SEATTLE -- If the Red Sox were in any way familiar with the 2013 incarnation of the Mariners, they probably anticipated a low-scoring series. Even after plating a season-best 11 baserunners in the opener, Seattle still ranked 28th in baseball in runs with 336 entering Tuesday night.
Yet the Mariners led 5-1 by the time Allen Webster (1-2, 9.57 ERA) recorded the final out of the second inning.
Unlike Monday, the Sox overcame a poor performance from their starter and found a way to neutralize the 1-2 All-Star package that headlines Seattle’s starting rotation in a wild 11-8 win at Safeco Field.
They made Hisashi Iwakuma look nothing like the AL leader in ERA (2.60 entering Tuesday). After a torrid start, Iwakuma has been but a shade of his former self, allowing 16 runs in his last 26 innings before going three and allowing six Tuesday. This after Iwakuma went from May 26 to June 17 (31 2/3 innings) without allowing an earned run.
In the third inning Tuesday, he surrendered five of them.
Shane Victorino began with a single and Pedroia followed with a two-run home run, his sixth of the season, to make it 5-3.
David Ortiz lined a double off the wall in right-center and Mike Napoli hit one in the same direction, though his fly cleared the white Root Sports insignia painted on the wall. Ortiz finished 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and an RBI and matched Harold Baines for the most hits all time at DH with 1,688.
Ortiz and Co. weren’t done. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled and eventually scored when Brock Holt flew out to right field. The sacrifice fly gave Boston a 6-5 lead. Mariners manager Eric Wedge saw Iwakuma deliver enough pitches up in the zone to end his night after he induced a Jackie Bradley Jr. groundout to end the third.
Kendrys Morales responded by leading off the next inning with his second home run of the night. Kyle Seager, after lining a single, came around to score two batters later when Michael Saunders hit a triple to give Seattle a 7-6 lead.
Still, given the Mariners' sudden offensive resurgence -- they netted 18 runs in the first 12 innings of the series -- the lead appeared tenuous. Manager John Farrell was forced to extend his bullpen, already thinned by injuries, in Monday’s loss.
But Alfredo Aceves, Craig Breslow, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combined to work 6 2/3 innings of seven-hit, one-run ball after Webster threw 53 pitches in just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, seven runs and striking out two.