BOSTON (AP) -- Jed Lowrie tripled when right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki lost his fly ball in the sun, and Carl Crawford singled him home with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning.
Jamey Wright (0-1) took the loss despite getting his first four batters before Lowrie lofted one to right, where Suzuki looked helplessly as the ball hit him in the hip. After Marco Scutaro 's grounder was fielded by a drawn-in infield for the second out, Crawford lined one to center to end it.
The Red Sox won for just the second time in six games.
Seattle had won five straight, including the first two of the series. Boston had never been swept at home by the Mariners in a three-game series.
Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142-million deal to come to Boston, was hitting just .155 entering the game but singled in his last two at-bats.
Tim Wakefield made his first start of the season and held the Mariners to three hits while striking out three and walking one. He left to a standing ovation with two outs in the sixth and a runner on first, but Bobby Jenks gave up a single to Miguel Olivo and then three straight walks - two of them with the bases loaded.
Jenks faced five batters and did not get an out until Michael Saunders hit a hard line drive that was caught by Crawford in left. He was sarcastically cheered with every strike - he only threw 12 of them - and booed when he left the mound at the end of the inning.
That cost Wakefield of a decision as he tries to catch Roger Clemens and Cy Young for the all-time franchise mark for wins; the knuckleballer has 179 with Boston, 13 shy of the Red Sox record. At 44, Wakefield is the oldest pitcher to start a major-league game since Roger Clemens , who was 45 when he started for the Yankees against Boston on Sept. 16, 2007.
Boston loaded the bases in the first but failed to score, then put two on in the third and extended their slump to 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position before David Ortiz doubled off the Green Monster to score two runs. Felix Hernandez shut Boston down from there, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out a season-high 10 before leaving after seven innings.
Notes: Clay Buchholz , who was pushed back a day because he was sick on Friday, will pitch Monday against the Los Angeles Angels , with Jon Lester going on Tuesday and Josh Beckett pushed back at least to Wednesday. ... 3B Kevin Youkilis was sore and took the day off. ... Mariners C Miguel Olivo started his seventh straight game. ... "He wanted it. He deserved it. He's playing with energy and life," manager Eric Wedge said. ... OF Milton Bradley , who was ejected from Saturday night's game, sat out to get some rest. ... Hernandez moved into third on the Mariners' career list with 1,087 strikeouts.