The Seattle Mariners inched closer to equaling a superfluous record set by the team in 1992 after crashing to a 7-4 defeat against Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday.
The Mariners are now one defeat short of a record set in 1992 while Red Sox recorded their seventh consecutive win at Fenway Park.
Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki gave the team a 1-0 first inning lead. That, however, was short-lived as Boston retaliated with a run by Dustin Pedroia and a homer in the third by left-handed Jacoby Ellsbury and Boston had a 2-1 advantage in no time, according to a Reuters report.
I can't believe it, Mariners’ Brendan Ryan told Reuters. First time this season I'm probably speechless. It's embarrassing. It's certainly not fun. I don't know what to say. It's tiring.
Red Sox’s John Lackey was involved in a tense duel with Felix Hernandez, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, until Boston scored five runs in the seventh inning to post a 7-1 lead.
Later, Lackey managed to give away only a run off eight hits when he striked out four in seven innings. Hernandez, in comparison, gave up six runs that included four in the seventh and striking out two.
When you're feeling good at the plate, you just want to get a pitch you can drive; you can't miss it, Ellsbury told Reuters. It felt good leaving the bat. I knew it was gone when I hit it. I've hit some balls hard, but that felt good.
The Mariners, although minimizing the gap to 7-4 in the eight, could not capitalize further and Boston went on to stay two games ahead of the Yankees (58-39) in the AL East, the Reuters reported.