Boston Rallies in the 9th for 2-1 Victory Over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Brock Holt doubled and scored the go ahead run on Rickie Weeks' error with one out in the ninth inning, Shane Victorino hit his first home run of the season and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night for their fourth win in five games.
Holt lined the second pitch of the ninth from Seattle closer Fernando Rodney (1-2) into left-center and was easily safe at second when Weeks' throw sailed over Robinson Cano's head. Holt was sacrificed to third by Xander Bogaerts and pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch.
Mookie Betts followed with a flyball that was likely deep enough for Holt to score anyway. But Weeks closed his glove too soon and everyone was safe.
Matt Barnes (2-0) allowed two hits in the eighth, but escaped without giving up the lead. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
Seattle's Brad Miller gets 1st career start in left field
SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Miller received no heads up that when he arrived at the park that he was about to make his first start in left field for the Seattle Mariners.
Good thing Miller has spent the last 10 days getting extra work in the outfield during pregame.
Miller made his first start in left field against Boston on Thursday night. After 201 starts over three seasons at shortstop, Seattle is seeing just how versatile Miller can be.
The Mariners can't afford to take his bat out of the lineup with a right-handed pitcher on the mound, even if it means the potential liability of Miller's inexperience in the outfield.