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Red Sox fail to finish off Mariners, lose, 7-6

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Red Sox fail to finish off Mariners, lose, 7-6

SEATTLE - Denard Span's pinch-hit double in the eighth inning scored two runs, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

Span, hitting for Guillermo Heredia with one out, hit a liner to the right-field corner after Ryon Healy walked and Ben Gamel singled to left.

Rob Whalen pitched four scoreless innings of relief for Seattle. Ryan Cook (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Edwin Diaz earned his major league-leading 26th save by working the ninth.

Matt Barnes (0-2) took the loss.

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer as part of a six-run third inning that gave Boston a 6-3 lead, but a spectacular defensive play by Seattle second baseman Dee Gordon on a hard-hit ball up the middle by Bogaerts that ended the sixth inning kept Boston from adding another run.

The Mariners led 3-0 when Boston sent 11 men to the plate and had six hits and walk to chase starter James Paxton. The Mariners also committed two errors in the inning.

Paxton entered the game with a 0.39 ERA and 2-0 record in three previous starts against the Red Sox. Five of the six runs against Paxton were earned. He also threw two wild pitches.

Boston tied the game at 3 on four singles and an error by third basemen Kyle Seager, before Bogaerts hit his 11th home run.

Jean Segura gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he launched Rick Porcello's fastball over the scoreboard in left field, a 420-foot shot.

Seattle made it 3-0 in the second inning. After back-to-back singles put runners at first and third, Gamel hit a one-hopper to Porcello, who turned and got the force at second. But Bogaerts' throw back to the plate was too late to get Seager, who raced home from third.

Gamel stole second before scoring on Mike Zunino's single that bounced off the bag at third and behind third baseman Rafael Devers.

Zunino hit his 11th home run of the season to start the bottom of the seventh and cut it to 6-5.

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Jonny Gomes, 2013 Red Sox show Mike Napoli love after retirement

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Jonny Gomes, 2013 Red Sox show Mike Napoli love after retirement

Mike Napoli only spent three seasons with the Boston Red Sox, but he certainly made his mark.

Almost immediately after Napoli announced his retirement from baseball Saturday on social media, several of his teammates from Boston's 2013 World Series championship squad chimed in to thank the slugger for the memories.

"My Main Main Man, My Ace In The Hole, My Brother.." ex-Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes wrote on Instagram. "Baseball brought us together and that 2013 ring will keep us together forever!! Congrats on a hell of a career!!!"

Gomes' tagged the post with some fitting photos of he and Napoli dumping champagne on each other after the Red Sox's playoff victories.

Also chiming in former catcher David Ross and pitcher Ryan Dempster, who appeared to think similarly of their ex-teammate.

Napoli racked up seven RBIs during the 2013 playoffs and delivered some clutch hits to help Boston's "bearded brothers" win it all.

Just as important, he knew how to celebrate those victories properly.

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Mike Napoli is celebrating MLB retirement exactly how you'd expect

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Mike Napoli is celebrating MLB retirement exactly how you'd expect

Mike Napoli's playing career is over, but the party has just begun.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger announced his retirement from baseball Saturday on social media.

And about 10 minutes after his announcement, Napoli fired off his first post-baseball Instagram post from -- you guessed it -- a bar.

Red Sox fans who have seen the iconic photo of Napoli walking shirtless down Boylston Street following Boston's 2013 World Series victory won't be surprised in the least that the 37-year-old is celebrating his retirement with some victuals.

To which we say: Toss 'em back, Mike. You deserve it.

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