Red Sox yield 2 runs in 13th in a heart-wrenching loss

Hope Soto
July 27, 2017

And now bring on Chris Sale.

Paxton allowed only four hits - all singles - while striking out 10 and walking none as the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 4-0 at Safeco Field.

"What a ballgame", said manager Scott Servais, who appeared to have played all 13 innings alongside his players.

But the one thing he lacks is what the Red Sox as a whole have struggled with for much of the season, and that's power. Sale should have been able to cruise after getting a five-run lead in the top of the first tonight, but it took him 112 pitches to get through six innings.

"I missed my pitches", Rodriguez said. "He just got some wood on it and blooped it out there".

With Seattle trailing 5-4 and one out in the bottom of the 13th, Mitch Haniger drew a walk from Doug Fister (0-5), and Ben Gamel hit into a fielder's choice. Guillermo Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. But the fiery outfielder wouldn't give in. Pazos struck out Devers on three straight pitches to end the inning.

At the very least, he's an upgrade over light-hitting utility man Deven Marrero, the player Nunez will likely replace on the roster. "I could have been the last out of the game". I was just so excited to get here. More importantly, Heredia, reading that Leon was slow to the ball, didn't stop running, advancing to all the way to third. The homer continued a recent power surge for Seager, who has four home runs in his past 11 games.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski left wide open the possibility of sending Devers back to the minor leagues to make room for the Red Sox newest infielder.

Eduardo Nunez won't join the Red Sox until Friday. It was the first walk-off hit of Segura's career. "Who that means or what name is attached to that, that I don't know yet".

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Segura wasn't really expecting to bat in the inning.

"I think it's five wins in the month of July".

Now the Mariners will face the American League's best pitcher and Cy Young favorite on Wednesday in the finale with the series win in their pocket. "He's got a good fastball with a downhill plane, the ability to throw a back-door breaking ball to a number of our right-handers for some strikeouts and a cutter to keep guys honest as well".

And Pomeranz did plenty to help the Mariners do that, putting runners on base and going deep in counts to nearly every batter. 3-4 hitters in the Mariners order, before walking Kyle Seager on a 3-2 count to put runners at first and second.

Seattle is 47-16 when scoring four runs or more, but 3-35 when scoring three or fewer runs.

Dombrowski and manager John Farrell are quick to note that the Red Sox didn't build the offense around home runs.

The Red Sox had only one hit until the fourth, when Ramirez hammered a 1-1 pitch from Hernandez off the out-of-town scoreboard in left field.

But Felix lost his command and didn't make it out of the sixth. For Boston, he could share time at third with newly promoted Rafael Devers, but he also could see action at shortstop, second base and the outfield corners. And like so often for any pitcher, the free passes came back to hurt Hernandez.

The left-hander didn't allow a baserunner until a one-out single by Boston's Jackie Bradley the fifth inning. It ended Hernandez's outing.

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