On a day where the Yankees beat the Orioles, the Rays dominated the Blue Jays, and the pecking order of the AL East is slowly being restored, the Mariners were put in their place by Jon Lester and the rest of the Red Sox.
Lester surpassed a career milestone of 1,000 IP by the middle of the 1st inning. He kept a perfect game through 3 innings, allowing 8 hits and a single run in his second win and first complete game of 2012.
Jason Vargas, on the other hand, was slightly less impressive. In 6 IP, he allowed a season-high 5 runs, 3 of which arrived on home runs from Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach in the 4th.
After 8 shutout innings by the Sox, the Mariners finally made it all the way home on a Kyle Seager RBI groundout. Justin Smoak had his fourth productive night in a row, going 2-for-4 with a base hit and a double.
The only other player with a multi-hit night was Ichiro, breaking up the no-no with a single in the 4th and leading off the 9th with a second base hit. Overall, Seattle has gone 5-for-29 in their last five games, scoring just 11 runs in 37 hits.
Tomorrow, the Mariners look to split the series against RHP Josh Beckett. Blake Beavan will take the mound for his seventh start of the season; with any luck, he’ll find enough run support to put up his first win since April’s Opening Day weekend.
Next game: @ Red Sox | May 15 | 1:05pm