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Xander Bogaerts and Red Sox get to Yusei Kikuchi, beat Mariners 6-5

Apr 23, 2021, 8:13 PM
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners exits the game in the fifth inning after allowing five runs against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Alex Verdugo #99, Kiké Hernandez #6, and Hunter Renfroe #99 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after beating the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after hitting a three-run home run in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox high fives first base coach Tom Goodwin #82 after beating the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners safely slides into home plate against the Boston Red Sox in fourth inning at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Boston Red. Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Xander Bogaerts #2 celebrates with Boston Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles #52 after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Xander Bogaerts #2 celebrates with Alex Verdugo #99 of the Boston Red Sox after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on April 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

BOSTON – (AP) Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer all the way out of Fenway Park and added an RBI single as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Friday night.

Red Sox 6, Mariners 5: Box Score

J.D. Martinez also homered for the Red Sox, who survived a late scare when Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the ninth to pull Seattle within a run.

One night after rallying with a four-run 10th inning for a 7-4 victory, Seattle couldn’t quite pull off another comeback. Matt Barnes, who gave up Seager’s drive deep to right, got Evan White to line out to Bogaerts and end it.

The Red Sox, who had won every game they led before Thursday night, finished with 11 hits and have had 10 or more hits in 11 of 22 games this season.

Reliever Hirokazu Sawamura (1-0) struck out three over 1 1/3 innings.

Yusei Kikuchi (0-1) allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings for Seattle, which never recovered after Bogaerts’ drive onto Landsdowne Street in the first put Boston up 2-1.

Martinez added a solo shot in the third to put Boston up 3-1 and had a great opportunity in the fifth with the bases loaded and nobody out, but grounded into a double play. Bogaerts followed with an RBI single that put the Red Sox up 5-2.

Red Sox starter Martín Pérez lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Shed Long Jr. had a setback in his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a fracture in his right shin, manager Scott Servais said. Long has been shut down from participating in games at the Mariners’ spring training complex in Arizona due to continued issues with the leg.

“He was picking up his running and playing in more competitive games and stuff like that had to get shut down,” Servais said. “He’s still not 100 percent healthy yet so we wanted him to be 100 percent before we start sending him out there and expecting him to go back-to-back days and really picking up his workload.”

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Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (1-1, 3.38 ERA) took the loss last Saturday despite holding Houston to one run over six innings.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 3.04) struck out a career-high 10 in Boston’s win over the White Sox on Monday.

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