The Boston Red Sox squeezed by the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday at Safeco Field in the Pacific Northwest, in a showdown of two of the top teams in the American League.
Leading the way for the Red Sox, 5/9 to win the American League, was starting pitcher David Price (8-4), as the 32-year-old left-handed ace from Murfreesboro, Tennessee went the first seven innings while allowing one earned run on five hits, conceding zero walks and striking out a game high seven batters for the contest.
A solo shot from Xander Bogaerts turned out to be the difference in the clash of what were Division leaders.
However, the loss drops the Mariners from top spot in the American League West, as the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros are now half-a-game up on Seattle in the division.
Seattle, 10000/1 to win the World Series, did receive a solid start in defeat from their own long-term ace Felix Hernandez (6-6), as the 32-year-old right handed hurler from Valencia, Venezuela lasted seven innings while surrendering two earned runs on eight hits, allowing only one walk and fanning six batters for the game.
Hernandez is demonstrably not the same pitcher that he was but can still turn it on every now and again.
The visitors from Massachusetts will now send out Rick Porcello to the mound in Game 2 of the series to take on James Paxton.
Seattle's new ace is 5-0 since May and is a rare 2-0 against Boston in his career. With the top five in the American League moving away from any challengers this series continues to feel like a playoff preview.
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