To be honest, I don't know if I was happier to see a win, or to see a win that didn't involve extra innings.
If you would have told me the Mariners would take 2 of 3 from the Red Sox while starting to Jakubauskas, Olson and Vargas against Lester, Beckett and Masterson, I would have laughed in your face then called Western State hospital to get you a psych consult.
But the Mariners did it. It wasn't pretty and it took "a gift" as David Aardsma called it from Nick Green (pictured left) to help get the win. To be fair though, Green only gave them a chance the Mariners had to do the rest.
"You have two outs and he airmails it, you can't mess that up," Aardsma said. "He gave us the winning run and you have to capitalize on it. Those are things that when we were losing we weren't capitalizing on, but now we are."
Green may have airmailed the throw but the official scorer went back and decided to rule it a hit after at first ruling it an error. An error was still charged to Green for allowing the runner to advance to second. Cedeno thought it was hit too (of course he would, but for the record so did I).
"Yeah, I would've beaten it out," he said.
Cedeno was 3-for-4 with a one run scored, an RBI triple and two infield hits, manager Don Wakamatsu said he liked the at-bats he saw from Cedeno. Did you hear that Yuni?
On the negative side, the Mariners still stranded nine runners and Adrian Beltre is really struggling. Before Ken Griffey Jr.'s single in the eighth, Mariners hitters in the No. 3 and 4 spot were hitless on the weekend. That still needs to be addressed.
Still, the mood was pretty positive in the clubhouse after winning the series. The Angels come in tomorrow.
A scheduling note, because John Lackey was tossed after just two pitches on Saturday. He's been moved up in the rotation and will start Monday against Jarrod Washburn.
Here's the pitching match-ups with the Angels.
Monday -- Washburn (3-2, 3.11 ERA) vs. Lackey (0-0, 0.00)
Tuesday -- Felix Hernandez (4-2, 2.53 ERA) vs. Matt Palmer (4-0, 3.38 ERA)
Wednesday -- Chris Jakubauskas (2-4, 7.13 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Thursday -- TBA for Seattle vs. Joe Saunders (5-2, 3.59 ERA)
Photos from AP
RED SOX NOTES:
&bull Justin Masterson tied his season-high with 6.1 IP (last: May 6 vs. CLE) and left with the game tied 2-2…Masterson also tied a season-high with 6 strikeouts while not allowing a walk.
&bull Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the 5th…he is batting .344 (21x61) with 3 doubles, one triple, 4 RBI, 6 stolen bases and 8 runs scored over the 13 game span…marks his longest hitting streak on the season and the longest active in the American League.
&bull J.D. Drew had his 2nd multi-hit game of the series (7th overall) going 2x3 while tying the game in the 4th with a solo home run…his 6th on the year…in his last 9 games against the Mariners Drew is batting .419 (13x31) with 10 runs, a double, triple, 5 home runs, and 8 RBI.
&bull Reliever Ramon Ramirez took the loss and allowed only his 2nd run of the season...came in to the game with an 0.44 ERA (1 ER, 20.1 IP).
&bull Boston has lost 4 of their last 5 road games…lost 5 of 7 series on the road this season.
&bull Mariners recorded their 4th walk-off victory of the year (last: May 3 vs. Oakland).
&bull Seattle's series win was their 6th of the season, but their first since taking 2 of 3 from Oakland, May 1-3.
&bull Franklin Gutierrez recorded his first career walk-off hit…finished the series 4-for-8 vs. the Red Sox.
&bull Jason Vargas allowed one earned run in his 2nd consecutive start...as a starter this season has a 1.74 ERA (2 ER,
10.1 IP) and overall is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP) in 3 games (2 GS, 2 relief).
&bull Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 11 games going 2-for-4…his 14th multi-hit game of the season…during his current streak, Ichiro is batting .375 (18x48)…has hit in 17 of his last 18 games (.329/27x82).
&bull Russell Branyan hit his team-leading 9th home run of the year…extended his hitting streak at Safeco Field to 9 games and has hit safely in 10 of 11 home games this year (.341/15x44) with 6 doubles, 4 Home Runs and 7 RBI.
&bull Ronny Cedeño tripled in the 2nd, scoring Betancourt on the play…was his first triple since Oct. 1, 2006 (w/CHI vs.
COL)…the triple was his 3rd XBH overall on the year (2B, HR)…first multi-hit game of the year, going 3-for-4.
&bull Seattle relievers (Sean White, Mark Lowe, David Aardsma) combined to toss 3.2 shutout innings today…bullpen did not allow a run in the series vs. the Red Sox (9.2 IP).
&bull Sean White pitched 1.2 scoreless IP and has 4 consecutive appearances without allowing a run (4.2 IP, 4 SO, 4 BB).
&bull Today's game marked the 29th time in 38 games for the M's this season that have been decided by 3 runs or less…improved to 9-7 in one-run games (tied for AL lead in one-run wins with Texas).
&bull Rob Johnson left the game after the bottom of the 6th after he was hit by a pitch during a bunt attempt...he was replaced by Kenji Johjima to start the 7th.