John Lackey let up just two hits and one run to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Seattle Mariners 8-6 yesterday at Safeco Field. The near no-hitter gave the impression that Boston would walk away with the easy victory, but Seattle dug in and pushed the contest into extra innings after a five-run ninth inning rally. Boston eventually solidified the W when Eric Patterson blasted a double to score Kevin Youkilis and Mike Cameron. Youk led the offensive campaign with three hits as Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz contributed with two hits apiece.
Adrian Beltre was excited to first re-visit his old playing field as part of the Red Sox two-week west coast road trip. Boston’s newly acquired third basemen spent five years with the Mariners before signing with the Sox back in January. The 31-year old has produced a .271 career batting average, 250 home runs and 912 RBI’s. “I enjoyed my five years here and I played with great guys,” he said. “I spent a lot of times with them and they were great teammates. The five years I played here I gave it my all and it’s in the past now.”
Josh Beckett is scheduled to start on the mound tonight for the first time in over two months. Boston will stay in Seattle for three more games before they matchup with the LA Angels starting Monday, July 26th. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!