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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle3 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 8130
Boston3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6130
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  W: D. Leone (7-2)   L: A. Webster (3-2)   S: F. Rodney (38)
10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT, August 24, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 37,022

Mariners-Red Sox Preview

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox have won nine consecutive home games against the Mariners -- tied for the second-longest (Yankees, 10 straight home wins vs. Brewers) active home win streak by any team against one opponent.
  2. The Red Sox, who have lost five consecutive home games, have lost six straight home games on just three occasions since 1995.
  3. The Mariners have been caught stealing seven times over their last eight games, after being caught just five times over their previous 43 games.
  4. David Ortiz has hit at least 30 home runs for the ninth time in his career -- tied (with Adam Dunn) for the third-most 30-homer seasons by an active player (Alex Rodriguez 14, Albert Pujols 12).
  5. Felix Hernandez has allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last 17 starts -- the second-longest such streak in the majors since 1914 (Zack Greinke, 21 games spanning the 2013-14 seasons).
  6. Robinson Cano has recorded 33 multi-hit road games against the Red Sox since 2005 -- the fourth-most multi-hit road games by any player against any team over that span.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2014 thru 8/24/2014

By JEFF BARTL

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Hisashi Iwakuma continues to impress for the Seattle Mariners, whose current hot stretch has helped them grab a slim lead for the AL's second wild card.

He hasn't been very impressive against the Boston Red Sox, though.

The right-hander looks to win a fourth straight start as Seattle seeks its first ever three-game sweep at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57 ERA) has posted a 0.61 ERA in four outings this month and has 120 strikeouts against only 12 walks on the season. He struck out a season-best 11 with no walks over eight scoreless innings of Tuesday's 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

"He was outstanding," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He commanded all of his pitches. He was in and out, up and down. Did a tremendous job for us."

Iwakuma hasn't been nearly as good against Boston, going 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA in three starts, including allowing a season worst-tying five runs in four innings of a 5-4 loss June 25 in his shortest outing of the season.

David Ortiz is 4 for 7 with two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes is 8 for 22 with three homers and four doubles off Iwakuma.

Ortiz had reached base four times in four straight games prior to Sunday, when he walked and was hit by a pitch before leaving a 7-3 loss early with a bruised left elbow.

Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer as Seattle (70-58) overcame a three-run deficit with a seven-run fourth inning. The Mariners have a slight edge over Detroit for the second wild-card slot.

"I don't care how we get (runs) as long as we get them," McClendon said. "That was nice, to bounce back like that."

Seattle entered this series having lost nine straight at Fenway Park, and it has never earned a sweep of at least three games there since entering the league in 1977.

It will look to end that streak as it faces Allen Webster, who hopes to have better control in this contest.

Webster (3-1, 4.73) had a solid outing Tuesday, giving up three runs in six innings of Boston's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He's pitched at least six innings in his last three starts.

"It's good to see him continue to back up outings in a positive way and build some momentum," manager John Farrell said. "I'm sure (he has) some confidence in his own right."

The right-hander walked two to give him 18 compared to 13 strikeouts in five starts.

"I've just got to keep telling myself to trust my stuff," Webster said. "Let them put the ball in play."

The Red Sox (56-73) have had some trouble doing that themselves lately, getting outscored 38-15 during a seven-game losing streak, with each defeat coming at home.

Boston could get a lift at some point from Cuban defector Rusney Castillo, whose seven-year, $72.5 million contract officially was announced Sunday. Farrell said he's hoping Castillo can get some at-bats in the minors before playing for the Red Sox.

"Above-average speed, can play center field or right field," Farrell said. "What kind of power? What kind of average? Obviously, our scouts liked him enough. If the reports are true, it's a significant investment and it's an exciting, athletic player, from all accounts."

Updated August 23, 2014

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