July 4, 2009
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All good things eventually have to come to a close and Saturday afternoon that's what happened to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Sox relief pitcher Takashi Saito pitched one of his worst outings of the year and let a 2-2 tie turn into a 3-2 Seattle Mariners win as Boston couldn't capitalize in the bottom of the ninth inning.
This is the first series that the Red Sox have lost since playing Texas at Fenway from June 5-7.
Saito gave up three walks, a hit, run, and strikeout, and that's what cost him. He rightfully picked up the loss and is now 2-2 on the season with a 3.45 earned run average. This is his second consecutive poor outing as he was dealt the loss in extra innings to Baltimore just four days ago.
Boston had a beat in the second inning as Jason Varitek launched a two-run home run for the quick 2-0 lead. Seattle cut the lead in half in the top half of the third when Ichiro Suzuki scored all the way from first base off Russell Branyan's double, which he tried to turn into a triple, but was thrown out to end the inning.
Penny had another decent outing going six innings deep and allowing two runs off six hits, six strikeouts, and a walk. He left when the game was tied at two.
The bullpen was solid before Saito came in as Justin Masterson and Hideki Okajima pitched flawlessly allowing no hits, no runs, a walk, and a strikeout combined.
Lead off hitter J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia combined going 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and a walk.
Terry Francona is going to have to figure out another way to shake up that lineup again.
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