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Mike Carp hit a three-run homer for the Mariners in the eighth -- the second homer of Carp's career -- off of reliever Franklin Morales to cut the lead to 7-4. It was Seattle's first run since Suzuki started the game with a single, stole second and third and scored on Dustin Ackley's single.
Ellsbury led off the third with a solo homer that cleared the bullpens in right field and put Boston up 2-1. The score held until the Red Sox got to Hernandez in the seventh.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury started the rally with singles, the Pedroia walked to load the bases with one out. Adrian Gonzalez then poked a bases-loaded single to center, bouncing the ball over second base and driving in Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury.
"If that goes at somebody we've got a double play and we're still right in the ballgame," Wedge said.
Kevin Youkilis followed with a double, scoring Pedroia scored and Gonzalez made it all the way around from first on left fielder Mike Carp's throwing error.
David Ortiz added a single that drove in Youkilis and put Boston up 7-1.
"We finally broke through, but it took us awhile," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
The Red Sox have won nine of 11 and reached 60 wins in the least amount of games since 1979. Boston won its 60th game in 97 tries, the fastest the 1979 club won 60 in 95 games.
NOTES: The Red Sox held a moment of silence before the game in memory of Myra Kraft, wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. ... Seattle RHP David Aardsma had successful Tommy John surgery Friday. ... Injured Seattle pitchers Erik Bedard and Shawn Kelley are both scheduled to throw simulated games in Boston on Saturday. Manager Eric Wedge said he hopes to have Bedard, out since June 27 with a knee injury, start a game next week. Kelley, on the 60-day disabled list, hasn't pitched all season because of an elbow injury. ... Former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who retired after last season, visited the clubhouse before the game. ... Josh Reddick got his second straight start in right field in place of a slumping J.D. Drew. "He's swinging the bat awfully well," said manager Terry Francona, who said he phoned Drew Thursday night to tell him of the decision. Francona said LHP Jon Lester (side strain) is on pace to return Monday against Kansas City.
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