Red Sox drop eighth of trip, lose 2-1 to Mariners

Red Sox drop eighth of trip, lose 2-1 to Mariners
September 6, 2012, 5:17 am
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SEATTLE -- The final game of the Red Sox nine-game West Coast road trip ended just like every other except one -- with a loss.
The Sox mustered just five hits and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Seattle Mariners for their eighth defeat of the trip.
The lone Red Sox run in the sixth when Jacoby Ellsbury, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored from first on a double into the right field corner by Cody Ross.
Ross had three of the Sox' five hits and drove in four of their five runs in the final two games here.
The defeat marked the sixth time in the nine games on the trip that the Sox were held to two runs or fewer.
Aaron Cook, who pitched a masterpiece when the Sox were last here in June, allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. Since starting the season 2-1, Cook has lost eight of his last nine decisions, including the last four in a row.
The Mariners scored both of their runs in the fourth inning when Dustin Ackely drove a single up the middle with the bases loaded, delivering Eric Thames and Mike Carp.
The win went to Kevin Millwood, who pitched for Pawtucket last season, and allowed just four hits over six innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: Dustin AckleyThe Mariners' leadoff hitter drove a ground ball single into center in the fourth inning to score the only two runs Seattle would need for its second victory in three tries in the series against the Red Sox.HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin MillwoodMillwood, who couldn't crack the Boston rotation last year when he was Pawtucket, got a measure of revenge, limiting the Sox to a single run on four hits over six inningsw to record his 14th quality start of the season.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Ryan LavarnwayLavarnway hit into a double-play to end the second, left the bases loaded in the fourth with a groundout and struck out with a runner on first in the ninth. A key hit in any of those at-bats might have made a difference.
TURNING POINT: After Cody Ross doubled home Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth, the Sox ahd a runner in scoring position with one out but couldn't move him to third, much less score the run.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox 1-8 trip on the road trip was their worst on a three-city West Coast trip since September 4-13, 1989.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's time to go home. It was a bad, bad road trip for us.'' -- Aaron Cook.