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After losing to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in extra-innings, the Boston Red Sox returned the favor on Sunday afternoon, defeating Seattle by the score of 2-1.
Felix Doubront pitched effectively, but struggled with his pitch count and left after only 4.1 innings. Chone Figgins and Brendan Ryan singled off of Doubront to lead off the third, and Ichiro Suzuki hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Kyle Seager walked, but Doubront induced Jesus Montero to curtail the damage and end the inning.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas breezed through the first seven innings, scattering four hits while striking out six. Manager Eric Wedge tried to squeeze another inning out of Vargas, and it backfired, as Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer with one out in the eighth to tie the game.
Matt Albers entered the game in the fifth in relief of Doubront and got five outs without allowing a hit to hold the deficit to one. Scott Atchison then tossed two perfect innings to keep the game tied. In the ninth, Will Middlebrooks walked and stole second off of Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen, but was stranded on second when Kelly Shoppach struck out. Middlebrooks was replaced by Mike Aviles in the bottom of the inning due to tightness in his left hamstring.
Vicente Padilla came in for the bottom of the ninth and gave up a one-out double to Justin Smoak. With first base open, Padilla intentionally walked Figgins and Ryan flied out to send the second consecutive game to extra innings.
With Brandon League pitching in the tenth, Ryan Kalish pinch-hit for Brent Lillibridge and doubled off the right-field wall. Pedroia singled to advance Kalish to third, and David Ortiz hit a deep sacrifice fly to right to give the Sox their first lead. Closer Alfredo Aceves retired the top of the Mariners lineup in order to record his 19th save. The victory improved Padilla’s record to 2-0, and the loss dropped League to 0-5.
The Red Sox will head to Oakland for a three game series against the Athletics. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 4.91) will look for his first win against rookie Jarrod Parker (4-3, 2.57).
Tags: Alfredo Aceves, Boston Red Sox, Brandon League, Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Felix Doubront, Jason Vargas, Red Sox, Ryan Kalish, Scott Atchison, Seattle Mariners, Vicente Padilla