Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat.
The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005. It ties the 2002 Rays for the third-longest streak since 1990, one behind the 1996-97 Cubs.
Seattle’s previous long losing streak was 14 games in 1992. The 2008 Mariners has a 12-game losing steak. The worst streak for last year’s 101-loss Mariners was eight in a row.
The Mariners lost this one even though Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam and drove in five. The team took a 2-0 lead on Miguel Olivo’s homer in the first, but Pineda gave that up quickly and ended up having his shortest start as a major leaguer. He’s given up 19 runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last three outings, taking his ERA from 2.58 to 3.64.
It was a better day for the Red Sox. Tim Wakefield gave up seven runs, but he picked up his 199th victory and his 2,000th strikeout with the Red Sox. Kevin Youkilis homered for Boston, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in four runs.