The Red Sox ended their 7-game losing streak with a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Mariners in Seattle. Cody Ross stroked a game-tying 3-run homer in the 6th inning that ties the game at 3. And 2 outs later, Ryan Lavarnway gave the Red Sox their first lead of the series with his 1st home run of 2012.
Jon Lester pitched 6 “OK” innings to get the win — 3 ER on 9 hits and 2 walks with 4 K’s. He improved to 9-11, but for a starter considered to be an ace of the staff, his 1.38 WHIP and 4.99 ERA leave a lot to be desired. Kudos to the bullpen for holding the 1-run lead — Craig Breslow gave up 2 hits in the 7th, but Junichi Tazawa, Vincente Padilla and Andrew Bailey closed the door to preserve the much-needed win.
The Red Sox look to get their 1st series win in a while as Aaron Cook looks to erase the memories of his latest outing in which he couldn’t even get out of the 3rd inning after giving up 6 ER on 7 hits of a 20-2 loss to the A’s last Friday night. Cook squares off against another struggling veteran – 4-12 Kevin Millwood.
The Red Sox are now 63-74 and unless they put together an incredibly good final 3+ weeks of the season will likely finish with an under-.500 record for the 1st time since 1997 when they finished 78-84…