The American League East leading Boston Red Sox visit the AL West leading Seattle Mariners in the third game of a four-game series between the division leaders.
In the first game on Thursday, Xander Bogaerts belted a home run during the sixth inning to break a tie and lead the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory. The win was Boston’s fourth straight and moved them one game ahead in the AL East over the New York Yankees. David Prices is now 8-4 on the season after pitching four-hit ball through seven innings. The win was Price’s sixth in his last seven starts. Craig Kimbrel notched his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth inning. The win gave Boston 48 on the season which leads the majors, while snapping a Seattle four-game winning streak.
Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox with a .345 batting average. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with team highs in home runs with 22, RBIs with 55 and hits with 79. Boston has a team batting average of .263 while opposing hitters are averaging .227 at the plate against Red Sox pitching. On Saturday, the Red Sox will send Steven Wright to the mound. The knuckleballer on the season is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.21, 25 Ks and 16 BBs.
Jean Segura leads the Mariners with a .342 batting average and a team high 95 hits. Mitch Haniger leads Seattle with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. Seattle has a team batting average of .260 while opposing hitters are averaging .244 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Saturday, Seattle will send Wade LeBlanc to the mound. The left-hander this season is 2-0 with an ERA of 3.00, 43 Ks and 14 BBs.