SEATTLE (AP) — Dylan Moore hit a walk-off single into midfield ahead of Boston reliever Hansel Robles at the end of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-6 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night.
The Mariners went 6-5 into the bottom end of the ninth round after Seattle native Bobby Dalbec broke a 5-all tie with a solo homer to leave the field for Boston in the top half of the inning.
Abraham Toro equalized for Seattle with an RBI single that JP Crawford scored, and Moore smacked a ball past Jackie Bradley Jr. in midfield to score pinch-runner Sam Haggerty for the win.
The teams split the first two games of the series.
“We ended up having to make it big with some hits and we definitely got them,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais. “We’ve been struggling with runners in goal positions here lately but late in the game there were huge attacks certainly in the ninth inning from Toro and (Moore) to come get us.”
It was the first walk-off hit of Moore’s major league career.
“I knew I hit it hard, and I hit it off of (Bradley),” Moore said. “But obviously he’s a very good midfielder so I made sure it was definitely down before I celebrated.”
The Red Sox went into the game with two batters for a 2-0 lead when third baseman Rafael Devers hit a deep two-run homer to right field in front of Seattle starter George Kirby. Xander Bogaerts scored later in the inning on a single from catcher Christian Vazquez to give Boston a 3-0 lead.
The Mariners responded with two runs to three hits in the bottom of the first. Ty France scored on a wild pitch from third place and Julio Rodriguez scored on an RBI single from Adam Frazier.
In the second, Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in left field bullpen by Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha estimated at 406 feet and 108.4 mph to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead .
Wacha finished with 4 ⅓ innings, throwing 91 pitches and allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned, with a walk and three strikeouts. He was pulled with an out in the fifth and replaced by Jake Diekman, who got Frazier to hit in an inning-ending double play.
JD Martinez came through for the Red Sox in fifth with his seventh homer of the season on a Kirby hanging slider.
“Throwing JD a backdoor slider is not a good place to throw one,” Kirby said. “I just learn from my mistakes and try to correct them.”
Kirby left the game after five innings, having five runs, three earned and one walk with four strikeouts on 97 pitches.
In the seventh, Toro tied the game with a double from the top of the left field wall and scored for Crawford. The ball was inches from being a home run and tied the score at 5-all.
Paul Sewald (3-1) clinched the win for the Mariners. Robles (1-2) took the loss.
“We did a lot of good things today, these guys are grinding,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “You know, we pushed some guys to their limits. You try to do whatever you can with what you have that day and then we turn the page and are ready for tomorrow.”
Red Sox: OF Alex Verdugo (knee) was back in the lineup on Saturday after sitting with a sore knee on Friday.
Mariners: C Tom Murphy (shoulder) is expected to begin light baseball activity by the end of Seattle’s current homestand, but is several weeks away from a return. … RHP Ken Giles was scheduled for a rehab trip to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and is expected to make a few more minor league trips before being added to the MLB roster.
The Mariners on Saturday reacquired INF Kevin Padlo from San Francisco on waivers, adding him to the 40-man roster in place of RHP Drew Steckenrider, who was earmarked for the assignment. Padlo played 41 games for Triple-A Tacoma between 2021-2022 and played most of that season at Triple-A Sacramento after being traded to the Giants for cash on April 26. He will report to Triple-A Tacoma.
Steckenrider led the team with 14 saves last year but had a 0-2 record in 2022 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 16 appearances. The Mariners have seven days to trade, release, or make an irrevocable waiver of a Steckenrider.
Red Sox: Boston hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday’s series finale. RHP Garrett Whitlock was due to start but was placed on the IL on Friday with a hip infection.
Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (5-6, 4.97 ERA) will seek his second straight win on Sunday as he starts the season for the second time against Boston. Ray went five innings and allowed eight hits, three earned runs and three walks in his June 6 start against Houston with three strikeouts.
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