Workman, Sox take care of M's, 8-2

Workman, Sox take care of M's, 8-2
July 30, 2013, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON -- While the Red Sox front office worked the phones in search of pitching, one of their homegrown pitching prospects turned in another solid performance.
      
Brandon Workman, who had been tabbed as a possible bullpen piece for the final two months, made his third quality start in as many outings, limiting the Seattle Mariners to a single run on just six hits to earn his first major league win in an 8-2 victory.
      
Workman yielded a run in the first inning, then blanked the Mariners for the next five innings. In his final inning of work, he worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by fanning Michael Morse and Justin Smoak.
      
Three homers led an 11-hit attack for the Red Sox.
      
The Sox gave Workman all the support he'd need in the bottom of the first when Shane Victorino (three hits) scored on a passed ball and David Ortiz singled home Dustin Pedroia.
      
A solo homer by Jacoby Ellsbury and a two-run shot from Pedroia padded the lead to 5-1 in the second. The homer was Pedroia's first since July 9, also against Seattle.
      
Jarrod Saltalamacchia cranked a two-run shot in the eighth to close out the scoring.
      
Craig Breslow and Matt Thornton both contributed scoreless innings of relief before the Mariners managed a run in the ninth off Pedro Beato.


AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Brandon Workman
Earned the first win of his career, in his fourth game third start. He went six innings, giving up one run on six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. The only run he allowed came in the first inning.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. He snapped an 0-for-16 slide, and 3-for-39 since the All-Star break.
 
THE GOAT: Joe Saunders
Saunders gave up six runs, five earned, over five innings on nine hits, including two home runs, and a walk with five strikeouts.
 
THE TURNING POINT
The Mariners had the bases loaded in the sixth inning with one out, but Workman struck out Michael Morse and Justin Smoak, both swinging at fastballs, to get out of the jam.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
“It's great. It's something I've dreamed about since I was a boy. To make that happen tonight was great.” – Brandon Workman on getting his first career win
 
At a Glance written by Maureen Mullen.