Mariners Play Annoying Game, Win 10-8 in Extras

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The Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of  10-8 on Sunday at Fenway Park in one of the most annoying games in a season full of annoying games. Mike Zunino provided the game-winning hit with a bases loaded single in the top of the 12th inning to make it 9-8 and Kyle Seager added to the lead with a single of his own to make it 10-8.

Danny Farquhar got the save in relief of Rob Rasmussen.

After being blown out on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, it looked like the Mariners finally had a turn at an easy victory. The M’s took a 7-0 lead in the third inning. Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the first. Franklin Gutierrez hit his sixth homer to go back-to-back with Cano and the M’s were up 3-0 right away.

The duo did more damage in the third as Cano singled and Gutierrez hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0. But, because nothing is never easy for the Mariners, the Red Sox didn’t go away. They pulled within three at 7-4.

Nelson Cruz hit his 36th homer of the season to make it 8-4 but another Mariners bullpen implosion made the game 8-6 in the seventh, and Carson Smith blew the save to make it 8-8 after nine innings.

The teams went quietly in extra innings until the M’s scored in the 12th.

The good news for the Mariners out of this series is obviously the offense the last two days. Even though the M’s gave up 22 runs on Saturday, they scored 10,  and I can’t even remember the last time the Mariners scored 10 runs on consecutive days.

Fernando Rodney worked 1.2 scoreless innings. At this point, I’m just rooting for Rodney to succeed in his last season in Seattle. He’s been a lightning rod of criticism and I’m just done with it.

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Finally, Robinson Cano is still good people. Cano went 5-7 with the homer and a double. I think his average will be up in the .280s by seasons end.

The Mariners are 55-63 and 6.0 back in the wild card chase. If the Angels lose tonight to the Royals, the M’s can move to just 5.5 back.

The Mariners will travel to Texas to face the Rangers next.

Go M’s!

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