The Seattle Mariners offense were up to the challenge with baseball’s top-scoring team coming into town for a four-game series, but in the end, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and the rest of the Boston Red Sox offense carried their team to a series win, taking three of four from the M’s.
The Sox were able to avoid a series split with an 8-7 extra-inning victory over Seattle on Thursday evening, dropping the Mariners to a 40-52 record on the season. It was the second time in the series that Boston was able to erase an early 5-1 deficit and win the game.
Boston pushed across 34 runs in the four games at Safeco Field, providing enough offense any pitching staff should ever need to win a series. It nearly wasn’t enough, however, as the Mariners had one of their best offensive stretches of the year, scoring 30 runs in the series. The M’s homered in each of the four games, extending their streak of consecutive games with a home run to 19.
It was an offensive output that the Mariners hope can continue over the weekend as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come in for the final series before the All-Star break.
Friday’s opener will feature Seattle’s Joe Saunders (7-8) going up against the team he broke out with in 2008. The Angels, winners of seven of their last 10, will send Jerome Williams (5-4) to the mound.