Home runs by J.D. Martinez and Bobby Dalbec provided enough offense. Relievers John Schreiber, Jake Diekman, Hansel Robles, Matt Strahm, and Tanner Houck held the Mariners to one run over the final 4 2/3 innings.
Houck’s save was a thriller. He drilled leadoff hitter Ty France in the back with a two-strike fastball. The righthander came back to strike out Julio Rodriguez before J.P. Crawford dropped a soft single into left field.
“Put myself in that trouble. Next time maybe make it a little smoother,” Houck said. “Trust the defense behind me and go out there and make pitches when I have to.”
“It gets your blood boiling just a little bit more knowing you have the opportunity to put the game away,” Houck said. “I’ll do whatever I need to do to help us win.”
“We kept pushing for this,” manager Alex Cora said. “I just feel like where we’re at pitching-staff wise, losing him for three or four days [after a long relief outing] puts us in a bad spot.”
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales threw 44 pitches in the first inning but allowed only one run. That came when Xander Bogaerts doubled down the line in right field, and Rafael Devers scored standing up from first base.
With the Sox leading, 2-0, Luis Torrens led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to the gap in right. Jesse Winker drilled a slider into the stands in right field for his fourth home run.
Rob Refsnyder, recalled earlier in the day from Triple A Worcester, was hit in the back by a pitch. He went to third on a single by Devers and scored when Martinez grounded into a double play.
source: The Boston Globe