Red Sox Rally to Tie, But Lose to the Mariners in the 12th
BOSTON –(AP) Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each had an RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Seattle Mariners blew a big lead before edging the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday.
Franklin Gutierrez homered twice and drove in four runs as Seattle rebounded from an ugly start to the series. The Mariners gave up 15 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time in team history while dropping the first two games against Boston by a combined 37-11 score.
Seattle also got five hits and three RBI from Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 36th homer.
Xander Bogaerts and Rusney Castillo homered for the Red Sox, who lost for the first time under interim manager Torey Lovullo. Brock Holt had three hits and scored three times, and Travis Shaw also has three hits.
Lovullo took over Friday when manager John Farrell announced that he was taking a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.
Austin Jackson and Mark Trumbo opened the 12th with singles off Craig Breslow (0-3). Logan Morrison reached when Breslow bobbled his bunt for an error. With the infield in, Zunino then lined a single over the head of shortstop Bogaerts. Seager then lined a single to right.
Rob Rasmussen (2-1) worked two scoreless innings. Danny Farquhar got the final three outs for his first save.
The Mariners got off to a fast start, building a 7-0 lead against rookie left-hander Henry Owens. But Boston tied the game with two in the ninth against Carson Smith.
Trailing 8-6, Bogaerts' run-scoring grounder cut it to one. Shaw drove in Holt with a bases-loaded single to left, but David Ortiz was cut down at the plate by Seth Smith's throw.
Boston scored 22 runs on 26 hits in Saturday's victory.
Cano homered over the bullpens in the first, and Gutierrez followed with a drive about 20 rows deep into the center-field bleachers.
In the third, Cano had an RBI single and Gutierrez homered into Boston's bullpen, making it 7-0.
Owens, making his third big league start, allowed seven runs and 10 hits in six innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.
The Red Sox chipped away by scoring four times over the next three innings.
Bogaerts homered over the Green Monster in the third, and Castillo had a leadoff drive in the fourth.
Mariners: LHP Charlie Furbush, on the DL with left biceps tendinitis, had a bullpen session, but didn't see improvement. "We're sending him back to Seattle to see the doctor," manager Lloyd McClendon said. … McClendon also said LHP James Paxton, on the DL since late May with a strained middle finger on his pitching hand, could be ready to go on a rehab stint soon.
Red Sox: OF Castillo was back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a bruised left foot. … 3B Pablo Sandoval was out with a bruised right elbow after getting hit by a pitch Saturday. … OF Hanley Ramirez missed his sixth straight game with a bruised left foot.
Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (8-7) is set to start the opener of a three-game series Monday at Texas against LHP Cole Hamels (0-1).
Red Sox: RHP Matt Barnes (3-2) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday to start the opener of a three-game set against Cleveland. RHP Danny Salazar (10-6) goes for the Indians.