Mariners stun Sox with 5-run ninth

Mariners stun Sox with 5-run ninth
August 22, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Koji Uehara fell apart in the ninth inning against the Mariners.

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BOSTON - Bad teams find ways to lose - even in the most unlikely of ways.

Friday night, the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning and put their dominant closer on the mound to end things.

He did not end things.

Koji Uehara had his worst career outing as a reliever, allowing five runs in the inning. With a man on first and two outs, Uehara allowed a walk and four straight hits as the Mariners came back to shock the Sox, 5-3.

It was the third straight appearance that Uehara had allowed at least one run, and the first time all season the Red Sox had lost a game that they were leading after the eighth inning (44-0).

We had a pitcher's duel for a good five innings, anyways.

Then Sox starter Joe Kelly left in the top of the sixth for what the team called "precautionary reasons."

In the bottom of that inning, Felix Hernandez put two men on, and Yoenis Cespedes put a ball through a windshield on Landsdowne Street.

It looked like that score was going to hold up until the Mariners' ninth-inning rally.

Talk of a potential no-hitter by Hernandez ended with just one out in the first inning, as Dustin Pedroia singled up the middle. Hernandez was still sharp in this one, but was by no means his usual dominant self.

Going into this game, he had a 17-game streak of 2-or-fewer earned runs per start. Through five innings it looked like that would be the case again, until Cespedes launched a 2-2 changeup up over the light towers above the Green Monster. Hernandez was pulled with two outs in the sixth inning.

Kelly cruised through four innings, but tweaked something in the fifth inning that caused trainers to check him out on the mound. He would finish out the inning, loading the bases in the process before getting Austin Jackson to pop out to second base and end the threat.

He allowed just one hit on the night to go with three walks and five strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

Xander Bogaerts had a tough night. He crushed one down the left field line that left the ballpark and looked like a home run, but it was ruled foul. The review was deemed inconclusive, and Bogaerts struck out later in the at-bat.

It would get worse though. He was hit in the head by a Hernandez changeup in the 5th inning. After being tested for a concussion at the plate, he remained in the game. But in the 6th inning, Brock Holt batted for Bogaerts and it was announced that he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Craig Breslow came on in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 innings of shutout relief, allowing a hit while walking two and striking out two others.

Burke Badenhop finished off the 7th inning before Tommy Layne came on to pitch the 8th.

David Ortiz got on base four times for the fourth straight game, singling, doubling, and walking twice.