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Sexson's homer lifts Mariners past Red Sox

Jun 27, 2007 - 7:29 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Mariners' slugger Richie Sexson has struggled through the first two months of the season, but his bat is heating up now.

Sexson hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the sixth inning and lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Sexson's 15th homer - fifth in his last nine games - off reliever Javier Lopez (1-1) followed Jose Vidro's single and put the Mariners ahead, 8-6.

"They typically come in bunches," Sexson said of his home run splurge. "I've had a decent month here and I'm looking to carry it over."

After striking out in a couple of earlier at-bats, Sexson said he was looking forward to doing something to help the team.

"I had some chances earlier in the game, once with the bases loaded and messed it up, so it was just nice to bounce back and help out," Sexson said.

The win was the sixth in their last seven games for Seattle, while Boston has lost its last seven games at Safeco Field.

Sexson admitted that the energy flows a little more when Boston comes to town.

"We want to play well against the best," Sexson said. "It kind of shows what we are made of and that we do have a good team. Any time you can beat tough teams like this it's a confidence boost."

The Red Sox threatened in the eighth when rookie reliever Brandon Morrow issued a leadoff walk to Coco Crisp and moved to third on Dustin Pedroia's bloop single.

The Mariners then gave the ball to lefthander George Sherrill, who struck out David Ortiz. Closer J.J. Putz relieved Sherrill, and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Kevin Youkilis, which scored Crisp to trim the lead to 8-7. Putz escaped further damage in the eighth and struck out the side in the ninth for his 22nd save in as many chances this season. He got pinch hitter Manny Ramirez on three pitches.

"It's never a pleasant sight to look in the on-deck circle and see him just sitting there waiting for you," Putz said about Ramirez. "I was able to get ahead of him and get him to chase some pitches. Yeah, it was exciting."

Felix Hernandez, who pitched a one-hit shutout the last time he faced Boston in April at Fenway Park, could not hold a 4-1 lead and gave up 11 hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Trailing 6-4, Boston rallied to tie it in the sixth. Eric Hinske led off the frame with a solo homer before Alex Cora doubled and Crisp sacrificed. With two outs, Eric O'Flaherty (5-0) relieved Hernandez and yielded a single to Ortiz to make it 6-6.

"We got a lot of key hits," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "I thought we showed a lot of fight and spirit to come back and we got that thing tied. We didn't push the go-ahead run across, but we did a lot of good things."

Rookie Kason Gabbard, filling in for the injured Curt Schilling who is on the disabled list with tendinitis, made his second start for the Red Sox and lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits, while issuing six walks and hitting a batter.

"After Ichiro I got out of the groove a little bit and I just couldn't get back in the groove," Gabbard said.






  • bones just one of those games... sox kept scraping and battling to draw even, but couldn't quite get over the hump and take a lead

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 1:36 AM


  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 7 14 1
    SEATTLE 3 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 x 8 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - KASON GABBARD, MANNY DELCARMEN (4TH), JAVIER LOPEZ (6TH), MIKE
    TIMLIN (7TH), HIDEKI OKAJIMA (8TH) AND JASON VARITEK
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ, ERIC O'FLAHERTY (6T

    Jun 27 1:34 AM
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    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 1:25 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KEVIN YOUKILIS SCORED COCO CRISP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LUGO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 7
    SEATTLE 8 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.250, 1-FOR-4)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 1:13 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (15) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF JAVIER LOPEZ SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 6, SEATTLE 8
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.305, 0-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 12:29 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED ALEX CORA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ORTIZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 6
    SEATTLE 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.335, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 12:19 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ERIC HINSKE (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF FELIX HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 5, SEATTLE 6
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A CORA (.282, 0-FOR-2)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 12:09 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    SEATTLE 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.287, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 12:05 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLIE BLOOMQUIST SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, Y BETANCOURT ON
    THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.362, 2-FOR-3)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 27 12:03 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED DAVID ORTIZ AND J.D. DREW.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LOWELL ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.272, 1-FOR-2)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 11:48 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN YOUKILIS SCORED COCO CRISP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K YOUKILIS ON FIRST, D ORTIZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.249, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 11:06 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY WILLIE BLOOMQUIST (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF KASON GABBARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.358, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:48 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A BELTRE ON FIRST, J GUILLEN ON SECOND, K
    JOHJIMA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.289, 4 HR, 28 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:37 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JOSE GUILLEN SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GUILLEN ON FIRST, K JOHJIMA ON SECOND, R
    SEXSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.263, 10 HR, 30 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:34 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    KENJI JOHJIMA HIT BY KASON GABBARD PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED JOSE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K JOHJIMA ON FIRST, R SEXSON ON SECOND, J
    VIDRO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.255, 9 HR, 40 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:31 PM
  • bones well, with king felix throwing, that's not too bad an idea (plus we'll have a 1-game swing in the wyg standings no matter what)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:18 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 1 3 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - KASON GABBARD
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.359, 5 HR, 37 RBI)
    J LOPEZ (.282, 7 HR, 43 RBI)
    J VIDRO (.292, 3 HR, 22 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 10:18 PM
  • mark just for you bones, i'm picking the M's in this one...

    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 26 3:06 PM
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    Red Sox vs. MarinersJun 24 9:44 AM