Boston at Seattle Mariners
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
SEATTLE – David Price has not lost in over a month and looks to keep his hot streak going when the Boston Red Sox continue their 10-game road trip with the first of four at the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Price, who is 5-0 over his last six outings, will square off against former American League Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez in the series opener.
Boston opened the trek by completing a three-game sweep of major league-worst Baltimore, outscoring the Orioles 13-5 to improve to 24-11 away from home. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts clubbed solo home runs for the surging Red Sox, giving the duo 22 and 18 blasts, respectively. Speaking of the long ball, Seattle got a lot of mileage out of it in a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels to remain atop the AL West. The Mariners went deep 10 times in the series, including four by Ryon Healy and three by Mitch Haniger, who swatted a walk-off two-run shot in Wednesday’s 8-6 victory.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), ROOT Northwest (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (7-4, 4.00 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Félix Hernández (6-5, 5.70)
Price won his third straight outing by limiting the Chicago White Sox to two runs and five hits over six innings on Saturday and has surrendered a combined 12 runs during his six-start unbeaten streak dating to May 12. He has made seven career starts against the Mariners, posting a 3-1 record and 2.62 ERA while holding them to a collective .204 batting average. Nelson Cruz is 9-for-28 with a pair of homers off Price.
Hernandez followed up his longest outing of the year with his shortest, lasting three innings and permitting six runs (five earned) on seven hits in a loss at Tampa Bay. He beat the Rays in his previous turn with eight dominant innings, allowing one run on five hits while matching his season high with seven strikeouts. Hernandez is 8-4 with a 4.01 ERA lifetime versus the Red Sox, but he hasn’t beaten them since 2014.
1. Cruz has five homers and seven RBIs in his last five games.
2. Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi was 5-for-10 with five walks in the series versus Baltimore.
3. Healy was 6-for-11 with the four homers, five RBIs and five runs scored in the three-game series versus the Angels.