The Mariners roared to a 5-1 lead Tuesday, but Hisashi Iwakuma caved in the third inning as the Red Sox Stormed back to win 11-8. Game 3 is Wednesday.
GAME: Red Sox (55-37, 1st, AL East, 3 GA) at Mariners (40-50, 4th, AL West, 13.5. GB). GAME #: 91. SERIES: 3rd of 4 games. MEETING: 3rd (series tied 1-1). WHEN: Wednesday, 7:10 a.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Red Sox W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
Since July 2, following consecutive losses to the Chicago White Sox, the Mariners have largely lived a charmed existence. Except for a 13-4 belch at Cincinnati July 6 that may have cost Kennewick’s Jeremy Bonderman his career, the Mariners have been competitive in all and victorious in most, including in five of seven heading into Tuesday night’s fracas with the Boston Red Sox.
The Mariners couldn’t quite get it done against the Beaneaters in Game 2 of the series, failing to weather a barrage of five Boston home runs and falling 11-8 after holding a 5-1 lead.
With a reeling Hisashi Iwakuma unable to fix himself — he took a no-decision but allowed a season-high six earned runs — the Mariners will turn to Aaron Harang Wednesday.
Harang doesn’t have much of a history against Boston — just three starts — but at Safeco Field he’s 3-3 with a 4.18 ERA in eight starts, including two shutouts. Harang will oppose Felix Doubront, a lefty on a roll: He’s posted a 2.87 ERA in his last 10 starts and is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA on the road. Doubront earned a no-decision in his only previous start at Safeco Field.
Seattle has not won a season series from the Red Sox since 2009.
MARINERS: RHP Aaron Harang (4-7, 4.92 ERA, 1.23 WHIP)
The 35-year-old Harang, a San Diego native in his 12th major league season and first with Seattle, will make his 15th start and first against Boston. Harang threw six solid innings in his return to Cincinnati Friday, scoring his first victory since blanking the Houston Astros 4-0 June 11. He has issued five walks in his past seven outings and has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past three.
RED SOX: LHP Felix Doubront (5-3, 4.11 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Doubront, a Venezuela native in his fourth major league season, all with Boston, will make his 16th start and first against the Mariners. Doubront snapped a two-game losing streak in his last start by defeating the L.A. Angels, 6-2. He has worked into the seventh inning only five times. He threw his best game June 1 when he held the Yankees to one earned run in 6.0 innings. The Red Sox originally signed Doubront as an amateur free agent in 2005.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|7/10||Wed||vs. Bos||RHP Aaron Harang (4-7) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (5-3)|
|7/11||Thr||vs. Bos||TBA vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (5-8)|
|7/12||Fri||vs. LAA||LHP Joe Saunders (7-8) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (5-4)|
|7/13||Sat||vs. LAA||RHP Felix Hernandez (9-4) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (3-4)|
|7/14||Sun||vs. LAA||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (2-10)|