Red Sox snap seven-game skid, beat Mariners, 4-3

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Red Sox snap seven-game skid, beat Mariners, 4-3

SEATTLE -- And on the eighth try, they won. Finally.

Snapping an embarrassing week-long losing streak that stretched from southern California to the Pacific Northwest, the Red Sox edged the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, Tuesday, riding two homers to their first win since they left Boston on Aug. 27.

Cody Ross launched a three-run homer to left in the sixth to erase a 3-0 Seattle lead, and three batters later, Ryan Lavanrway clubbed a solo homer to give the Red Sox their latest lead since the first game of the trip when they blew a game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Ross's homer was his first in 43 at-bats, dating back to Aug. 23. Lavarnway's, meanwhile, was his first since being promoted from Pawtucket last month.

Jon Lester won for the fourth time in his last five starts, allowing three runs over six innings while pitching in his hometown.

Four relievers followed Lester to the mound: Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Vicente Padilla and Andrew Bailey, all of whom combined to keep the Mariners scoreless over the final three innings.

After Eric Thames laced a two-out triple to right in the ninth, Bailey got Kyle Seager to fly to right for the final out.

The Mariners had used the long ball themselves in building an early lead against Lester.

Ahead 1-0 in the third, the Mariners got solo homers from Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager to lead off the inning and boost their lead to 3-0.

Seattle managed to put the leadoff man on base against Lester in both the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't cash in on the opportunity.

The sixth inning, Lester's last, was the only one in which he retired the Mariners in order.

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.