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The Juice: Lackey flirts with no-no, Red Sox beat Mariners in 13

David Brown
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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Safeco Field, where the Seattle Mariners lumbered back from a deep slumber to tie — but not beat — the fumblin' Red Sox.

Game of the Day
Red Sox 8, Mariners 6
(13 inn.)

From nothing: For the second straight night, the catatonic Mariners offense, this time helped by Boston's repetitively unreliable defense, came to life in its last at-bat.

After being no-hit through 7 2/3 innings by John Lackey(notes) (right), the M's scored five runs against Manny Delcarmen(notes) and closer Jonathan Papelbon(notes) to tie the score in the ninth — the first rally of its kind in team history, reports Stats LLC.

Nice job by the M's, considering that "I'm going to kill my drill sergeant soon" look on Papelbon's face.

Hall of shame: The Red Sox were about to wriggle free in regulation when Jack Wilson(notes) hit into what should have been a tailor-made double play — except that second baseman Bill Hall(notes) makes for a lousy tailor and threw away the ball for an error to allow the tying run home.

Even if Lackey had thrown a no-hitter and won the game, it would have been a bit messy; he allowed an unearned run thanks to an error by Marco Scutaro(notes).

Bad, Red Sox defense. Bad!

"I mean, you hear the music playing. But ... ," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said as tunes blared from the main room of the visiting clubhouse across the hall. "That's a tough way to win."

LOLpez: The Mariners threatened in the 12th, but their offensive spasm in the ninth used up all of their allotted runs for perhaps the rest of the week. Leaving it up to Jose Lopez(notes), even with the bases loaded against a left-handed pitcher (Hideki Okajima(notes)), isn't a recipe for success.

End suffering now: Finally, Eric Patterson(notes) lined a go-ahead two-run double in the 13th to spare us a 14th inning.

"Definitely one of the weirdest no-decisions I've ever had, how about that?" Lackey said, grinning.

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They Also Played...

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Marlins 3, Rockies 2: Grab of the game goes to Jose Veras(notes), who saved lives runs by snatching Seth Smith's(notes) seventh-inning comebacker like Mr. Miyagi used to snag flies with chopsticks. The ball was ticketed for center field until Veras bumped it from its flight. Josh Johnson(notes) (the clapper) was a grateful beneficiary, too:

"I didn't even see that he caught it," Johnson said. "Then he's holding the ball in his glove and looking at it. I said, 'Attaboy.' "

Watch the grab

Johnson didn't get a decision because the Marlins scored the winning run in the ninth, but the game could have pivoted for the Rox were Veras less nimble.

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Tigers 5, Blue Jays 2: Don't worry, folks, Ricky Romero(notes) snares the line drive. ... You've got to get to Justin Verlander(notes) early, and two runs just wasn't enough. I'm with him; I'm not a morning person, either.

Nationals 7, Reds 1: The Nats leave town with a split, and it's too bad for vendors they're leaving; the visitors prompted so many sales of Stephen Strasburg(notes) shirseys. The Nats averaged 7.3 runs in the final three games of the series, which might be a team record.

Yankees 10, Royals 4: I will wait to acknowledge Alex Rodriguez(notes) reaching the 600 home-run plateau until he gets to 618, because that's how much — 3 percent — performance-enhancing drugs MIGHT have helped him get there.

Braves 8, Padres 0: Alex Gonzalez(notes) had four hits and impressed teammates with his defense. Chipper Jones(notes) said Gonzalez is an "Ozzie (sic) Vizquel, Ozzie Smith-type shortstop. I know that's lofty praise, but that's how much I think of him."

I don't know if Chipper was misquoted or the writer goofed, but it's a mistake worth pointing at and laughing, as if I don't make any.

Twins 5, Orioles 0: Not only is it amazing that Carl Pavano(notes) logged his fourth complete game in his past seven starts, but he did it after this goofball ran around the field and delayed the game for what seemed like four hours.

Phillies 2, Cardinals 0 (11 inn.): Now the Phillies hitters have the metaphorical blood of batting coach Milt Thompson's actual job on their proverbial hands. Shame them into scoring runs!

Rangers 3, Angels 2: Still hoping Cliff Lee(notes) stays below 10 walks. He's only got a cushion of two. Let's do this!

Giants 3, D-backs 0: When Matt Cain's(notes) on, forget it. Forget what? Exactly.

Dodgers 2, Mets 0: Like an old dog, the Mets have plopped down in a place where nobody can see them die. Wait, we can still see them? Aw, crap. ... Hang on, we have an Asian Trifecta. Winner: Hiroki Kuroda(notes). Loser: Hisanori Takahashi(notes). Savior: Hong-Chih Kuo(notes).

Brewers 3, Pirates 2: Yovani Gallardo(notes) stops the 10-plus-runs-allowed nonsense.

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