Red Sox 9, Mariners 8, 10 innings
SEATTLE (AP) _ Mike Greenwell beat the Seattle Mariners. His Boston Red Sox teammates helped a little, but Greenwell still deserves the credit.
Greenwell set a major league record by driving in all nine Boston runs, the final one scoring on his single in the 10th inning Monday night that gave the Boston Red Sox a 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Greenwell hit a two-run homer, a grand slam, a two-run double and his single to account for all nine runs.
By driving in all his team’s runs, Greenwell broke the record of eight RBIs shared by George Kelly of the New York Giants (1924) and Bob Johnson of the Philadelphia Athletics (1938).
``Greenwell had a career night. It was a weeks’ work. Two weeks’ work,″ Seattle manager Lou Piniella said.
He wasn’t the only one impressed
``I’ve never seen anything like that,″ Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy said.
Alex Rodriguez, 21, became the third youngest player to hit 35 home runs in a season when he gave the Mariners a 7-6 lead with a seventh-inning home run. The AL’s batting leader (.375) also grounded into a game-ending double play.
Rodriguez knew the score, though.
``It was Greenwell 9 and the Mariners 8,″ Rodriguez said. ``You have to give him a lot of credit.″
With the Red Sox only 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore and Chicago in the AL wild-card race, Greenwell’s hopes for one more shot in the postseason before his career ends may get realized. With six hits and 11 RBIs in the last two games, he looks like he is capable of carrying the Red Sox.
``I want to be on the next Red Sox team that wins the World Series,″ Greenwell said. ``I’ve been in four playoffs and want one more before my career is over.″
The surging Red Sox, who last won the World Series in 1918, have won 24 of 32 games and are a season-best four games over .500 (71-67).
After slipping 14 games under .500 just before the All-Star break, the Red Sox have won 15 of the last 17 games decided by one or two runs. Thirteen of those wins have come during the past 32-game stretch.
``This was a big win,″ Greenwell said. ``We have to win a lot more big games if we’re going to get in postseason this year.″
Greenwell, 34, said the Red Sox turnaround is because of a change in attitude.
``Winning is an attitude,″ Greenwell said. ``Even we were down, there was a belief in the dugout we were going to come back.″
Greenwell was out from May 3 to July 17 with a broken ring finger on his left hand. He has also missed games with a sore lower back.
In the 10th, Wil Cordero and Jeff Manto walked with one out. Greenwell followed with an RBI single to left off Rafael Carmona (6-3).
``I knew they were going to stay away from me and I just went with the pitch and hit it to left.″
Heathcliff Slocumb (3-5) pitched 2 1-3 innings.
Greenwell’s two-out double in the eighth inning off Norm Charlton had tied it 8-8.
Boston starter Roger Clemens struggled through six innings, allowing five runs and five hits. He left with a 6-5 lead, but hurt himself with throwing errors on consecutive plays in the fourth inning that led to four Seattle runs.
Notes: Only Hall of Famers Mel Ott, who was 20 years and 184 days old, and Frank Robinson, on his 21st birthday, were younger than Rodriguez when they hit their 35th homers. . ... Rodriguez has hit safely in 18 straight games. ... The Mariners recalled pitchers Wolcott, Rusty Meacham, Salomon Torres, Matt Wagner and catcher Chris Widger from the minors. They also activated outfielder Alex Diaz from the disabled list. ... Seattle’s Joey Cora was caught stealing in the first and third innings. ... It was the second time in his career that Greenwell hit two home runs in a game against the Mariners. The other occasion was May 13, 1988.