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Red Sox Pummel Mariners, 11-6

Before the season, the question surrounding the Red Sox was: Who's going to hit around Nomar Garciaparra?

There was no doubt Friday night.

Troy O'Leary had a tiebreaking bases-loaded triple after Garciaparra was intentionally walked and Brian Daubach, batting ahead of the All-Star shortstop, drove in a career-high five runs to lift Boston to an 11-6 win over the Seattle Mariners.

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  • "They've both been hitting, especially in key situations," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "O'Leary's at-bat was certainly a key at-bat to say the least."

    The Red Sox loaded the bases without a hit against reliever Jeff Fassero (4-14) in the seventh on a walk, error and intentional walk. O'Leary then hit a grounder inside the first-base bag that rolled into the corner, making it 9-6. The hit extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Jason Varitek added a sacrifice fly.

    "I had a bad day today," said O'Leary, who went hitless in four other at-bats. "It counted, though. Sometimes it takes just one."

    In August, O'Leary is hitting .373 with five homers and 19 RBIs.

    "Good hitters, sometimes it takes just one at-bat in key situations," Williams said.

    Daubach, who was released by Florida after hitting .316 with 35 homers and 124 RBIs in Triple-A last year, batted .385 with four homers and eight RBIs on the club's recent 5-2 road trip. He hit his 19th homer and had two doubles Friday.

    "It comes from playing a lot of games," he said of his recent success. "You can tell the way pitchers are going to pitch you. The more you play, the more situations you'rin."

    Darren Lewis scored a career-high five runs for the Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in nine games to move a half-game ahead of Toronto in the wild-card race.

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 29th home run for the Mariners, who had won three straight.

    Derek Lowe (3-2) pitched three innings for the win.

    Seattle tied it at 6 in the sixth when Dan Wilson doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on David Bell's slow roller to short.

    Rodriguez hit a towering drive that cleared the screen in left field after Griffey singled leading off to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Boston took a 6-5 edge in the bottom of the inning on Daubach's two-run double.

    "Anytime you let me on base freely, that's going to hurt you," Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. said. "If you continue to do that, its going to catch up. When you let guys on, it makes hitting a little bit easier."

    Seattle capitalized on a misplay to score three runs and grab a 3-1 lead in the second. Boston third baseman Donnie Sadler bobbled what should have been an inning-ending double play on Wilson's bases-loaded grounder. Rodriguez scored from third on the play to tie the game. Russ Davis' walk reloaded the bases before Brian Hunter snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a two-run single to center.

    The Red Sox regained the lead 4-3 in the third. Jose Offerman had a run-scoring groundout and Daubach hit a two-run homer, his 19th. Daubach also had an RBI double in the first.

    Boston starter Pat Rapp gave up three runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings.

    Seattle starter Freddy Garcia, who pitched a complete game but lost 1-0 last Saturday against the New York Yankees, allowed six runs in four-plus innings.


  • Red Sox catcher Scott Hatteberg, recovering from right elbow surgery May 18, was upset that he was recalled from injury rehabilitation before the game, but was not activated from the 15-day DL despite claiming he wasn't injured. "It's something they're not able to due legally and they're doing it," he said. "I've talked to the plaers association and they contacted (the Red Sox). They're aware that we know that this is something that they can not do."
  • Boston third baseman John Valentin was a late scratch due to a stiff neck.
  • Edgar Martinez's next hit will be the 1,500th of his career.

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