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Final: Mariners 6, Red Sox 5 – Starting pitching the issue again

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SEATTLE -- On Friday, the Red Sox were able to overcome a poor outing from their starting pitcher with a late inning offensive explosion. They weren't as fortunate Saturday night.

Eduardo Rodriguez, who fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and was at 86 pitches after just four innings, went back out for the fifth and quickly surrendered a three-run homer to Jay Bruce, putting the game effectively out of reach and leading to a 6-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Alex Cora said before the game that he hoped for the lefty to give him six or seven innings to help save the bullpen, which no doubt influenced his decision to ask for another inning from Rodriguez. That backfired in a big way.

In three games to date, the Sox' starters have thrown 12.1 innings and allowed 22 hits and 19 runs, all but one of them earned.

The Sox mounted a threat in the ninth, with considerable help from Seattle third baseman Dylan Moore, who made errors on three consecutive plays, allowing three runs to score.  But Xander Bogaerts took three straight strikes, stranding the tying run at third base.