Red Sox Wrap: Boston Overcomes Cold Bats, Wins Series After Six-Run 10th

Where was that in the first nine innings?


September 15, 2021

It took 10 innings, but the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Wednesday, claiming their first series win in the city since 2013.

The Red Sox improved to 83-65. Seattle dropped to 78-68.

You can view the full box score here.

The Red Sox started hot. Not only did they log three hits through two innings (while the Mariners were hitless), but all three were for extra bases by way of Hunter Renfroe’s home run and a pair of doubles. But the Mariners found their stride in a messy third inning that included another Renfroe error and a wild pitch, coming up with six hits while the Red Sox only found more before extras.

Luckily, they made up for it in the 10th. Alex Verdugo singled to move Jack López to third, eventually allowing him to score on a passed ball. Then, three more singles, a double and a pair of walks kept the fun going.

But the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead early — so should it really have come down to a little league play and a subsequent rally in the 10th?

— After Houck was pulled, a bullpen combination of Josh Taylor, Garrett Richards, Austin Davis, Adam Ottavino and Martín Pérez largely managed to limit the damage. Richards was the only one to allow hits, but he did go two full innings.

— To zero in on Ottavino, he worked his way out of a major jam in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, he brushed Jake Bauers with a slider. Bauers then stole second, and suddenly there was a walk-off threat with rookie Jarred Kelenic at the plate — and it only get more serious as Kelenic worked a full count.

Ottavino got him swinging to send it to extras.

— José Iglesias was the only Red Sox player to log multiple hits, going 2-for-2 while also drawing a walk. His two-out double in the second inning scored Bobby Dalbec to put Boston up 3-0. He also was clean in the field, drawing a nice double play to end the seventh inning.

The total for this one was set at 8.5 — and anyone who bet the over cashed in thanks to Boston’s huge 10th inning. DraftKings had the over set at -115, so a $115 bet would win $100.

The Red Sox have a day off before their next game. They’ll return home to host the Baltimore Orioles on Friday at 7:10 p.m., and you can watch it live on NESN.

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