Mariners, Iwakuma throttle Red Sox

Ross Houston
August 8, 2016

They're also a ideal 6-0 in his last six home starts, are 7-1 in his last eight outings versus opponents from the American League East, and are 20-7 in his last 27 home starts versus a team with a winning record. Pomeranz gave up five earned runs in his last start against the Angels. Shaw's 386-foot drive to right was his 13th homer of the season. "I don't know. He's a really good player". "I looked at the video with what they were doing recently and we had a good meeting with (Mike) Zunino before the game and it paid off". Seattle Mariners' Shawn O'Malley rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Seattle.

The three home runs by Seattle accounted for the only three costly mistakes Porcello made in an otherwise strong start.

Boston made it 2-0 in the top of the fifth when Bryce Brentz led off with a double down the right field line, then Mookie Betts knocked him home on a double into the right-center field gap.

Porcello struck out eight and walked one. "I'll get here early tomorrow and see how it feels", Ramirez said. "Big night by Zunino". "Felt like it was an opportunity for us to go to our most powerful reliever with the highest strikeout rate".

Iwakuma (12-7) rebounded from a season-worst performance against the Chicago Cubs to limit Boston to five hits, a team that had given him problems in the past.

For Iwakuma, It amounted to a breakthrough victory; he had entered the game with an 8.59 ERA in five previous starts against the Red Sox. Boston's Rick Porcello suffered his first loss in 14 starts. "Travis with a big hit to lead us off there, and then Sandy gets down a flawless bunt to move him over, so good team baseball in that inning to get us that one run".

Iwakuma allowed a single in the second inning, two singles in the third and another single in the fifth.

Iwakuma struck out seven and walked none, leaving in the eighth after Benintendi's second hit. Seattle reliever Drew Storen barely got out of that jam when Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts flew out to the warning track in left to end the inning.

"I was able to command my fastball, and my fastball I think had more life than usual", Iwakuma said through a translator. It is the sweet, sweet chords of Def Leppard and what seems a song that Edwin Diaz didn't actually pick himself.

After blowing a 99 miles per hour fastball by David Ortiz for a swinging strikeout to start the ninth, Diaz gave up a single to Jackie Bradley Jr. and hit Aaron Hill with a pitch, meaning the tying run would come to the plate at least once. Martin (1-2) was the sixth pitcher used by a Mariners, and he gave up a leadoff single to Shaw and a sacrifice bunt by Sandy Leon.

"I was pulling my front shoulder and rushing", Diaz said. "I was feeling great".

NOTES: Boston 1B Hanley Ramirez (sprained left wrist) was not in the lineup Wednesday, and he could miss the rest of the series. Ramirez slipped on the steps leading from the dugout to the clubhouse at Safeco Field.

"On this West Coast trip, the offense has been a premium to come by", manager John Farrell said after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Seattle.

Mariners: RHP Nick Vincent (back strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Everett.

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