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Gutierrez homers again at Fenway, but that is all Mariners get in series finale loss

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6/19 at BOS by TOM HAYDEN

FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA. ----

The Mariners were very narrowly defeated on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park for what was a Game 3 rubber match between our M's and the 39-29 Boston Red Sox. On a warm, beautiful Father's day in Beantown, RHP Taijuan Walker took the hill for the fourteenth time of his season despite the sore foot. Offensively, the M's were hitting the ball throughout the day, but they failed to plate any runs other than a Franklin Gutierrez solo blast in the fourth inning off of BOS LHP David Price. The Mariners went 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left 5 on base in this one. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to 36-33 on the season and are now 8.5 games in back of the 45-25 Texas Rangers who sit atop first place in the American League West. 

RHP Taijuan Walker made start number 14 of his season on Sunday afternoon in Boston going 5.0 scoreless innings giving up only 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 Red Sox in his outing. A lot of Mariners' fans are saying manager Scott Servais pulled Walker too early, and that if he were to keep pitching then it would've been a different story at the end. First things first, despite the 5.0 shut out innings, Walker had already tossed 88 pitches and was working with a foot that we know was OK for him to make the start with, BUT may not have been in a comfortable state through 5.0 innings. I believe the 5.0 innings was what was expected/planned for Walker's length of outing anyways. Taijuan's outing ended in a no decision therefore he didn't suffer a loss. He now has an ERA of 3.45 and maintains a W-L record of 3-6 through 14 starts this season, 75.2 innings pitched. Relieving Taijuan were LHP Vidal Nuño (1.75 ERA), RHP Edwin Diaz (2.35 ERA) and RHP Nick Vincent (2.81 ERA). Nuño suffered his second blown save of the season in 0.2 innings of work. Vidal gave up a ground out FC to BOS 1B Hanley Ramirez with a runner on third for Boston to tie the game at 1. Nuño would later catch Ramirez "sleeping" off of first base as he was able to pick him off and retire him in a pickle. For Edwin Diaz in his sixth appearance of his career, he suffered his first loss (0-1) as he gave up 1 run on 2 hits (earned) while walking 2 and striking out 1 in his outing. Diaz gave up a solo homer to BOS RF Mookie Betts up in the Green Monster in the seventh inning of this one to give Boston a 2-1 lead. 

Offensively, the Mariners combined for 8 hits on the afternoon. RF Franklin Gutierrez (.259 AVG), batting second in the lineup, connected for his third home run of the series (had 2 on Friday night in our Game 1 win) in the fourth inning off of BOS LHP David Price. The RBI was Franklin's 21st of his season, and the home run was for his 8th of the season. Guti went 2-4 at the plate on Sunday. Also contributing offensively was 2B Robinson Canó (.301 AVG) who had a 2-hit day for Seattle. 3B Kyle Seager (.271 AVG) also connected for a powerful hit off of the Green Monster in this one. 

With a so far unfortunate 6-12 record in the month of June, the Mariners will look to turn things around starting on Monday night in Detroit, Michigan as our 36-33 M's take on the 34-35 Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. RHP Nathan Karns (5-2, 4.06 ERA) will look to continue what has been success in his career against Detroit on Monday night in his fourteenth start of 2016. Karns and the M's will face DET RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-7, 4.79 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 1 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio for listening. First pitch start time- 4:10 PM PAC, 7:10 PM ET!

Mariners 365 Notes: 

The Mariners have acquired RHP Zach Lee from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for INF Chris Taylor. Lee will add depth AAA Tacoma's rotation, helping out with the current injuries in the Mariners starting rotation (Miley, Hernandez). In 13 games this season with the Dodgers AAA ball club, (AAA Oklahoma City), Lee went 7-5 with an ERA of 4.89, in 73.2 innings pitched giving up 47 runs on 95 hits. 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue. 

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