The Seattle Mariners had some tough competition over the weekend, but their home stand at Safeco Field continued on Monday with a series opener against the Boston Red Sox. The Mariners performed as they should have, taking advantage of the struggling Boston team in a 4-1 win.
Boston got their lone run in the first inning, thanks to a two-out RBI single from Cody Ross. The Mariners did not get on the board until the fourth inning, when they plated all four runs.
Franklin Gutierrez singled and Kyle Seager was hit by a pitch to start the fourth inning. John Jaso and Justin Smoak followed up with back-to-back RBI singles, Eric Thames hit a sacrifice fly and Carlos Peguero reached on a fielding error that allowed Smoak to score.
Jason Vargas rebounded exceptionally after a rough start in Minnesota. He went seven innings on Monday, allowing just one run on six hits and no walks. The Mariners bullpen allowed just one baserunner in the final two innings.
The Red Sox have now lost seven straight games. The Mariners can clinch the series victory with a win on Tuesday night.
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