Monday, October 3, 2022

Devers hit 2 hrs; Red Sox Rally Mariners 6-5. behind

BOSTON ( Associated Press) — Rafael Devers hit two homers, Christian Vazquez scored a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Boston’s bullpen kept the Seattle Mariners scoreless for six innings, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 win on Saturday .

Devers scored three runs and had three hits for the Red Sox, who registered their fourth straight win of the season.

Rookie Julio Rodriguez has three hits for Seattle, with five of the six and 18 of the last 24.

Franchise Cordero tripled Drew Steckenraider (0-2) when the ball took the Green Monster off center fielder Rodriguez.

When Cordero first got up after slipping into third, he waved both his hands in the air toward his dugout. Vazquez then followed with his single from the wall of the left field.

John Schreiber (1-0) put up a perfect eighth for the win and Matt Barnes got the final three outs for his second defense, with center fielder Kike Hernandez hitting a fine over- on Ty France’s drive to end it. Made the-shoulder catch.

After both the teams scored five runs in the first five innings, it turned into an effective bullpen.

The Red Sox erased a 5-0 deficit on Boston’s bullpen by scoring a run in the third on Dever’s homer and four in the fifth when they chased down starter Chris Flexon.

After Hernandez opened in fifth place with a double, Devers entered the first row of seats atop the Green Monster. Bobby Dalbeck had an RBI single off reliever Sergio Romo before Trevor Story’s sacrificial fly tied it up.

The Mariners had leapfrogged Boston starter Garrett Whitlock for four runs and six hits on top of the first. Rodriguez, Eugenio Suarez and Mike Ford each had an RBI single.

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Mariners: 2b Abraham Toro left the game with a sprained left shoulder.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogarts was back in the lineup after giving up Friday’s win early. LF Alex Verdugo bit him while Bogarts was backpedaling, trying to catch a pop, after he landed hard on his back. … Verdugo left Saturday’s game at the top due to a second illness.

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After hitting three homers and scoring seven runs in the series opener and hitting a Grand Slam on Friday night, Story fell to 0 for 3 with a sack fly.

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Mariners RF Dylan Moore took a fine running catch on Hernandez’s fly in the sixth, gliding toward a side wall before reaching the top, crashing into his left side.

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Whitlock lasted just three innings, leaving a career-high with five runs and 10 hits, extending his ERA from 2.43 to 3.58. His previous worst performances were three runs and just four hits.

Flexon allowed five runs and eight hits in more than four innings.

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Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (4-2, 2.40 ERA) is set to begin the series finale on Sunday afternoon. He was the AL Pitcher of the Month for April, going 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in four starts.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Iovaldi (1-2, 4.32) looked to rebound from a terrible start on Tuesday when he allowed five homers in an innings against the Astros to set a major league record.

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