Sox run out of gas, lose to O's in 17 innings, 9-6

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Sox run out of gas, lose to O's in 17 innings, 9-6

BOSTON The Red Sox and Orioles used a combined 18 pitchers, including a position player each, in their series finale Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

It was Darnell McDonald who took the loss, giving up a three-run home run to Adam Jones in the 17th, as the Sox fell, 9-6.

The Sox needed nine pitchers, including McDonald, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for David Ortiz in the eighth inning, to get through 17 innings against the Orioles Sunday afternoon.

The loss drops the Sox to 11-16, 4-10 at home, and 1-5 on the homestand.

The Orioles' Chris Davis, who started the game as their DH, pitched two innings for the win. At the plate, Davis went 0-for-8 with five straight strikeouts to start the game.

It was another poor outing by Clay Buccholz that set up the bullpen game. Buchholz lasted just 3 23 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.All the Orioles runs off him came on home runs, including two solo shots by J.J. Hardy, in the first and third, and a three-run shot Sox nemesis Robert Andino in the fourth. It was Buchholzs shortest outing since 3 23 innings on April 9, 2011, in a loss to the Yankees.

The Sox got a run in the fourth when Mike Aviles doubled and scored on Ryan Sweeneys single to right.

They tied the score in the next inning on Will Middlebrooks first career grand slam. It scored David Ortiz and Cody Ross, who singled, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who walked. Middlebrooks blast, over the Monster, came on the first pitch. It was also his first career home run.

The Os went ahead in the eighth, helped by two errors from Saltalamacchia. His error on Adam Jones foul extended the at-bat, allowing Jones to single. With Jones attempting to steal second, Saltalamacchias throwing error allowed him to go to second. Jones scored on Mark Reynolds double off the wall in center.

But Saltalamacchia got some redemption in the bottom of the inning, as the Sox once again tied the score. Ortiz led off with a double to center and was replaced by Darnell McDonald, who went to third on Cody Ross ground out to short. Saltalamacchias sacrifice fly to left scored McDonald.

The Orioles bullpen had gone 23 23 consecutive scoreless innings before that run.

Os starter Tommy Hunter lasted just 4 13 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, including Middlebrooks grand slam, and a walk with two strikeouts.

Of his six outings, Buchholz has not thrown a quality start yet this season, and has given up five or more earned runs in each.Althoughhe was not involved in the decision, leaving his record at 3-1, his ERA jumped from 8.69 to 9.09.

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.