The Boston Red Sox needed a win to take one game of the three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Carl Crawford delivered for the first time this season, hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a 3-2 win in the series finale.
Boston barely managed to win only one game of the series, mainly due to their struggles with runners in scoring position, going 4-for-25. On Friday they were edged out in the series opener, 5-4, despite two home runs from Mike Cameron. The offense was shutout the next day, 2-0, as they went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Crawford came into Sunday afternoon’s game batting just .155. Crawford notched two hits, including the game-winning single with two outs to score Jed Lowrie, who tripled to put himself in scoring position. After reaching first base, Crawford was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
Tim Wakefield made a spot start in replace of Clay Buchholz, who was pushed back a day due to illness. Wakefield provided a quality outing and had a chance for the win, allowing just one run and three hits over five and 2/3 innings. Bobby Jenks finished the sixth inning, but not before allowing an inherited run to score and giving up a run of his own. Matt Albers tossed two perfect innings of relief and Jonatahn Papelbon retired all three batters in the ninth to pick up the win.
David Ortiz belted a two-run double to give the Red Sox a 2-0 advantage in the third inning. Dustin Pedroia had two of Boston’s six hits against Seattle’s reigning Cy Young Award winning pitcher Felix Hernandez, who allowed two runs over seven innings and did not factor in the decision.
The Red Sox continue their season-long home stand as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to town. The probable starting pitchers are Buchholz (1-3) for Boston and Jered Weaver (6-0) for the Angels.
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