SEATTLE (AP)—Franklin Gutierrez singled under the glove of third baseman Mike Lowell to score Ronny Cedeno with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners took advantage of a key error by Boston to beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday.
Cedeno reached second with two outs, after what should have been his third-out grounder was thrown into a camera well behind first base on the fly by shortstop Nick Green for a generously scored single and error, Green's second of the game and eighth of the season.
Ramon Ramirez (4-1), who had allowed one run in 20 1-3 innings coming in, intentionally walked Ichiro Suzuki before Gutierrez finally ended the game.
The Red Sox blew a chance in the ninth when Jason Varitek doubled and Nick Green walked with one out against David Aardsma (1-1). Jacoby Ellsbury popped out to the infield and angrily slapped his bat, and Dustin Pedroia flied out to keep the game tied.
The Red Sox went 2-4 on their final West Coast swing of the season, with power-starved slugger David Ortiz watching the last three games from the bench.
Seattle won for just the third time in 13 games.
Rocco Baldelli was 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts as the designated hitter for Ortiz. J.D. Drew and Jason Bay were 3 for 11 (.272) with one strikeout and one extra-base hit in Ortiz's usual No. 3 spot in the batting order.
Seattle won the series despite its supposed run producers, Ken Griffey Jr. and Adrian Beltre, going a combined 1 for 23 (.043). They stranded four base runners Sunday, and 10 in the series.
When Griffey flied out and Beltre hit into an inning-ending double play to kill a two-on, no-out rally in the fifth, Griffey and Beltre had gone a combined 24 at-bats without a hit.
That wasn't the only squandered scoring chance -- and far from the most bizarre one.
Boston loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning of a tie game against Jason Vargas, but Bay -- batting third for the second time this season -- fouled out and Lowell ended the inning with a deflating double play that kept the game tied at 2.
It stayed tied through the sixth, after Seattle's Rob Johnson sacrificed Wladimir Balentien to second. Johnson thought his bunt was foul, but plate umpire Jim Wolf singled fair as Justin Masterson threw out Johnson at first base. Balentien, who had taken second, started walking back to first because he also thought the ball was foul. First baseman Jeff Bailey alertly threw to Green, who ended the inning by tagging out Balentien before he could get back to second.
Drew hit a 2-0 pitch just under the second deck far beyond right field to tie the game in the fourth. Drew's sixth homer was so deep that Vargas didn't even bother to watch it.
Vargas allowed eight hits and one earned run in 5 1-3 innings.
Seattle had taken a 2-1 lead in the second on Russell Branyan's ninth homer of the season leading off, then a double by Yuniesky Betancourt and triple by Cedeno.
Those were the only runs off Masterson. The first Jamaican-born pitcher in major league history allowed nine hits and struck out six in 6 1-3 innings. It was the fourth time in his six starts this season he allowed two runs or fewer. Boston is 3-1 in those games.