SEATTLE (AP) — After squandering numerous opportunities, it’s not surprising that the Seattle Mariners’ extra-inning loss ended with tying run on third base.
Brock Holt bounced an RBI single up the middle off the glove of diving shortstop Sean O’Malley in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Mariners 3-2 on Thursday night.
Seattle, which failed to take advantage of nine walks, then stranded the last of its 11 runners left on base when Brad Ziegler struck out pinch-hitter Seth Smith for the final out.
“These games, it’s about getting the big hit. It really is,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We did a lot of other good things, just didn’t finish it off.”
Travis Shaw, whose earlier solo homer put Boston up 1-0, opened the 11th against Cody Martin (1-2) with an opposite-field single to left against the shift. Sandy Leon sacrificed Shaw to second and Holt then bounced a single up the middle off O’Malley’s glove.
“I thought I should have had it,” O’Malley said. “It was a tough play. The ball came up and made a little funny hop. But, I got a glove on it. Worst case, I just wanted to keep that in the infield. Unfortunately, it scooted into center and it ended up being the difference.”
Craig Kimbrel (2-3) retired all four batters he faced — including striking out Nelson Cruz, Adam Lind and Kyle Seager in the 10th — for the victory. Ziegler recorded his third save.
The Mariners put two runners aboard in the ninth against Fernando Abad when Farrell opted for Kimbrel to face Robinson Cano, who hit a game-deciding three-run homer off Abad on Tuesday.
“I felt like we’re in the fifth hitter of the inning and their best hitter is coming up,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Felt like it was an opportunity for us to go to our most powerful reliever with the highest strikeout ratio there. Didn’t think he’d get out of it with just two pitches and a ground ball, but it workd out well.”
Seattle tied it with two runs in the fifth. O’Malley hit the first pitch into the left-field seats for his first homer of the season and second of his career. Guillermo Heredia followed with a bunt single and advanced to third on consecutive ground outs. After Cruz was walked intentionally, Dae-Ho Lee blooped an RBI single into shallow right-center.
Shaw opened the second with his 13th homer and the Red Sox added a run in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Bryce Brentz and Mookie Betts.
Seattle starter Ariel Miranda allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings in his major league debut after being called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma.
“I like the way he competed,” Servais said. “He didn’t back off at all. I thought the way the first inning started out, it could have got a little dicey, but I give him a lot of credit, he hung in there.”
The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Miranda escaped by striking out Jackie Bradley Jr. and getting Aaron Hill on a fly out to right.
Seattle loaded the bases in the fourth on three walks by starter Drew Pomerantz, but Leonys Martin bounced to first to end the inning.
Miranda was one of three Cuban-born players in the Mariners starting lineup, along with Heredia and Leonys Martin. The Mariners said it was the first time an American League team started a Cuban-born pitcher and two Cuban-born position players in the same game since Minnesota on Sept. 27, 1970, when Luis Tiant pitched with position players Tony Oliva and Leo Cardenas.
Red Sox: 1B Hanley Ramirez, who injured his left wrist in a dugout stumble following Tuesday’s game at Seattle, was scheduled to swing a bat on Thursday. “Optimistically, hopefully he’d be available on the weekend when we get down to L.A. against the Dodgers,” manager John Farrell said.
Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek, who recently lost his closer role, was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to Aug. 2) with a left hip labrum tear, an injury that is not expected to require surgery. “I’m very hopeful that he’s back in our bullpen in 15 days,” manager Scott Servais said. … RHP Taijuan Walker, on the DL since July 6 with right foot tendinitis is expected to start Saturday against the Angels.
In addition to the Miranda and Cishek moves, right-hander Blake Parker, who last pitched in the majors in 2014 with the Chicago Cubs, was called up from Triple-A Tacoma, where he was 1-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 19 saves in 38 relief appearances. … RHP Donn Roach, who pitched two innings in one appearance after being called up Monday, was sent back to Tacoma. … RHP Mayckol Guaipe, 0-0 with a 4.91 in five appearances with Seattle before being sent down in mid-May, was released.
Red Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright (12-5, 3.20) gets the start Friday when Boston opens a three-game road series against the Dodgers.
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.46 ERA) opens the three-game series against the Angels on Friday, the middle set of a three-series, 10-game homestand. Is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA in three starts since coming off DL (right calf strain).
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