Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino and Adam Lind hit solo home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night, handing Rick Porcello his first loss since May.
Cruz hit his 27th homer of the season leading off the seventh inning, Zunino hit his fifth leading off the sixth and Lind capped Seattle’s scoring with his 16th of the season with two outs in the seventh. They were the only three hits allowed by Porcello until Zunino’s single in the eighth, but enough to hand the right-hander his first loss since May 17 against Kansas City. Porcello (14-3) had won his past eight decisions.
Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma (12-7) rebounded from a season-worst performance against the Chicago Cubs to limit Boston to five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Before the stumble against the Cubs, Iwakuma had won his previous five decisions. He was dominant from the start against the Red Sox, striking out four of the first five batters. Only one runner managed to reach second base in the first seven innings against Iwakuma, that coming in the third when Andrew Benintendi got his first major-league hit and advanced to second on Brock Holt’s two-out single. Benintendi was stranded when Xander Bogaerts fouled out to end the inning.
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Iwakuma struck out seven and walked none, leaving with one out in the eighth after Benintendi’s second hit. Mookie Betts greeted reliever Drew Storen with a single to advance Benintendi to second, but he was stranded there again after Bogaerts flied out to the warning track in left.
Rookie Edwin Diaz gave up a run in the ninth on Travis Shaw’s RBI groundout but got Sandy Leon for the final out and his second save.
Porcello made an otherwise strong start. He struck out eight and walked one.