A costly error from Kyle Schwarber helped the Mariners gain another on the Red Sox, as Boston and Seattle are both in the thick of the Wild Card race.
The Mariners got on the board first, in the first inning, as Ty France plated J.D. Crawford after a double play was turned by Boston. They added to the lead on a forceout in the second, with Tom Murphy picking up the RBI after an error from Hunter Renfroe in right allowed Abraham Toro, the scoring run, to advance to third.
Jose Iglesias struck his first homer as a Red Sox in eight years, as he slapped a solo shot just over the left center field wall to put the Sox on the board. Iglesias then added to his night with a game-tying RBI single in the fifth.
Eduardo Rodriguez was dominant for the Sox. He went six innings striking out six, while just one of the runs he gave up was earned after Renfroe’s error.
Ryan Brasier took over for the seventh inning, and with two outs and nobody on first baseman Kyle Schwarber bobbled a ground ball to put Jake Bauers on. That allowed J.P. Crawford to get on with a single, and Mitch Haniger came in clutch with a three-run bomb over the left field wall to put Seattle up 5-2. So, what looked like a 1-2-3 inning, turned into a three-run inning after Schwarber’s error.
In the top of the eighth, the Sox seemed to still have life. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers blasted back-to-back solo shots, and Kaleb Ort, in his major-league debut, hurled a scoreless bottom of the eighth despite putting two on.
But, Alex Verdugo, Renfroe, and Christian Vazquez were shut down by Drew Steckenrider in the ninth, as they went down 1-2-3 to drop the series opener, 5-4.