The Seattle Mariners scored five runs in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to beat Boston 5-3 at Fenway Park.
Uehara, who has been one of the game’s best closers over the last two seasons, had a night that was out of character for even the most mediocre relief pitchers.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners got their first two runs on a double by Austin Jackson to cut the Red Sox lead to one. Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano followed with RBI-singles that put Seattle ahead and gave the Sox closer his worst game since he joined the organization.
Boston’s lineup was set with a very difficult task in trying to beat Felix Hernandez, arguably the game’s best, or second-best, pitcher. Yoenis Cespedes hit a big three-run homer over the Green Monster to put the Red Sox up three, and the club looked poised to take the first game of this series before the Mariners exploded for five runs in the ninth.
Joe Kelly had a much better second start at Fenway Park, after getting shellacked in his first ever appearance in Boston. The righty tossed five shut-out innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out five.
The two teams square off again at Fenway Park in an afternoon game wit ha start-time of 1:35 p.m. EST. Brandon Workman will go for the Sox with the Comeback Player of the Year favorite Chris Young toeing the rubber for the M’s.