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.

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.

President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.

Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.

POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.

President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.

According to The Week:

“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."

The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?