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10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, May 11, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,024

Mariners look to rebound vs. Red Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox

  1. Seattle is 6-5 against the defending champion Red Sox since 2018, one of five teams with a winning record against Boston since then (minimum five games). The Mariners have averaged 5.73 runs per game against the Red Sox since 2018, the most by any team against Boston (minimum five games).
  2. The Mariners lost three of four against the Yankees in their last series, scoring a combined eight runs in the three losses but putting up 10 runs in the lone win. Seattle is averaging 8.20 runs per game in wins this season, second most in MLB (Rangers, 8.88).
  3. After starting the season 6-13, the Red Sox are back to .500 with a 13-6 record since April 19. They have posted a 3.15 ERA since April 19, second best in MLB behind the Cubs (2.77).
  4. Domingo Santana hit his eighth home run of the season yesterday against the Yankees after hitting five homers in all of 2018 with Milwaukee. Santana is the fifth Mariners player to reach eight home runs on the season, tied with the Astros for most in MLB.
  5. Mookie Betts has posted a .500 on-base percentage over his last 18 games dating back to April 19, tied with Christian Yelich for best in MLB (minimum 50 PA). Betts has 40 hits and 26 walks on the season -- the only other player in MLB with 40+ hits and 25+ walks is Tampa Bay's Tommy Pham.
  6. Edwin Encarnacion has hit 33 home runs against Boston in his career, including one in Seattle's first series against Boston this year. Among active players, only Jose Bautista has more homers against the Red Sox (43).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/10/2019 thru 5/12/2019

Finally above .500, the Boston Red Sox have come a long way since losing three of four to begin the season in Seattle. Unfortunately for the Mariners, they're a long way from those days as well.

While Boston seized its first winning record of the year with a 14-1 win on Friday, Seattle fell below .500 for the first time. The Mariners will look to rebound from the defeat when they play Game 2 of the three-game series in Boston on Saturday afternoon.

Having lost 10 of their last 12 games, the Mariners will send struggling right-hander Felix Hernandez (1-3, 5.20 ERA) to the mound. The Red Sox will counter with righty Rick Porcello (2-3, 5.11).

Boston's bats were relentless in the series opener. After scoring four times in the third inning -- three coming on a Mitch Moreland home run -- the Red Sox crossed the plate in each of the next five frames, including another four-spot in the bottom of the eighth. When the damage was done, Boston won for the ninth time in its last 11 games, outscoring opponents 80-30 in that stretch.

"We didn't play well, so we needed to get back to .500," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "We did it without playing our best baseball, I think. We still can do better. Now the goal is to get to five over .500, and so on and so on. That's how you do it. You can't start looking at 10 or 20. It's by stages. We'll try to get to five over .500 as soon as possible and then go from there."

On the other side, the Mariners have allowed opponents to score more than 10 runs in four games since their most-recent funk began April 27. Seattle's 13-2 start to the season seems a distant memory now.

"I'm confident that these guys will come out tomorrow and put this game behind them," said Manny Acta, who is serving as manager while Scott Servais misses the first two games of the series to attend his daughter's graduation. "Like mama always said, 'You'll have days like this.'"

Hernandez is no stranger to days like this the past few years. Last time out against the New York Yankees, the former Cy Young winner allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five innings. The 33-year-old largely dominated Boston early in his career, though the Red Sox have roughed him up for 16 runs (15 earned) in his past three starts against them.

Porcello, meanwhile, is rolling after a slow start with a 2-0 record and a 2.45 ERA across his last four outings. He is 6-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 14 career starts against Seattle, though the Mariners tagged him four nine runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings on March 31.

Rafael Devers is red hot for the Red Sox, with 15 RBIs in his last 15 games after driving in a season-high four Friday. For the Mariners, former top prospect J.P. Crawford had two hits in his team debut after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day with Dee Gordon (wrist) day-to-day.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 11, 2019

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