Big fourth inning propels Mariners over Sox, 7-3

Big fourth inning propels Mariners over Sox, 7-3
August 23, 2014, 4:45 pm
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BOSTON - Just like Wednesday's loss to the Angels, the Red Sox scored three runs in the first three innings.

And just like Wednesday's loss to the Angels, the Red Sox allowed their opponent to take the lead with one big inning.

The Mariners scored seven runs in the 4th inning - all off starter Brandon Workman - to take a 7-3 lead that would hold.

Workman gave up seven hits in the inning, capped off by a Dustin Ackley three-run home run that sealed his fate for the game.

Workman gave up 10 total hits on the day and was charged with all seven runs in the fourth inning. He walked Ackley in the first inning, and had three strikeouts on the day.

If Friday was somewhat of a pitcher's duel for part of the game, Saturday certainly wasn't.

Mariners starter Chris Young lasted just 3.2 innings, one more out than Workman, leaving with the bases loaded in the fourth. Tom Wilhelmsen came on in relief and struck out Mike Napoli swinging to end the threat.

David Ortiz was hit by Charlie Furbush in the 6th inning. The ball struck Ortiz in the left elbow and he was not happy about it. He did stay in the game, but was flexing his left elbow the whole time.

He would leave the game later with a left elbow contusion.

The Red Sox retaliated when Alex Wilson hit Robinson Cano in the backside. Both teams were warned, but no ejections were made.

Wilson pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Junichi Tazawa and Burke Badenhop each pitched an inning.

The Red Sox have now lost seven straight games.