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Mariners power past Red Sox

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer during a seven-run fourth inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-3, in the middle test of a three-game series.

Chris Denorfia, Chris Taylor and Jesus Sucre each drove in a run for the Mariners, who hold the second wild card spot in the American League.

Chris Young got the start for Seattle and gave up three runs on seven hits with five walks over 3 2/3 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Yoenis Cespedes, David Ross and Mike Napoli each had an RBI for the Red Sox, who have lost seven in a row. Brandon Workman (1-8) allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz left the game with a left elbow contusion. He was hit by a fastball from Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Ortiz initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson in the bottom of the ninth.

Boston pitcher Alex Wilson hit Robinson Cano in the backside in the top of the seventh. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez then issued warnings to both sides.

08/23 17:29:33 ET