Sox sink Mariners with big bats, 11-8

Sox sink Mariners with big bats, 11-8
July 10, 2013, 1:45 am
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SEATTLE -- Overcoming a poor start by their rookie starter and an apparent injury to their first reliever, the Red Sox used an offensive explosion at the plate, and, most improbably, six innings of one-run ball from their bullpen to overtake the Seattle Mariners, 11-8, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.
The Sox belted five homers -- including two in the third inning -- and collected 15 hits to overcome a shaky outing from Allen Webster, who allowed seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino each homered for the Sox, with Ortiz collecting four hits.
Every member of the starting lineup each collected one hit with Pedroia knocking in three runs and Napoli and Brock Holt knocking in two apiece.
From the fourth inning on, the Red Sox outscored Seattle 5-1.
After Alfredo Aceves took over for Webster in the third, the Sox trotted out Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara to close things out.
The Boston pen had cost the team a game in Anaheim Saturday night, then couldn't prevent the Mariners from putting the game out of reach in the series opener on Monday.

Ortiz had a four-hit game with a homer, two doubles and a single. The single, in the eighth inning, tied him with Harold Baines for most career hits by DH at 1,688. And just for good measure, he added a stolen base, too.

After Alfredo Aceves was forced from the game, Breslow came into the game in the fourth and delivered two and a third innings of scoreless relief. It was the second longest outing of his career and resulted in him getting credit for the win.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Hisashi Iwakuma
Iwakuma was handed a 5-1 lead, but imploded in the third, allowing five runs while forcing manager Eric Wedge to go to his bullpen in the fourth.

TURNING POINT: In the sixth inning, with the Sox clinging to a one-run lead and the Mariners with a runner in scoring position, Andrew Bailey came on and got two quick outs to preserve the lead.

BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games at Safeco Field, during which he's hitting .349.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Those four innings in the middle of the game were kind of the key to stabilizing things." - John Farrell on the job turned in by the Boston bullpen.