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Mariners Edge Sox 3-2 in Extra Innings

Chone Figgins (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox in Seattle Saturday night. It took 11 innings to get the victory, but a Chone Figgins sacrifice fly scored Dustin Ackley to give the Mariners the 3-2 victory.

Josh Beckett returned to the Red Sox starting rotation, and pitched well, but the offense just didn’t show up. Beckett didn’t allow a run until the bottom of the sixth inning, which was also his last inning of work. After a Munenori Kawasaki ground out, Ichiro lined a single into left field. With Casper Wells batting, Ichiro stole second. Wells then walked, and Kyle Seager hit a single of his own to load the bases. John Jaso then roped a double to right field which scored Ichiro and Wells, giving the Mariners the 2-0 lead.

The Mariners used many pitchers in this game after Erasmo Ramirez left the game with an injury in the top of the third inning. The Mariners’ pitching seemed to baffle the Sox offense throughout the game even though the Sox offense was able to scatter 11 hits. The Red Sox finally entered the runs column in the top of the seventh inning.

Adrian Gonzalez, Will Middlebrooks, and Cody Ross hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases at the start of the inning. Ryan Kalish then grounded into a fielder’s choice that saw Cody Ross being out at second, but allowed Adrian Gonzalez to score and Middlebrooks moved up to third base. With Mike Aviles at the plate, a pitch was thrown passed catcher Miguel Olivo which allowed Will Middlebrooks to score tying the score at 2.

Both teams failed to add to their run totals, as the bullpens for both squads were able to silence the offenses. The bottom of the 11th inning saw the winning run cross the plate. With Alfredo Aceves on the mound, Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo both singled. Ackley advanced to third base on the single by Olivo. With one out and runners on the corners, Chone Figgins then hit a fly ball to right field, and it was enough to allow Ackley to score the game winning run.

Beckett Strong in his Return

Josh Beckett rebounded from his stint on the disabled list in impressive fashion. Beckett went six innings, allowed just the two runs on four hits, he walked three batters, and struck out four. Beckett looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat, but when the offense goes 1-12 with runners in scoring position and leaves a total of 10 men on base, that usually is not a recipe for success. Beckett’s performance is a good sign of things to come as the season rolls on towards the all-star break.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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