David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox doubles in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 10, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The hit broke Harold Baines' record (1,688) for most hits by a designated hitter in major league history. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Nate Hanson
SAFECO FIELD - After slugging 19 runs and 28 hits in the first two games of the series, the Mariners’ bats were nowhere to be found in the first seven innings of Wednesday night’s 11-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Felix Doubront allowed one run on five hits over seven innings to earn his sixth win of the season. The Mariners did not have a runner in scoring position until the sixth inning.
While the Mariners waited until the seventh, the Red Sox wasted no time to tag Aaron Harang. David Ortiz doubled to lead off the second, Mike Napoli walked and Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Two consecutive RBI sacrifice flies by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias put the Red Sox in front 2-0.
Ortiz continued his onslaught with a two-run blast in the third inning to double Boston’s lead.
Shane Victorino singled in Jacoby Ellsbury to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
Seattle’s best opportunity to get back in the game came in the bottom of the fifth. After a Michael Saunders double and Brad Miller walk, Nick Franklin struck out for the seventh time in the series to end any hope of a Mariners comeback.
The Red Sox added four more runs, two unearned, in the sixth to put the game out of reach at 9-0.
The Mariners ended the shutout bid with a Henry Blanco RBI single in the seventh.
A Brendan Ryan solo round-tripper and a trio of doubles by Dustin Ackley, Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak cut the Red Sox lead to 9-4.
Boston added two more runs in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the 11-4 victory.
Turning Point: David Ortiz’s two-run homer in the third inning. It extended the Red Sox lead to 4-0 and set the tone for the remainder of the game.
Player Of The Game: David Ortiz. He went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. His double to lead off the second inning made him the career hits leader in for a designated hitter. He is now 8 for 10 in the series with two long balls, three doubles and four RBI.
Next Up: The finale of the four-game series with the Boston Red Sox takes place Thursday afternoon as RHP Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.04 ERA) will take on a Mariners pitcher to be announced (Most likely RHP Erasmo Ramirez).
RHP Carter Capps appeared to be packing his things in the clubhouse after the game. He'll likely be sent down to clear the roster spot for Ramirez. First pitch scheduled for 12:40 PM.