickly fell apart for Seattle in extra innings. Brandon League took the mound for Seattle in the 10th, but was replaced by Lucas Luetge after giving up a double to Ryan Kalish. Luetge gave up a deep fly ball to David Ortiz, good enough to score Kalish and give Boston the game.
On Saturday night, the Seattle Mariners hosted the Boston Red Sox in the third game of a four-game series. After surrendering a lead, the game turned into an extra-innings affair that finally ended in a walk-off, 11-inning 3-2 win.
Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez attempted to injure his knee while fielding a grounder for the second out of the third inning, being lifted after 2.2 IP and immediately turning the game into a bullpen game.
Boston starter John Beckett did not allow a hit, meanwhile, until there were two outs in the fifth inning. Miguel Olivo singled to break up the no-no bid, but the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when John Jaso hit a two-run double to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox evened things up in the top of the seventh, scoring on an RBI groundout to cut the lead in half before Will Middlebrooks tied things up by scoring on a passed ball by Olivo. The Mariners managed to hold the tie and the game went to extra innings.
With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Dustin Ackley singled. Olivo then looped a single of his own to right field that allowed Ackley to go to third for Chone Figgins. Figgins hit a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Ackley to tag up. The throw was off-line, allowing Ackley to score the winning run.
The Mariners have won two of the three games in this series in walk-off fashion. They have secured at least a series split and will go for the series win on Sunday.
During Thursday night's opener against the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was struck in the side of the head by an errant pickoff throw. Now Gutierrez will continue his unlucky season with another trip to the disabled list.
Hector Noesi has been fairly infamous for getting hit hard all season long. On Friday night, the Seattle Mariners starter surrendered four home runs in five-plus innings of work in a 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. It just might have been his most embarrassing start to date.
Noesi managed to hold the Sox scoreless for the first four innings, but gave up back-to-back jacks to Will Middlebrooks and Cody Ross to lead off the fifth, followed by a two-out bomb by Daniel Nava that made it 3-0 Boston.
In the sixth inning, Noesi gave up a two-run shot to Jarrod Saltalamacchia without recording an out and was finally pulled after giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk. Noesi's record falls to 2-10 with the loss and his ERA now sits at 5.69. The Mariners bullpen gave up two hits and a walk, but no more runs the rest of the way.
Boston starter Aaron Cook, meanwhile, had no such problems with the Mariners offense. Cook improved to 2-1 with a complete game, two-hit shutout. Singles by Ichiro Suzuki and John Jaso represented the only two Seattle baserunners in the entire game.
The Red Sox have now evened up the four-game series. The Mariners will try to pick up a win on Saturday to ensure at least a series split.
The Boston Red Sox have an adoring legion of fans from coast to coast. On Thursday night, some of those fans came to Safeco Field to watch their team take on the Seattle Mariners. Luckily, the M's left those Sox fans with precious little to cheer about. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez pitched an absolute gem and the Mariners walked off with a 1-0 victory.
King Felix did not allow a baserunner until the third inning, when he gave up back-to-back singles with two outs. Hernandez would allow just three more hits and a walk over the rest of the game, as he pitched a complete-game shutout that included 13 strikeouts.
Boston starter Franklin Morales was no slouch either, allowing three hits and two walks over seven innings and striking out seven Mariners along the way.
The only scoring, appropriately, came in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Casper Wells hit a double. The Red Sox intentionally walked Justin Smoak to get to Miguel Olivo, but the Mariners sent in pinch hitter John Jaso, who promptly singled home Wells on the first pitch he saw for the big win.
The Mariners will try to do it again on Friday night, although perhaps with more run support this time.