Recap - Victorino's first HR of the season, Kelly's strong outing lead Sox against Mariners.

Jorge Camargo
Contributing Writer

Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP Photos.
With 10 hits, including Shane Victorino's first home run of the season, the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners in the series opener 2-1.

After three scoreless innings, Victorino homered to left field to give the Red Sox an early lead. Victorino would eventually end the game, going 2-3. After Victorin's homer run, Joe Kelly got into trouble in the bottom of the 4h loading the bases with back-to-back singles from Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and a walk from Logan Morrison. With the help of an outstanding defensive play from Pedroia and Napoli, Kelly ended the inning without a run allowed.

In the bottom of the 6th, Joe Kelly got into trouble again with a walk from Cruz, a single from Seager and a wild-pitch that put both runners in scoring position. With a groundout from Logan Morrison, Cruz scored and the game was tied. Kelly came back for the bottom of the 7th, were he walked Chris Taylor with one out and was pulled out from Farrell. We could see how mad was Kelly when Farrell took the ball away from him. After all, he only allowed one run in 7.1 innings. The highlight of the inning was a defensive play from Victorino, when Justin Ruggiano hit a fly ball to right fielder and Victorino made an impressive catch and throw that would eventually end the inning.

The game was still tied in the top of the 9th, when Brock Holt hit a leadoff double. Xander Bogaerts advanced Holt to 3rd base, and Pablo Sandoval entered the game as a pinch-hitter, replacing Blake Swihart. After Sandoval was hit by pitch, Mookie Betts hit a sac-fly that would turn into a field error by Rickie Weeks. Holt scored on the error, and Boston had the lead again.

Koji took the mound in the bottom of the 9th, and retired the side to give Boston the win in the first game of the series

If the Red Sox win on Friday, they would be back at .500.

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