The two teams played their 63rd series of three or more games at Fenway over the weekend, and the Mariners were finally able to break out the brooms.
Friday's series opener was undoubtedly the most interesting of the bunch, as the Red Sox carried a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning, only to watch All-Star closer Koji Uehara allow five runs, the most he's given up in any of his 276 career relief appearances. Prior to Friday's game, the suddenly struggling Uehara hadn't even allowed five or more runs in a calendar month since August 2011.
After retiring two of the first three batters he faced, Uehara surrendered a walk, followed by four consecutive hits. Fellow Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica came in to record the third out of the inning, and then Mariners closer Fernando Rodney shut the door in the bottom of the ninth.
The next two wins were rather ordinary, as the Mariners merely took advantage of the makeshift Boston rotation, winning 7-3 on Saturday and 8-6 on Sunday. Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley was the star of the series, recording five hits—including a home run, triple and double—in 13 at-bats, with six RBI, five runs and a stolen base.
While the length of the Mariners' sweep-less streak is surprising, that they've struggled at Fenway is not.
With just four playoff appearances in their 38-year history, the Mariners are nobody's picture of a successful franchise, despite playing host to first-rate superstars like Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez.
The Red Sox have qualified for the playoffs 13 times since the Mariners' inception while suffering through just eight losing campaigns (this year included) over the past 38 years.
Of course, the story has been quite a bit different this season, as the Mariners are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since they won 116 games in 2001.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, carry an eight-game losing streak and 56-74 record into Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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