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Red Sox use two big home runs to top Mariners

Field Level Media
21 May 2022, 12:40 GMT+10

Home runs by Trevor Story and Jackie Bradley Jr. provided all of Boston's offense as the Red Sox broke Friday night's game open late for a 7-3 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners.

Just a night after his three-homer, seven-RBI performance, Story broke a scoreless tie with a grand slam in the third inning.

Story led the Sox with four RBIs on one swing of the bat, while J.D. Martinez (2-for-4, run scored) and Enrique Hernandez (2-for-3, run scored) both had multiple hits.

The visitors scored twice in the fifth and once in the eighth, but Bradley busted the score open again with a three-run homer in his only at-bat of the game during Boston's half of the eighth.

The Sox have won three straight games for the first time this season.

Ty France went 2-for-4 and Abraham Toro homered for Seattle.

Story continued his impressive series with a third-inning grand slam that sailed into the first row of Green Monster seats in left field. Christian Vazquez hit a leadoff single before Hernandez and Xander Bogaerts walked, setting up Story's two-out slam.

In his first start since May 3, Boston's Michael Wacha allowed just one hit -- a first-inning double by France -- over the first four frames before the Mariners were able to cut their deficit in half.

Seattle put together back-to-back hits in the fifth, as Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff double and scored on Toro's homer to right.

Wacha allowed another hit and walk after the home run, but Austin Davis escaped any further damage by striking out J.P. Crawford.

Wacha pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out three while allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. Davis (1-1) won in relief.

After Sox reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in a scoreless seventh, Seattle got another run closer as Jesse Winker dropped a two-out single into left. Crawford scored from second after reaching on a dropped popup, on which shortstop Bogaerts was wiped out in a collision with left fielder Alex Verdugo and briefly rolled in pain.

Bogaerts remained on the field defensively before Franchy Cordero pinch hit in the following frame and lined a single to center.

Seattle starter Robbie Ray (4-4), who hadn't allowed a grand slam in his career, struck out eight while allowing four runs on five hits through six innings.

--Field Level Media

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