BOSTON(AP) Seattle closer
is a lot like the rest of the Mariners. He wasn't expected to do a lot this season.
's bases-loaded pop up in the ninth inning dropped behind a partially draw-in infield to score the go-ahead run, lifting Seattle
to a 3-2 win over the
Boston Red Sox
''We wouldn't be in this situation without him,'' Seattle manager
said of his newfound closer. ''But it's a credit to him. He's worked so hard. He started in spring training, bounced around
from team to team a little bit and just came up on a mission this year. He's found a home here.''
Aardsma's not one of the bigger-named closers in the AL, but he pitched a perfect ninth Sunday to improve to 17-for-18 in
''This year I've been throwing a lot of strikes,'' said Aardsma, who struggled with the
last season, going 4-2 with a 5.55 ERA before missing significant time with a strained groin. ''Last year if I threw ball
one it would have been like, 'Oh, here I go again.' This year it's not a big deal.''
Just like their game-winning rally, the Mariners are quietly creeping up in the AL West.
The rally started when
(2-2) walked the bases full with one out.
hit a two-run homer for Boston, which also lost Friday's series opener. The
had won their previous seven series overall. It was just their third series loss in their last 12 in Fenway Park.
drove in the other two runs for the Mariners.
Woodward's pop fell behind first baseman
and second baseman
's diving bid, scoring pinch runner
from third easily.
''It was a long inning for him,'' Boston manager
said. ''Because of lack of command you get in a situation where you have runners all over the bases and you have to play the
infield somewhat in.''
''I'm not usually the kind of pitcher to give up a lot of walks to begin with. I can't remember another incident like today,''
Saito said through a translator.
(2-0) worked 1 2-3 innings of hitless relief.
''We keep talking about guys stepping up,'' Wakamatsu said. ''Corcoran was the story of the day. Here's a guy who hadn't pitched
in seven days.''
Varitek homered over the Green Monster after
walked to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second.
Seattle scored runs in the third and fifth to tie it at 2.
Branyan doubled into the left-field corner to score
, who singled leading off the third.
Woodward opened the fifth with a single, advanced to second on
's bunt single, moved up on Suzuki's line to right and scored on Branyan's sacrifice fly.
stole his 35th base, becoming the first
player to reach that mark in consecutive years since
from 1912-14. He also became the first AL player to do it in consecutive years before the All-Star break since soon-to-be
2009 Hall of Fame inductee
did it in 1988-90.
gave up two runs, six hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings. He's winless in six of his last seven outings.
''You look at the last two games, the two guys pitched pretty well, sometimes you lose. It happens,'' Penny said.
Boston lost 7-6 in 11 innings on Friday night.
allowed two runs on fours hits, striking out five and walking four in 6 1-3 innings.
Olson escaped a first-and-third no out jam in the sixth when he caught off third Baldelli on Ellsbury's grounder back to the
then bounced into a double play.
NOTES: Francona rested DH
and inserted Baldelli into his spot with the left-handed Olson starting. Ortiz pinch hit and lined out. ... LHP
, on the 15-day DL since June 8 with shoulder inflammation, is set to start Tuesday against Baltimore. Bedard threw 54 pitches
in a simulated game Friday. ''I just had a little thing in my back,'' Aardsma said afterward. ...
C Varitek wore a red-white-and-blue chest protector that he will auction for charity.