Mariners Score 5 with 2 Out in the 9th to Top Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Down to their final strike, the Seattle Mariners put a dramatic end to more than three years of futility at Fenway Park.
Austin Jackson hit a bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run, bloop single as the Mariners rallied to score five times and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Friday night.
“The first three hours of that game we didn’t look very good,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Then all of a sudden, with two outs, we turned it on. I can’t figure it out.”
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway that began in May 2011.
The Mariners had managed only two hits through the first eight innings, then got five against Uehara in the ninth and extended Boston’s losing streak to six.
Dominic Leone (6-2) pitched one inning of relief for the victory and Fernando Rodney got his 37th save.
A night after being held to one hit in a 2-0 loss to the Angels, the Red Sox chased Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning after Yoenis Cespedes’ three-run homer.
Hernandez was in line for the loss before the ninth-inning rally, which he said he watched from the clubhouse.
“I didn’t even move. I did not move because I did not want to change anything,” Hernandez said. “It’s huge for us, man. We needed this one.”
Boston starter Joe Kelly limited Seattle to one hit in five solid innings and three relievers preserved the shutout until Uehara’s collapse in the ninth.
Uehara had an 0-2 count on Jackson, who drove the next pitch down the line in left to cut the lead to 3-2. Ackley was next and hit a blooper to shallow left just out of shortstop Brock Holt’s reach as he made a diving attempt.
“I thought I was pretty close. He hit it kind of far up there. I was hoping I could get to it and end the game. Unfortunately it fell,” Holt said.