BOSTON – Down to their final strike, the Seattle Mariners put a dramatic end to more than three years of futility at Fenway Park.
Austin Jackson hit a bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run, bloop single as the Mariners rallied to score five times and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Friday night.
“The first three hours of that game we didn’t look very good,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Then all of a sudden, with two outs, we turned it on. I can’t figure it out.”
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway that began in May 2011.
The Mariners had managed only two hits through the first eight innings, then got five against Uehara in the ninth and extended Boston’s losing streak to six.
Dominic Leone (6-2) pitched one inning of relief for the victory and Fernando Rodney got his 37th save.
Boston starter Joe Kelly limited the Mariners to one hit in five solid innings and three relievers preserved the shutout until Uehara’s collapse in the ninth.
Uehara had an 0-2 count on Jackson, who drove the next pitch down the line in left to cut the lead to 3-2. Ackley was next and hit a blooper to shallow left just out of shortstop Brock Holt’s reach as he made a diving attempt.
Twins 20, Tigers 6
In Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar had a career-high five hits, including a homer and a triple.
Athletics 5, Angels 3
In Oakland, Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak.
Yankees 4, White Sox 3
In New York, Martin Prado hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning.
Ichiro Suzuki, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth, led off the ninth with a single and scored the winning run. He went 1-for-2.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 0
In Toronto, Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired his final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career.
Astros 5, Indians 1
In Cleveland, Jon Singleton hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning.
Royals 6, Rangers 3
In Arlington, Texas, rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki was 0-for-3 with an RBI.
Giants 10, Nationals 3
In Washington, the Nationals’ winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games.
Marlins 13, Rockies 5
In Denver, Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam for his third homer in three games.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 4
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs, and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning.
Dodgers 6, Mets 2
In Los Angeles, Dan Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson.
Pirates 8, Brewers 3
In Milwaukee, Josh Harrison homered and drove in a career-high five runs.
Braves 3, Reds 1 (12)
In Cincinnati, Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the 12th.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1
In Phoenix, Josh Collmenter came two outs away from a complete game.
Cubs 4, Orioles 1
In Chicago, Jake Arrieta shut down his former team.