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The Red Sox and Mariners were locked in a tight 2-2 game in the ninth inning Sunday night. Ramon Ramirez was on the hill, backed by a spotless 4-0 record in a great start to his Red Sox career. With two outs, No. 9 hitter Ronny Cedeno was at the plate, and it appeared the game was headed to extra innings. Then, something weird happened. Something really weird.
Cedeno hit a ground ball to short, where Nick Green nabbed it and released the ball. Normally, I’d just say he threw it to first, but in this case, he launched it 20 feet over 1B Jeff Bailey’s head, sending it into the seats. Cedeno found himself on second base, and Ramirez was forced to intentionally walk Ichiro to face Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt ripped a single to left field, and the swift Cedeno scampered home representing the winning run for the Mariners. Within a matter of minutes, the Red Sox went from heading to extra innings to heading to the airport after losing two of three to the M’s.
Justin Masterson allowed two runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched, but received the no-decision in the 3-2 loss.
J.D. Drew, RF: Drew has been swinging good wood lately. On Sunday, he went 2-3 with a HR and a nice catch in the eighth inning on a deep fly ball by Russel Branyan.
Nick Green, SS: Normally, players are placed here after down games offensively. Green went 2-3…so why is he here? He committed two errors, including a critical one in the ninth that directly led to the loss.
W: David Aardsma (1-1)
L: Ramon Ramirez (4-1)