BOSTON (AP) - Brandon Workman is in quite a rut, and so are the Boston Red Sox.
Workman gave up seven runs in the fourth inning en route to losing his seventh straight start as the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 7-3 on Saturday.
“The ball was up all day for me,” Workman said. “You can’t pitch like that. You can’t pitch everything belt high. That’s what I did today and they took advantage of it.”
Workman (1-8) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.
“On a day when we looked down and figured out we’ve got a maximum of five innings available in the bullpen, and likely four, we tried to get him through the fourth,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
It didn’t work.
Dustin Ackley’s three-run homer capped the outburst in the fourth, sending the last-place Red Sox to their seventh straight defeat.
Trailing 3-0, the Mariners chased Workman with their big inning.
Chris Denorfia had an RBI double, and Chris Taylor and Jesus Sucre added run-scoring singles before Ackley hooked a drive around the right-field foul pole. Workman’s wild pitch allowed Denorfia to score the tying run.
It was the ninth win in 12 games for the Mariners, who increased their slim lead over Detroit for the second AL wild card.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz had his streak of reaching base four times in four straight games halted, but he did walk and was hit by a pitch before leaving with a bruised left elbow.
Farrell said Ortiz should be ready to play in Sunday’s series finale.
Dustin Pedroia had a double and two singles for the Red Sox.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) struck out three in 1 1-3 innings of relief after starter Chris Young couldn’t make it out of the fourth.
Young gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest start since his second of the season when he lasted just three innings at Miami.