By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox pounded Felix Hernandez for five runs in the seventh inning at Fenway Park Friday night, breaking open what had been a one-run game until then, on their way to a 7-4 win. It was the Sox 15th win in 18 games, and the Mariners 13th straight loss.
John Lackey picked up the win, evening his record at 8-8 with a 6.28 ERA. He went seven innings, allowing one run on eight hits with no walks, four strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Hernandez had never before lost at Fenway. He entered the game with a record of 3-0 (1.49) in five previous starts, but took the loss, going 6 13 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits and four walks with two strikeouts. He falls to 8-9 with a 3.47 ERA.
Leading by a run heading into the seventh, the Sox batted around in the inning, with two runs scoring on Adrian Gonzalezs single to center and another two on Kevin Youkilis single to left, aided by an error from Mariners left fielder Mike Carp.
Franklin Morales came in for the eighth, giving up a three-run homer to Carp, before Daniel Bard came in with two outs and a runner on to close the door.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.
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Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray discuss Xander Bogaerts, who admitted he's tired and is receiving the night off for the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox would still host a Wild Card playoff game if the season ended today, but they are free falling down the standings.
It won't get any easier for them tonight against the Rays in the second of a three-game series. Xander Bogaerts is getting the night off and Marco Hernandez will start in his place.
Red Sox Lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez SS
Rick Porcello RHP
Logan Forsythe 2B
Brad Miller SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Hank Conger C
Chris Archer RHP
The Boston Red Sox might be struggling, but they have two of the brighest prospects in baseball playing in the minors.
Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi have been named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game rosters.
Moncada and Benintendi are teammates on the Red Sox Double-A affliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, but they'll be opponents when the game is played Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego. Moncada was named to Team World, and Benintendi to Team USA.
Benintendi is hitting .264 in his 36 games with Portland, while Moncada is batting .296 in six games since being promoted from Single-A+ Salem.