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Thursday, August 1st (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (50-57) at Boston Red Sox (65-44), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (11-4, 2.34) Boston - Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.24)

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox go for the series sweep on Thursday when they close out a three-game set with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

Wednesday's game went 15 innings and lasted more than five hours, but Boston came away with a 5-4 victory on Stephen Drew's walk-off single with two outs. The win coincided with Tampa Bay's loss to Arizona, as the Red Sox (65-44) overtook the Rays and grabbed a half-game lead in the American League East.

Boston has made a habit of dramatic victories, as the team has won in walk-off fashion a major league-best 10 times this season.

"We somehow find some energy late in the game," manager John Farrell said. "It's been many different guys that have been the reason for the walk-off. I can tell you, the conversation each time we're at the plate in the extra innings, we're looking for something to draw energy from to make one last push. We were able to do that here again (on Wednesday)."

Both teams had chances to end it in extra innings, but ultimately it was Drew who delivered his second walk-off hit of the season. In the top of the 15th, Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes made a diving catch on a line drive and then ran in to tag second base himself to double off Raul Ibanez, who represented the go-ahead run but misjudged the play.

If the Red Sox hope to pull off the sweep, they'll have to do so against M's ace Felix Hernandez, whose 2.34 ERA tops the American League. The right-hander has not lost since May 25, going 7-0 with a 2.18 ERA in that span. In his last outing, Hernandez pitched a full nine frames against Minnesota but walked away with a no-decision in the 13-inning contest despite allowing only one run.

"It was vintage Felix," said bench coach Robby Thompson, who is filling in as acting manager while Eric Wedge recovers from a mild stroke. "But obviously we didn't have a lot of run support for him, and we squandered some opportunities. But Felix was Felix."

Boston's Ryan Dempster looks to atone for a July 11 start against Seattle, in which he was chased after giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander was sharper his last time out, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings at Baltimore on Saturday.

The Red Sox have won five straight in the head-to-head series.

08/01 10:26:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR