The Red Sox faced off with the Mariners for the 2nd game of the series and hoped for a win with their ace David Price on the mound. The Sox got Price an early lead and he was cruising through his outing until the 8th Inning hit. The wheels fell off Price’s outing and it happened quick. The newly acquired bullpen arm Abad didn’t help either as his debut was giving up a 3 run homer to Robinson Cano. The only bright spot in this game was seeing the MLB debut of Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi who jumped right over AAA and was called up to play with the big boys.
The Sox got on the board with a single run in the 1st inning when David Ortiz hit an RBI double to score Pedroia. Sox 1-0. The Sox added two more runs in the top of the 4th when Hanley Ramirez absolutely smoked a ball out of the park and then Aaron Hill hit an RBI single to score Bradley Jr. Sox 3-0. All the while David Price just keep pitching scoreless inning after scoreless inning on the other side. Price had pitched through 7 innings and looked like he might even have a couple more inning in him. The Sox even gave him another run in the top of the 8th when Ortiz hit an RBI sac fly. Sox 4-0.
The bottom of the 8th is when the game would take a quick and drastic turn for the Sox. Price came back out for the bottom of the 8th, but he ended up not being able to record an out in the inning. Price gave up a lead off home run to Mike Zunino to let the Mariners on the board. Sox 4-1. Price then 3 more singles including an RBI single to Heredia to have the Sox only ahead by 2 runs. Sox 4-2. Farrell came out to get Price in favor of Matt Barnes. Barnes got an out and then newly aquired Fernando Abad came into the game to make his Sox debut. Abad was facing Robinson Cano who he has had a lot of success against in the past, but that would not be the case last night. Abad gave up a 3 run homer to Cano to now have the Mariners in the lead. Sox 4-5. It all unraveled and it happened fast. Abad got the final two outs of the inning, but the damage had already been done. The Mariners sent up newly tapped closer Edwin Diaz and he was able to secure the save and the win for the Mariners. It was a frustrating game to see because the Sox had the game in hand and in the span of a half of an inning it all vanished.
Red Sox 4 Mariners 5 BOXSCORE
WP: Roach (2-0) LP: Abad (1-5) SV: Diaz (1)