Boston wins 11-4. It’s their second consecutive night of double-digit run production, and their 11th this season, tied with St. Louis for the Major League lead.
Red Sox climb to 56-37, Mariners fall to 40-51.
Win to Felix Doubront (6-3), loss to Aaron Harang (4-8).
“Aaron struggled,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He battled and he tried to get through it, but he couldn’t take it any further than that. And then it actually got worse from there. It wasn’t a very good ball game at all. I mean, we didn’t play very well. They’ve been knocking the ball around the ballpark the last couple of days.”
David Ortiz has a double and home run, leaving him alone at the top with 1,690 hits as a designated hitter. Harold Banes had the record with 1,688. Edgar Martinez is third with 1,607.
“He’s still a force,” Wedge said. “I’ve seen too much of him over the years. He’s just about as professional as a hitter as you can be: still has the bat speed, still has the power, commands the strike zone probably as good as anybody in the game. … You’ve got guys behind him too. They’ve got one of the best offenses in baseball. You put somebody on and they’ve got somebody else coming up.”
Wedge said Nick Franklin taken out early due to “knee acting up again.” Raul Ibanez was taken out just to get a couple of innings off.
Series concludes at 12:40 p.m. Thursday.
Ninth: Boston adds a pair as chant of “Let’s go Red Sox” rings out.
Eighth: Oliver Perez comes in for the Mariners, retirning the Red Sox in order. In the bottom half, Doubront departs after seven innings allowing one run, earned, five hits, two walks with six strike outs. He was relieved by Brandon Workman, in his major league debut. Ryan, the first batter he faced, greeted him with a home run. Three doubles and a couple of more runs followed before Workman got out of a first major league inning he may be able to smile about by the time he recounts it for his grandchildren.
Seventh: Mariners defensive changes: Ackley debuts in left, Ryan to short, Miller moves to second, Franklin and Ibanez out. Sox load the bases but don’t score. In the bottom of the inning, the Mariners do, receiving what sounded a lot like a mock cheer when Henry Blanco’s two-out single brought in Jason Bay from third. Boston, 9-1.
Sixth: The Sox add four more runs, ending the nights of both Aaron Harang and Lucas Luetge. Harang went five innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, eight hits, three walks, and one hit batter. Boston, 9-0.
Fifth: Scoreless. Boston, 5-0.
Fourth: Red Sox add one. Mariners’ Kendrys Morales launches one to the warning track in center, but not enough. Boston, 5-0.
Third inning: Ortiz builds on the DH hits record with a two-run shot to right. In the bottom half, a Brad Miller single. Boston, 4-0.
Second inning: Begins with a double by David Ortiz. That’s his 1,689th hit as a designated hitter, the new major league record, surpassing Harold Baines. That’s the only hit of the half inning, but Sox get two runs. 2-0, Boston.
First inning: Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury opens the game with a single that extends his hitting streak to 18 games. But it’s all quiet after that. 0-0.
Pregame: The Red Sox and Mariners’ lineups are out for their 7:10 p.m. game today.
Leading off once again for Seattle is shortstop Brad Miller. Over the his first five leadoff appearances, Miller has hit .350 with two doubles, two triples and five RBI.
“I like the energy,” manager Eric Wedge said. “I like the way he makes the adjustments from one at bat to the other – at times from one pitch to another. I think those are all positive things. He’s been doing a nice job.”
Wedge said Miller also has the speed to make things happen at the top of the order.
“He’s a galloper,” Wedge said. “He’s a good galloper – long strider. And it’s right out of the box, and you like to see that.”
On Tuesday, Miller set records in his young career with three hits and four RBI. He also became the 12th rookie in Mariners history to record at least three hits and four RBI in a game, and the first to do it at Safeco Field.