Recap - Drew's hit puts Sox back into 1st

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Stephen Drew's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifteenth inning drove home Dustin Pedroia with the winning run as the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 at Fenway Park. The walk-off victory was the tenth for the Sox, coming in their longest game of the season.

The win, combined with Tampa's loss to Arizona, put the Red Sox back in first place in the American League East.

The final frame had more than Drew's offensive heroics. Jonny Gomes also recorded an unassisted double play in the top of the inning as recounted here on

The Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Kyle Seager, who would also tie the game later in the eighth with a solo home run off Junichi Tazawa. The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead briefly in the bottom of the fifth inning on some shoddy Seattle fielding and an RBI-fielder's choice by Dustin Pedroia. After the M's rallied for two in the top of the sixth, Pedroia put Boston back on top in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run blast into the parking lot on the other side of Lansdowne Street, his eighth home run of the season.

John Lackey gave the Sox a workman-like outing going seven innings, charged with three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six. Koji Uehara two scoreless innings needing just nineteen pitches to record those six outs. Drake Britton pitched the final two innings and earned his first career win. The Red Sox bullpen tossed seven scoreless innings.

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