By Sean McAdam
Carl Crawford hasn't had many hits for the Red Sox. But he made his only on Sunday count.
Crawford drilled a single through a drawn-in infield, scoring Jed Lowrie from third and giving the Red Sox a 3-2 walkoff win over the Seattle Mariners.
Lowrie had reached when Ichiro Suzuki lost his liner to right in the sun for a triple.
The Sox had taken a two-run lead in the third on David Ortiz's double off The Wall, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.
Tim Wakefield pitched brilliantly over 5 23 innings, but lost a chance to record a win when Bobby Jenks faced five hitters and walked three while allowing a single.
The Sox overcame a strong start by Felix Hernandez who allowed two runs over seven innings while striking out 10.
STAR OF THE GAME - Carl Crawford
Given his first month with the Red Sox, Crawford was a highly unlikely hero Sunday.
Hitting just .155 entering Sunday's game, Crawford delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Jed Lowrie from third with two outs.
Crawford had just 15 hits all season before coming through with the game-winner off Seattle reliever Jamey Wright.
HONORABLE MENTION - Tim Wakefield.
Making his first start of 2011, Wakefield was superb through 5 23 innings, out-pitching Cy Young Award-winner Felix Hernandez.
Wakefield stepped in for an emergency start with Clay Buchholz sidelined with a stomach flu and allowed just three hits and a walk.
After 76 pitches, Wakefield was yanked after allowing a two-out single in sixth.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Bobby Jenks.
For the second time in the last three games, Jenks pitched poorly. Following a bad outing Friday in the series opener, Jenks reliever Tim Wakefield with one on, two out and the Red Sox leading
By the time he got out of the inning, five Mariners had come to the plate and four had reached base (single, three walks), costing Wakefield a chance at the win.
From the fourth through the eighth, the Red Sox had exactly one baserunner against Seattle pitching.
Then, two outs away from extra innings, Ichiro Suzuki couldn't see Jed Lowrie's sinking liner to right with two outs in the ninth, losing the ball in the strong late-afternoon sun as the ball nicked off his glove and went for a triple. After a groundout by Marco Scutaro, Crawford's single proved the game-winner.
BY THE NUMBERS:
The win was just the second one-run win of the 2011 season for the Red Sox. The only other came April 22 at Anaheim.
QUOTE OF NOTE:
"I really need their support right now and I appreciate it.'' -- Carl Crawford on his teammates, who bolted from the dugout and swarmed him after his game-winner.