BOSTON — Kyle Seager singled, doubled and tripled, Sam Haggerty and Ty France also had three hits apiece, and Chris Flexen limited Boston to four hits over seven innings on Saturday to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox.
Seager singled in a run in the first inning, tripled home two more in the second and doubled in the fifth. Seager, who homered in his last at-bat on Friday night, had two chances to complete the cycle on Saturday, but he struck out on three pitches in the seventh and popped out in foul territory in the ninth.
“The thought crossed my mind,” he said. “It’s not something you go into the game thinking about. So that was pretty cool for me. It was definitely something that gets you thinking.”
Flexen (2-1) gave up one run, striking out seven while walking one and hitting a batter. He took a two-hit shutout into the seventh before Rafael Devers doubled high off the Green Monster and scored on Marwin Gonzalez’s single to make it 5-1. Bobby Dalbec grounded out to end the threat.
It was the third time in Flexen’s four starts this season that he has allowed one or fewer runs.
“Confidence is growing every time out there with Flex,” manager Scott Servais said. “He feels like he belongs. I love the way he’s growing.”
Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) snapped a personal three-game winning streak, allowing five runs — four earned — on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three, walking one batter, hitting another and throwing two wild pitches.
Devers doubled off the left field wall again in the ninth to make it 8-2.