Mariners 4, Red Sox 3 (10 innings)
BOSTON (AP) _ Ken Griffey Jr. broke his 11-game homerless streak and Brian Turang singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, but Seattle’s biggest swing may have been Keith Mitchell’s groundout to the pitcher in the fifth.
Mitchell’s liner off Aaron Sele’s leg led to the pitcher’s departure after eight innings with Boston ahead 3-1. The Mariners then pounded reliever Ken Ryan for a 4-3 win Thursday night.
″Sele was hit in the nerve on the (right) calf,″ Red Sox manager Butch Hobson said. ″It was bothering him and he said he couldn’t go any longer. He was really working to (get through) the eighth.″
Sele managed to throw Mitchell out to end the inning and allowed one run and three hits in eight innings. Ryan (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits in two innings.
″At the beginning of the game, Sele was real tough,″ Turang said. ″Ryan throws pretty hard. He challenged me. He was giving me pitches to hit.″
Randy Johnson (10-4) struck out nine and allowed five hits in raising his record to 8-1 over his last 11 games. He allowed a two-run single to Wes Chamberlain in the fourth and a run in the fifth. But after the Mariners tied the game in the ninth on RBI singles by Edgar Martinez and Tino Martinez, Johnson struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.
″It’s pretty indicative of the way I pitch,″ Johnson said. ″As soon as I get a lead late in the game, I raise my level.″
Griffey’s major league-leading 33rd homer cut Boston’s lead to 3-1 in the seventh. He also doubled and scored the tying run in the ninth.
″I was just trying to get on base (in the seventh). We were down 3-0. I can’t hit a three-run homer leading off,″ Griffey said.
Ryan, who protected a lead or tie in 18 of 19 chances before Thursday night, said he felt good. Even the pitch that Griffey lined to left in the ninth was decent.
″He hit a fastball the other way,″ Ryan said. ″What can I say? He’s hitting the ball well.″
Bobby Ayala pitched the 10th for his 12th save, ending Seattle’s four-game losing streak. Boston has lost three in a row.
Marc Newfield, in a 1-for-15 slump, led off the 10th with a double and moved to third on Dan Wilson’s sacrifice. Turang then lined the game-winning single to center.
The Red Sox broke up a pitcher’s duel between Sele and Johnson on Chamberlain’s two-run single. They took a 3-0 lead in the fifth when Lee Tinsley stole second and third and came home on catcher Wilson’s throwing error.
Johnson retired Boston’s first 10 batters before Tim Naehring singled in the fourth. John Valentin doubled and Andre Dawson was walked intentionally, loading the bases. Tom Brunansky flied to left for the second out before Chamberlain’s single.
The only runners against Sele were Martinez in the second, Griffey on a walk in the third and his homer, and Turang on a single in the sixth. Notes:. The Red Sox loaded the starting lineup with seven right-handed hitters and two switch hitters against Johnson, a lefty. ... Wilson, who was 7-for-15 on the current road trip, went 0-for-3. ... Naehring, who played the other three infield positions for Boston this year, made his first start at first base in his five major league seasons. He had 10 putouts in the first five innings. ... Boston’s Scott Fletcher went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 19 at bats. ... Johnson has pitched nine innings in four of his last six starts.