Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross hit a three-run homer in the sixth
inning and Ryan Lavarnway belted a go-ahead shot later in the frame, as the
Boston Red Sox snapped a season-high seven-game slide with a 4-3 victory over
the Seattle Mariners.
Jon Lester (9-11) lasted six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and
two walks for Boston, which had scored two runs or less in its previous five
Andrew Bailey gave up a two-out triple to Eric Thames in the ninth, but
retired Kyle Seager on a flyout to right field to pick up his second save.
Seager and Franklin Gutierrez each hit solo homers for Seattle, which won the
opener of this three-game series, 4-1, on Monday.
All four runs Blake Beavan (9-9) gave up came via the long ball. The Mariners
starter was charged with eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Seattle jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Red Sox got to Beavan in the sixth.
Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury each singled in front of Ross, who took a
first-pitch curveball over the wall in left field to tie the game. Two outs
later, Lavarnway stepped in and launched one off the scoreboard in left
field for his first home run of the season.
Junichi Tazawa stranded a pair of Mariners in the seventh, and Vicente Padilla
twirled a scoreless eighth before Bailey narrowly closed out the win.
Jesus Montero's inside-out swing resulted in an RBI single to right field in
the first inning, and home runs by Gutierrez and Seager in the third gave the
hosts a 3-0 cushion.
Gutierrez crushed the first pitch of the inning over the wall in center, and
two pitches later, Seager found the right-field seats for his team-leading
16th home run.
The Sox also snapped an eight-game skid on the road ... Beavan has lost all
four career starts against the Sox ... Montero finished with three of
Seattle's 12 hits ... Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
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