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Mariners edge Red Sox 3-2 in 11th on Chone Figgins' sacrifice fly
Chone Figgins went 0 for 4 Saturday night, but his last at-bat was the game-winner. Figgins' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning propelled...
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Chone Figgins went 0 for 4 Saturday night, but his last at-bat was the game-winner.
Figgins' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning propelled the Seattle Mariners over the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in walkoff fashion before 31,311 at Safeco Field.
"It's great to see him step up in that opportunity and get the game-winning RBI," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Figgins, who's hitting only .181.
Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners at the corners for Figgins, who lined a ball to right field. Outfielder Cody Ross made the catch and threw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but it one-hopped away from him as Ackley safely slid home.
"It's always great to get wins," said Figgins, who started in left field and batted eighth. "Personally, I always come to work every day. I get an opportunity to play, you're going to get 110 percent. I'm never a person that thinks about stats. My stats are wins. For me to get a sac fly is huge right there."
The Red Sox had a chance to take the lead in the 10th with two on and no outs after singles by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. After Saltalamacchia struck out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a grounder to Ackley, who had a chance for a double play. He bobbled the ball but managed to flip to second for a force on Ortiz. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen then got Will Middlebrooks to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
The Mariners scored first in the sixth on a bases-loaded, two-run double by designated hitter John Jaso. The one-out hit scored Ichiro and Casper Wells, who had reached base with a single and walk, respectively. The Mariners loaded the bases again with two outs on an intentional walk to Ackley, but Olivo stranded the runners by grounding out to third.
The Red Sox quickly retaliated in the seventh with two runs. Gonzalez scored on a bases-loaded fielder's choice grounder after three consecutive singles, and Middlebrooks scored from third on a passed ball by Olivo to tie it.
Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez left after 2 2/3 innings with an injury to his right elbow. He had an MRI, but results won't be known until Sunday.
"I just loved our fight today," said Wedge. "Playing good ball in a tight game like that, and our starter goes down early. When that happens, everybody is on deck. Everybody is going to have to fight hard to help us win that ballgame."
Ramirez didn't allow a hit and struck out two in his shortened start. Charlie Furbush replaced Ramirez and allowed three hits and no runs in 2-1/3 innings.
Furbush, pitching out of trouble, got one of his three strikeouts in the fourth against Middlebrooks to escape a two-out jam with runners on the corners. In the fifth, with a runner on second, Boston's Daniel Nava lined out to shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.
The Mariners used five relievers after Furbush and they combined to allow two runs, one earned, on eight hits in five innings.
Wilhelmsen allowed four hits but no runs in the ninth and 10th. Shawn Kelley threw 13 pitches in the scoreless Red Sox 11th, with two strikeouts.
Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett had a no-hitter through 4-2/3 innings before Olivo collected Seattle's first hit with two outs in the fifth on a single to left field.
The best shot the Mariners had at a hit before Olivo came in the third inning. Ross slammed into the right-field wall to rob Ichiro of an extra-base hit on a 1-1 count.
Beckett gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three, including one intentional walk.
The Mariners had another chance to take the lead in the seventh after Beckett left, but failed to bring in Kawasaki and Ichiro with one out. Wells popped up to center, allowing Kawasaki to tag up for third. But Seager struck out to end the inning.