Workman picks up first big league win, Sox rout Mariners

BOSTON — Brandon Workman had pitched well enough in his first two major league starts to earn wins, but unfortunately things didn’t come together for him. Things finally went Workman’s way as he led the Red Sox to a 8-2 win over the Mariners Tuesday night at Fenway Park to give him his first major league win.

It was another impressive outing for Workman who went six innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out nine. The one run came in the first inning and he settled in nicely, retiring eight in a row between the third and sixth innings. He relied heavily on his fastball, but used his curveball when needed to keep hitters off balance. Craig Breslow, Matt Thornton each pitched scoreless innings of relief before Pedro Beato allowed a run in the ninth.

“Hopefully tonight is the first of many wins for [Workman] as he goes forward,” manager John Farrell said. “As we’ve seen in the first three starts that he’s made, once he gets through the first and second innings he starts to find that really good rhythm. I thought he showed a tremendous amount of poise, particularly in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and gets two key strikeouts of [Justin] Smoak and [Michael] Morse. The thing that stands out is his willingness to attack the strike zone. He pitched very well and very effectively to left-handers with his fastball and a solid six innings of work.”

The Red Sox bats got going early and often, scoring five times in the first two innings, two in the first and three in the second. Shane Victorino scored on a passed ball and David Ortiz’s RBI single brought in Dustin Pedroia to account for the two first inning runs. The Sox got three runs in the second inning on homers, as Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo shot into the Seattle bullpen and Pedroia followed two batters later with a two-run shot into the Monster seats. The homer snapped a 1-for-29 slump. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the eighth to account for the seventh and eighth runs. Victorino led the offense with three hits, while Pedroia and Saltalamacchia added two.

The three-game series will continue Wednesday night (7:10, NESN) with John Lackey taking to the mound for the Red Sox and go up against Hisashi Iwakuma.

What they’ll be saying: It was good, solid win for the Red Sox led by Workman’s first major league win as he proves he can pitch in the rotation in the final two months of the season. In striking out nine batters, Workman is the first Red Sox pitcher to strikeout nine or more batters in one of his first four major league starts since Clay Buchholz no-hit the Orioles in his second game in 2007 … It was a welcomed sign a few Red Sox hitters — Pedroia and Saltalamacchia as Pedroia had been in a funk since the All-Star break and Saltalamacchia hadn’t homered since June 9.


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