Seattle Mariners defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-2

SEATTLE — It wasn’t a particularly efficient performance by Daisuke Matsuzaka against the Mariners yesterday.

He walked five, threw a wild pitch, and needed 110 pitches to get through six innings.

But it was effective, as the Mariners scored only one run.

Matsuzaka handed a 2-1 lead to the bullpen then watched it vanish, as the Red Sox were beaten, 4-2.

Afterward, Matsuzaka questioned the decision by manager Terry Francona to take him out of the game.

“I was ce...

SEATTLE — As his Red Sox teammates packed their bags for Anaheim, Hideki Okajima sat facing his locker in the far corner of the visitor’s clubhouse. He barely moved, instead staring into space, as a club official asked him if he would speak with the media. The answer, as it has been for most of his career with the Sox, was no. So it went unexplained exactly what Okajima was thinking in the eighth inning as he glanced back at third base, then glanced back again, missing a c...

SEATTLE — Hope remains on the horizon, in the form of Victor Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, and Jacoby Ellsbury. There is the sense that the injured who have left the Red Sox’ offense in tatters soon will return. Until then, manager Terry Francona has been forced to make do with a lineup that thins out dramatically.

And it hasn’t gone well. The Sox have scored more than four runs only once in their last 12 games, here Thursday night, and batted just .233 (35 for 150) over th...