Pedroia loses cool after called strike three, gets tossed

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Pedroia loses cool after called strike three, gets tossed

BOSTON On the calmest of days, Dustin Pedroia is usually the most fired-up player in the Red Sox dugout. It doesnt take much to light his fuse.

So, with the Sox trailing the Rangers by two runs in the eighth inning, when he was called out by first base umpire Paul Nauert for what Nauert perceived as a swing on an outside curveball for the second out of the inning, Pedroia vociferously let Nauert know his displeasure. All the way back to the dugout he demonstrated his checked swing. In the dugout. Especially after a double off the wall by Adrian Gonzalez, the next batter, surely would have scored Pedroia. And until the side was retired.

Going back to second base for the ninth, though, Pedroia took a slow walk, being sure to ignore Nauert on the way.

But after David Murphy was hit by a Craig Breslow pitch leading off the ninth, Pedroia unloaded on Nauert. Very quickly, the Sox second baseman was tossed from the game. It was the second time in his career hes been ejected and first since Aug. 19, 2008, in Baltimore.

Manager Bobby Valentine, who ran out to support his second baseman, argued with Nauert, as chants of Bob-bee, Bob-bee filled Fenway Park. The chants were a first this season for Valentine, in home game No. 62.

Pedroia had already left Fenway by the time reporters were allowed into Fenway Park. But the Sox perspective on the situation was clear.

It was a bad call, said Jon Lester, who took the loss. Pedey obviously is very emotional and plays this game with a lot of heart and for him to get that fired up, obviously he knew he was right. It was a bad call. I shouldnt say a turning point in the game but if he battles and gets in there, maybe its a different game.

Well, its a two-run ballgame, said Will Middlebrooks. Its a tough call. Is it hard to see? Yeah, sure. At the same time, I don't know. its just a tough situation. Its a tight ballgame. We needed everything to go our way.

It looked like he checked his swing from our vantage point, Valentine said. Then Adrian hits one off the wall, of course.

I was pretty angry, and supporting my guy. I said more to Nauert than I said other times and gotten thrown out. He wasnt going to throw me out. Unless I made a complete fool of myself or punched him or something. And I dont like staying out on the field that long with my pitcher on the mound.

Valentine thought the situation was over when the Sox took the field in the top of the ninth.

I was watching Pedroia, Valentine said. I wasnt expecting another play. He made an innocuous comment and got thrown out. Its not like he went out on the field yelling. He stayed totally away from him. I was watching him. Bres Craig Breslow throws that pitch and he makes some comment and gets thrown out. Whatever.

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.