BOSTON – Dustin Ackley sure loved facing the Red Sox pitching.
Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners beat Boston 8-6 on Sunday for the Red Sox’s eighth straight loss.
Ackley had a triple, double and single, finishing 13-for-25 in six games against Boston this season. The Mariners completed their first-ever sweep in a series of three or more games at Fenway Park.
“It’s a good place to hit, especially for a lefty,” he said. “You’ve got that wall over there. It’s a good spot to hit and we made the most of it today.”
Kyle Seager drove in two runs for Seattle in a game that lasted 4 hours, 7 minutes.
“Probably the best word I can probably think of is very draining,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Boston stranded 15 runners and was 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
“We had a number of opportunities we created for ourselves once again,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “For us to snap out where we are, this is going to come from us on the mound.”
Dominic Leone (7-2) worked 2⅔ innings of hitless relief for the win. Fernando Rodney escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 38th save and the Mariners’ pen held Boston to one run over 6 2-3.
Will Middebrooks had a two-run double and drove in three runs for Boston, which is on its worst stretch since losing 10 straight in May.
Middlebrooks’ two-run double gave Boston a 5-3 lead in the third and chased starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who gave up five runs on six hits over 2⅓ innings, his shortest start of the season.
Iwakuma entered with a 17⅔ innings scoreless streak, but that ended four batters into the first.
Angels 9, Athletics 4
In Oakland, Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Trout also went deep as the Angels regained the best record in baseball.
Indians 3, Astros 1
In Cleveland, Trevor Bauer took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time since July 18.
Yankees 7, White Sox 4 (10)
In New York, pinch hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th.
Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and the Yankees rallied for their fourth straight victory following a 2-7 slide. Ichiro finished 2-for-4.
Rangers 3, Royals 1
In Arlington, Texas, Scott Baker won as a starter for the first time in more than three years.
Norichika Aoki went 0-for-4 for the Royals.
Tigers 13, Twins 4
In Minneapolis, Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs.
Rays 2, Blue Jays 1 (10)
In Toronto, Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning.
Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-4 for Toronto.
Rangers playing it safe
Arlington Texas KYODO
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday that Yu Darvish will not return to the rotation until he is completely free of symptoms of inflammation in his right elbow.
“No. 1 factor here is get the medical staff and have Yu completely symptom-free, completely clear (on the) MRI. I just think it doesn’t make a lot of sense of letting him get back out there if there is any added risk,” said Daniels.
“That’s the position we’re taking, and we’d all love to see him back out there for a variety of different reasons. We’re not going to take any chances, that’s my call, the organization’s call. There is too much to lose for 2015 to risk an injury.”
Tanaka to test elbow
New York KYODO
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will continue to work toward a September return to the big leagues with a simulated game on Thursday at Detroit, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday.
Girardi said that Tanaka, who is on the DL with an elbow injury that has sidelined him since July 9, reported no issues after throwing 35 pitches in a simulated game off the mound at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
“I have not had any emergency meetings in my office. That’s a great sign,” Girardi said.