Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each
hit a two-run homer, while Brandon Workman won his first major-league
game, as Boston dismantled Seattle, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game series
from Fenway Park.
Pedroia ended up with two hits and three RBI and Shane Victorino finished with
three hits and scored three times for the Red Sox, who have won three of their
Boston remained a half-game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, as the Rays
opened up their series against Arizona with a win.
Workman (1-1) scattered six hits and one run over six effective innings,
fanning a career-best nine batters with one walk.
"Hopefully tonight is the first of many wins in his career," said Boston
manager John Farrell about Workman. "As we've seen in the three starts he's
made, once he gets through the first three innings he starts to get a good
Following the game Boston acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy in a three-
team deal with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.
The Red Sox received the former Cy Young Award winner and sent minor
league pitchers J.B. Wendelken and Francelis Montas and infielder Cleuluis
Rondon to the White Sox.
Boston also received right-handed pitcher Brayan Villarreal and outfielder
Avisail Garcia from the Tigers for shortstop Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox
then sent Garcia to the White Sox.
Kendrys Morales hit an RBI single and Henry Blanco an RBI double for the
Mariners, who began a six-game road trip with their fourth loss in six
Joe Saunders (9-10) was battered for nine hits and six runs -- five
earned -- over his six-inning start.
"It didn't look like he had his best stuff out there," said Seattle acting
manager Robby Thompson about Saunders. "He just wasn't getting the ball down
in the zone and getting some of those calls."
Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out homer into the right-field bullpen made it 3-1 for
Boston in the home second. Victorino then singled and when Pedroia cleared the
Green Monster with two down, the hosts led by four.
In the fourth, Victorino doubled with two down and scored on a Pedroia single,
but the inning concluded when Pedroia took a wide turn at first and was thrown
out trying to scramble back.
Workman escaped a jam in the sixth, fanning both Michael Morse and Justin
Smoak swinging with the bases loaded. Kyle Seager, Morales and Raul Ibanez all
singled with one down to load the bases, but the 24-year-old right-hander
stayed cool and exited with no further damage.
Mike Napoli's one-out single in the eighth was followed by a two-run blast
from Saltalamacchia for an 8-1 game.
Pedro Beato was dented in the ninth as Blanco plated Smoak with a two-out
double to get the M's within six, but that was all the visitors had left in
A Morales two-out single scored Nick Franklin to put the Mariners on the board
in the first, but the Sox responded with two in the home half as Victorino
scored on a passed ball and a David Ortiz single plated Pedroia.
Workman's previous high was five strikeouts, in a July 14 no-decision at
Oakland ... The Red Sox have won four of the five meetings this season with
Seattle ... Prior to the contest, the Mariners activated Morse from the 15-day
disabled list and designated outfielder Jason Bay for assignment.
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