The Mariners tried to tap into some of the late-inning magic they have been showing in recent games, but Craig Kimbrel slammed the door in a 2-1 win after putting on two runners with no outs in the ninth.
Kimbrel walked Mitch Haniger, who hit a walk-off homer Wednesday, and Nelson Cruz to add some drama to a game full of it in a pitchers’ duel between David Price and Felix Hernandez, but one of the game’s best closers struck out Kyle Seager and got Ryon Healy to ground into a double play ending the threat and Seattle’s four-game win streak.
The Red Sox took the lead on a Xander Bogaerts home run in the sixth inning off Hernandez, and got shutout innings from Joe Kelly and Kimbrel to win their fourth in a row.
Seattle’s loss moves them into second place in the American League West behind the Astros who have won eight straight.
The Mariners and Red Sox face off again Friday in the second game of a four-game series at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Studs of the Night
Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins finished a triple shy of the cycle going 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs in Philadelphia’s 9-3 win over the Rockies.
Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings as Cleveland took down the White Sox 5-2.
Marlins outfielder J.B. Shuck went 4 for 7 with a run scored in Miami’s 6-3 loss in 16 innings to the Giants.
Dud of the Night
Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Oakland’s 7-3 loss to the Astros. Lowrie went 1 for 12 in the three straight losses to Houston.
Rays reliever Vidal Nuno not only dove to stop Tyler Austin’s ground ball, but after picking it up, he bobbled it, and still threw out Austin. It could be why Austin was demoted after the game.
Tres entradas de relevo para @VidalNuno_52 con los @raysbeisbol en las que limitó a la ofensiva de los Yankees a un hit sin permitir carreras.
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Cubs (38-27) at Cardinals (36-30) 8:15 p.m. ET — Max Scherzer will likely start the All-Star game for the National League, but two other candidates for the honor are pitching in a matchup between the Cubs and the Cardinals Friday. Jon Lester (7-2, 2.22 ERA) takes the bump for Chicago, while Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.47) takes the mound for St. Louis.