Seguin gets unique assist on highlight-reel goal

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Seguin gets unique assist on highlight-reel goal

WASHINGTON, D.C. Tyler Seguins team-leading 19th goal of the season was a thing of beauty . . . with the assist was even prettier.

With the team down 2-1 in the second period, Seguin snapped his stick behind the net while battling to retain the puck during an offensive cycle. He sped toward the bench and executed a flawless hand-off of a replacement stick with Bruins assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer, then immediately jumped back into the play.

Steve Kampfer had hopped up into a pressure position on Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson with Seguin temporarily out of the picture, and the young defenseman got enough of a piece of Carlsons clear to alter the pucks pathway.

Instead of heading out of the zone, the puck slid right onto Seguins stick as he entered the zone with speed. He attacked the cage while holding the puck with speed, and backhanded a scoring bid over Tomas Vokouns short-side shoulder while charging the front of the net.

Falconer said hes had other stick-tossing moments that led to goals, but never one that took place that fast.

I guess thats my first one, eh? said Falconer. I was going to look for another one of Seguins sticks just in case that one broke after handing it to him, so I didnt actually see the goal. I just heard people yelling and then looked up and Seguin down on the ice after he scored. Everyone else saw it though because my phone has been blowing up with texts from all over the place.

The Falconer-to-Seguin score wasnt enough to help the Bs pull out the game, but at least its given one of the hard-working equipment guys a slice of the limelight for once.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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