seems fully recovered from his poor start to the season.
Ortiz, swinging on a 3-0 pitch, had a tying RBI single to trigger a five-run seventh inning, and the
avoided a three-game sweep by beating the
8-4 on Sunday.
''It's nice to see David feel good about himself, where he feels good enough to commit like that,'' Boston manager
Ortiz, who was hitting just .185 with just one homer at the end of May, also hit a solo homer Sunday. He's hit safely in 24
of his last 29 games and raised his average to .225.
''That was a big hit for us,'' said
, who was on first. ''If I was over a bit that shot would have got me.''
Pedroia homered among his three hits for the
, who have not been swept at home this season. They also averted their first three-game losing streak at Fenway Park, where
they improved to 26-12.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Boston took the lead against Seattle's bullpen. Ortiz's two-out RBI single tied it against
(5-3) after J.D. Drew walked and Pedroia singled. Reliever
then came in and walked consecutive batters, with
's walk forcing in the go-ahead run.
Kotsay followed with a two-run single, making it 7-4. Ellsbury then scored on
's passed ball before reliever
ended it by striking out
Ellsbury also hit a solo homer for Boston.
had a bases-loaded triple for Seattle, which won its first series in Boston since 2001.
''I thought we put ourselves in a position to win,'' Seattle manager
said. ''I thought we played this game similarly to how we have the last four or five game, going into the seventh with a one-run
Seattle, which has never swept a three-game series in Fenway, completed a nine-game road trip against the Dodgers, Yankees
''It was a big win,'' Pedroia said. ''Obviously you don't want to get swept at home.''
(3-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
Pedroia homered into the Green Monster seats and Ortiz hit his over the Mariners' bullpen in the first to give Boston a 2-0
The Mariners, who came back from early 2-0 deficits to win the series' first two games, took advantage of Pedroia's error
to score three unearned runs on Cedeno's triple in the fourth.
Pedroia dropped third baseman
' throw on a potential inning-ending grounder with runners on first and second and one out. After
struck out, Cedeno's slicing drive down the right-field line bounced in front of a sliding Drew and rolled into the corner.
allowed four runs - one earned - on eight hits, striking out nine and walking three while throwing a season-high 122 pitches.
He had surrendered three or fewer runs in his last six starts, going 4-1.
gave up three runs, six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
''I thought it was my best outing,'' Morrow said.
' sacrifice fly made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Ellsbury's shot into the Mariners' pen cut it to one in the sixth.
NOTES: Francona decided to have a little fun with all-star selection
. After having the other five -
, Pedroia, Youkilis,
- in the office, he wanted to tell the 42-year old Wakefield he didn't make it. ''It didn't last very long,'' Francona said.
Wakefield's version of the story was: ''It was pretty funny. I was actually in the weight room doing my work and (pitching
coach John) Ferrell had come in and said, 'Tito wants to see you after he talks to the other guys.' I didn't know what other
guys. Then I got to his office and the office was closed. When it opened, he called me into the office and I saw all the other
guys walking out with their all-star packages. He sat me down and tried to play it off like it wasn't good news. He couldn't
hold the laughter.'' ... RHP
were the Mariners' All-Star selections. ''We told them how proud we are of them,'' Wakamatsu said.