Red Sox vs Mariners – Game Recap – June 11, 2022
SEATTLE — Dylan Moore hit a single to center field against Boston reliever Hansel Robles in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-6 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.
The Mariners entered bottom of ninth behind 6-5 after Seattle native Bobby Dalbec broke a tie at 5 with a solo homer to left field for Boston in the top half of the inning.
Abraham Toro tied it for Seattle with an RBI single that scored JP Crawford, and Moore hit a ball past a diving Jackie Bradley, Jr. in center field to score pinch runner Sam Haggerty for the victory.
The teams split the first two games of the series.
“At the end of the day, we had to make some big hits and we definitely got them,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve struggled with runners in scoring position here lately, but huge late batting, certainly in the ninth inning by Toro and (Moore) to get us.”
It was the first hit of Moore’s major league career.
“I knew I was hitting him hard and I was hitting him away from (Bradley),” Moore said. “But obviously he’s a very good centre-back, so I made sure he went down before I celebrated, most definitely.”
The Red Sox took a 2-0 two-hitter lead in the game when third baseman Rafael Devers hit a two-run deep home run to right field from Seattle starter George Kirby. Xander Bogaerts scored later in the inning on a single from catcher Christian Vazquez, giving Boston a 3-0 lead.
The Mariners responded with two runs on three hits late in the first. Ty France scored from third on a wild pitch and Julio Rodriguez fell on an RBI single from Adam Frazier.
In the second, Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run homer into the left-field bullpen from Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha, estimated 406 feet and 108.4 mph from the bat, to give the Mariners a lead of 4-3.
Wacha ended up going 4 ⅓ innings, throwing 91 pitches and allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned, with one walk and three strikeouts. He was retired with one out in the fifth and replaced by Jake Diekman, who brought Frazier to bat in a late-inning double play.
JD Martinez came on for the Red Sox in fifth with his seventh homer of the season on a suspended Kirby slider.
“Throwing a backdoor slider at JD is not a good place to throw one,” Kirby said. “I just learn from my mistakes and try to correct them.”
Kirby left the game after five innings, having allowed five runs, three earned and one walk with four strikeouts on 97 pitches.
In the seventh, Toro tied the game with a brace from the top of the left field wall, scoring Crawford. The ball was inches from a home run and tied the score at 5-all.
Paul Sewald (3-1) got the win for the Mariners. Robles (1-2) took the loss.
“We did a lot of good things today, these guys are grinding,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “You know we pushed some guys to the limit. You try to do everything you can with what you have that day, then we move on and are ready for tomorrow.
Red Sox: OF Alex Verdugo (knee) was back in the lineup Saturday after sitting out Friday with knee pain.
Mariners: C Tom Murphy (shoulder) is expected to begin light baseball activity by the end of Seattle’s current homestand, but is still weeks away from a comeback. … RHP Ken Giles was scheduled for a rehab outing Saturday at Triple-A Tacoma, and is expected to make a few more minor league outings before joining the MLB roster.
The Mariners bought out INF Kevin Padlo on waivers from San Francisco on Saturday and added him to the 40-man roster in place of RHP Drew Steckenrider, who was designated for assignment. Padlo played 41 games for Triple-A Tacoma between 2021-22, and played most of this season at Triple-A Sacramento after being traded to the Giants for cash consideration on April 26. He will report to Triple-A Tacoma.
Steckenrider led the team with 14 saves last year but was 0-2 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 16 appearances in 2022. The Mariners have seven days to trade, release or place Steckenrider on irrevocable derogations.
Red Sox: Boston hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday’s series finale. RHP Garrett Whitlock was scheduled to start but was put in IL on Friday with hip inflammation.
Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (5-6, 4.97 ERA) will go for his second straight victory Sunday in his second start of the season against Boston. Ray went five innings and allowed eight hits, three earned runs and three walks in his June 6 start against Houston, with three strikeouts.