That this is only the second longest losing streak of the season tells you all you need to know about the 2014 Red Sox.
Another bad start on the mound meant a second straight sweep and eighth straight loss for the Red Sox as they fell 8-6 to the Seattle Mariners.
The day was not a uniform disaster for Allen Webster, but it certainly ended up with far more bad than good. The Mariner's jumped on Boston's shaky young starter right away in the first, with Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley leading off the game with an infield single and double to left respectively. The Mariners would make their first out on the basepaths, with Austin Jackson caught trying to take home on a ground ball back to Webster, but three straight base hits from Kendrys Morales, Kyle Seager, and Logan Morrison were enough to push three runs across, even with the Mariners running into the second out of the game as well. Webster finally ended the inning with the first out he truly earned on a strikeout of Chris Denorfia.
This time, at least, the Red Sox had some fight left in them. Hisashi Iwakuma has been one of the best pitchers in the game since he entered the league, but he hasn't been able to solve Boston. While he recorded two quick outs after Brock Holt led off the bottom of the first with an infield single, Yoenis Cespedes singled to left to bring Holt home to make it 3-1. Iwakuma proceeded to hit both Mike Napoli and Allen Craig before Will Middlebrooks brought Cespedes and Napoli home with an opposite field single, tying the game.
Both pitchers rebounded nicely with 1-2-3 second innings, but where Webster proceeded to put together seven straight outs (showing off the impressive swing-and-miss stuff he possesses), Iwakuma fell apart again in the third. After allowing a leadoff double to David Ortiz, Iwakuma quickly found himself in another jam when Yoenis Cespedes showed off his impressive strength by golfing an awfully low pitch high off the Monster. A productive out from Mike Napoli brought Ortiz home, and after Allen Craig reached on an infield single, Will Middlebrooks put a smooth swing on a low splitter, digging it out for a double down the left field line, scoring Cespedes to make it 5-3 and ending Iwakuma's night very early.
While they had plated two runs, the Red Sox would fail to capitalize further on a bases loaded, one-out situation in the third after a Mookie Betts walk, with Christian Vazquez fouling out and Brock Holt swinging through strike three. That would prove costly, as Allen Webster surrendered a fourth run to Seattle in the fourth, and then ran right off the rails again in the fifth, giving up a leadoff single to Austin Jackson and a triple to Dustin Ackley that made it all the way to the wall in center field, bringing Jackson home and setting up Brad Miller for a go-ahead sacrifice fly.
Once again facing a deficit, the Red Sox did not seem ready to quit anytime soon. They just failed to make good on any of their myriad opportunities. Mike Napoli struck out to leave Kelly Johnson (pinch-running for David Ortiz after a foul ball to the foot) and Yoenis Cespedes on base in the sixth. In the seventh, they put men on the corners with one out, but Christian Vazquez' rocket back to the mound was gloved in the air by Danny Farquhar, leaving Mookie Betts dead in the water at first. The Sox would finally get another run in the eighth, Kelly Johnson doubling home Brock Holt, but that came only after the Mariners had picked up their seventh run in the top of the inning, and the Red Sox once again left the decisive runners on base, stranding both Johnson and Napoli.
The ninth was no different. Now needing two runs to tie it after Brad Miller doubled home Dustin Ackley in the top half, the Red Sox loaded the bases on a single and two walks against an exceedingly wild Fernando Rodney. In the end, though, that just meant three more stranded baserunners, with Rodney striking out Kelly Johnson to end the game.
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