Lester wound up holding the Mariners scoreless through eight innings, and didn't allow a ball out of the infield until a flyout to right for the second out in the fifth inning. Suzuki spoiled Lester's bid for his third career shutout in the ninth inning when he led off with a single, went to third on Justin Smoak's double, and scored on Kyle Seager's ground out to second.

The offense provided ample support, scoring two runs in the first inning. Dustin Pedroia, who had his 14-game hitting streak snapped, drew a lead-off walk from Seattle lefthander Jason Vargas (4-3, 3.28 ERA) to spark the one-out rally.