Omar Narvaez hit a three-run homer in a seven-run third inning and the Seattle Mariners held on to defeat the visiting Boston Red Sox 10-8 Sunday afternoon.
Jay Bruce added a solo shot for the Mariners, who hit 11 home runs in taking three of four games from the defending World Series champions.
Left fielder J.D. Martinez hit a home run and drove in four runs for the Red Sox, but had a costly fielding error in the third that led to five unearned runs.
Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc (1-0) got the victory despite allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. LeBlanc walked three and struck out one.
Mariners right-hander Chasen Bradford pitched the final two-thirds of an inning for his first major-league save. Bradford entered with the score 10-7 and the bases loaded. He walked pinch-hitter Blake Swihart on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run, but then struck out Christian Vazquez and got Jackie Bradley Jr. to ground out to second to end the game. … Closer Hunter Strickland will be out up to “a couple months” after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 strain of his right lat muscle, manager Scott Servais said.
By the numbers
11: Number of home runs the Mariners hit in the four-game series against the Red Sox.
Our take from right field
M’s fans might want to keep some antacid handy – or perhaps a stiff drink. For the third straight game, the back of the bullpen proved an adventure. The Red Sox brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning and loaded the bases with one out in the ninth yet managed just one run.
The Mariners open a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m. Monday at T-Mobile Park. Angels RHP Chris Stratton and M’s RHP Felix Hernandez are both scheduled to make their first starts of the season.
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