It was a bit of a pitcher's duel for a while as Doug Fister carried a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Sox offense got busy. Beltre singled, Lowrie reached on an error and Nava drew a walk to load the bases. Singles by Scutaro and Drew put 3 up on the board for the Sox. The Mariners weren't done yet, though. They put up 2 more runs in the top of the 6th on 3 singles and an error (by Lackey), to tie up the game again. The Sox bats started to get restless again in the 7th inning scoring 3 more times on 5 singles, a sac fly and a sac bunt. Seven of nine starters got hits, with Scutaro, Drew, and Beltre each getting 2 hits, for a total of 10 hits.
Sox 6 Mariners 3 BOX SCORE
* Zitosis: a condition that free agents are most susceptible to after signing huge, abominable contracts. The most common symptom is a drastic decline of the player's performance in the first 1 to 3 or 4 years after signing the contract. Other symptoms may include apathy for the new team's performance; moodiness; callous attitude for the player's own poor performance; and disruptive behavior in the dugout, clubhouse and in public.