COMMENTARY| The Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night 11-8, ending a three-game losing streak. This may end up being an extremely significant win for a team that seemed to be reeling on the west coast. The Red Sox are still in first place even with this short skid, but confidence and some players' performances seem to have started wavering. So, while it's just one of 55 wins this far, it may be the most significant.
It was indeed a fantastic win, considering how the game began. Youngster Allen Webster struggled again, allowing seven runs in just two and a third innings. He also gave up two more home runs, bringing the total number to seven in just six starts. Alfredo Accedes replaced him, but didn't even make it a full inning before leaving possibly due to injury.
The Red Sox found themselves down big after just two innings of play, and a loss seemed likely. However, the bats would wake up in a big way. Boston would belt five homeruns en route to scoring 11 runs. Even Jackie Bradley Jr., who was called up right before the game, got into the mix by blasting his second homer of the year. All nine batters had at least one hit last night, with David Ortiz leading the way with four.
As good as the lineup was last night, the unsung hero was the much-beleaguered bullpen. The unit has had a difficult go of it lately and needed a strong performance. They got their chance last night after Webster couldn't even last until the third. They were up to the task, allowing just one run. And Koji Uehara was successful once again in the closer role.
This was also a key result for the bullpen due to the fact that the unit lost one of its most consistent pitchers just two days earlier. Andrew Moller will most likely miss the rest of the season due to Lisfranc surgery. Miller was a solid, versatile lefty for Boston this season and will be sorely missed. However, nothing would deter the unit last night in helping the Red Sox pull off the victory.
This was also a significant victory for Boston as it once again stopped a losing streak at just three games. This is the fourth time the Red Sox have lost three in a row this season. However, that is the worst streak the team has had this year. While last year's team would have most likely fallen into a tailspin, this team doesn't understand how to quit.
This consistency is the reason the Sox remain in first place heading towards the All-Star break. Boston has been remarkably resilient this season and this come back on the road out west is an example of that resiliency.
The Red Sox still have five more games on this west coast road trip. If Boston can go 3-2 in those games it means a .500 trip. It's always a successful trip whenever an east coast team can go .500. Last night's win is a good start in reaching that goal.
Considering this road trip is right before the All-Star break, it gives the Sox the incredibly important momentum needed to enter the second half of the season in an extremely competitive division.
Chris Sedenka is a Yahoo! Contributor in Sports covering the Boston Red Sox. You can listen to his daily radio show on 96.3FM in Portland, ME or at thebigjab.com. He is also the voice of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.You can follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisSedenka.
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