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Game 81: Sox win thanks to big 7th inning


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 8 0
Boston Red Sox 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 0   8 9 1
WP: Justin Masterson (3 - 2)
LP: Miguel Batista (5 - 3)

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Let me check that box score again ... the Red Sox beat the Mariners? Really?

Woo-hoo!

I'll take it. The Sox, behind a good start from Jon Lester, beat the M's, 8-4, today. The Sox scored five runs in the seventh to take the lead after trailing 4-3. Justin Masterson earned the win after striking out three in 1.1 scoreless innings of work.

The big seventh inning was started thanks to an RBI by David Ortiz, who also homered in the first inning (with Dustin Pedroia). Jacoby Ellsbury walked with the bases loaded and Mark Kotsay hit a two-RBI single. Ellsbury capped the inning by scoring on a passed ball.

Ellsbury also homered (solo shot) in the fifth.

Hideki Okajima pitched a spotless ninth inning.

The Sox host the A's -- and NOMAAAAHHHH -- Monday at 7:10. John Smoltz is on the hill.