Recap - Koji implodes in Red Sox loss

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

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Koji Uehara turned in perhaps his worst performance as a major league pitcher, allowing five runs in the top of the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox 5-3 at Fenway Park on Friday night.

As disappointing as the 2014 season has been for Boston, this game marked the first time all year that they lost a game when leading after eight innings.

Yoenis Cespedes had the Red Sox on top with a towering three-run homer off Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Joe Kelly started for the Sox going five innings and allowing just one hit. He walked three and struck out five. He left the game for precautionary reasons after feeling something strange in his shoulder.

David Ortiz led Boston with two hits; he is 16 for 28 (.571) on this homestand.

Xander Bogaerts left the game after taking a pitch off his ear flap in the bottom of the fifth inning. He underwent concussion tests and the team is awaiting the results.

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