SEATTLE, Wash. - Josh Beckett struck out 9 and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2. Manny Ramirez hit his 19th home run as Boston won for the fourth time in 5 games. The Red Sox remained 7 games ahead of the New York Yankees atop the AL East.
Beckett is 14-5. He had lost 3 of his 4 decisions since the All-Star break. Beckett joined C.C. Sabathia and John Lackey for the AL lead in wins. Beckett allowed 8 hits and walked 2 in 6 and two-thirds innings.
The Mariners lost for the second consecutive day but just the third time in nine games to fall 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West lead.