Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/1/12

SEATTLE -- Chone Figgins, whose season had gone steadily downhill since losing his starting job in May, delivered a line drive to right deep enough to score Dustin Ackley from third base with the winning run as the Seattle Mariners pinned a 3-2, 11-inning loss on the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

The game came in the wake of a 5-0 loss on Friday that was followed by a 22-minute closed-door meeting between the players and manager Eric Wedge, who saw his team fall 16 1/2 games out of first place entering the weekend, the biggest deficit in baseball.

"Last night was unacceptable. It's as simple as that," Wedge said before the game. "Your bad can only be so bad, and we were beyond that. The level of play at this level has to be better than that."

After the talk, it was. The bullpen came up huge after starter Erasmo Ramirez suffered an elbow injury in the third inning that required his immediate removal and a subsequent MRI.

And then there was Figgins, who threw out Adrian Gonzalez at second base in the eighth inning when the Boston first baseman tried to stretch a single into a double.

But the play of the game was Figgins coming up with a line drive to medium-deep right field with Dustin Ackley on third base after a Miguel Olivo single. Cody Ross made the catch, but his strong throw didn't quite reach the plate and bounced past catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"You look for something to drive because you don't want to take a non-aggressive swing," Figgins said. He went into that at-bat 0-for-4 and averaging .181. "You always think 'attack' with a runner on third base with less than two out. You want to be aggressive."

It was the second time in three days that the Mariners had it a ball to Ross to win the game. On Thursday, John Jaso's single scored Casper Wells from second on a close play in the bottom of the ninth of a 1-0 Seattle win.

"Man, those are two tough losses," Ross said. "Wells got a great jump, and there was some topspin on Figgins' ball, but that's baseball. Sometimes that's just the way it goes."

Saturday's winning rally began in the bottom of the 11th when Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, who had pitched just once in the last six days, gave up a single to Ackley after he retired the first five men he'd faced without difficulty. Olivo's single down the right-field line brought up Figgins, who hadn't had an RBI since June 2, a span of 24 at-bats.

The victory went to Shawn Kelley (2-2), who threw a 1-2-3 top of the 11th.

The Mariners struck first, scoring twice in the sixth inning against returning starter Josh Beckett, although Beckett's problems were not all of his own making. With one out and two on, he induced a catchable pop fly from Kyle Seager, a ball that fell near the left-field line between outfielder Daniel Nava and shortstop Mike Aviles.

"I think Mike heard Daniel call him," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "Daniel wasn't with us in spring training, and I don't think we have our communication down."

That hit loaded the bases, and two pitches later Jaso delivered a two-run double before Beckett was able to squirm out of further difficulty. His night was finished after he gave up four hits and three walks (one intentional) in six innings while throwing 85 pitches.

"It was good to see JB back out there again," Saltalamacchia said. "He looked good. There was a little trouble with his changeup, but it was mostly good. He kept us in the game. We've just got to do a better job of getting some runs for him."

The Mariners were forced to use an all-hands-on-deck approach to pitching in this one after starter Erasmo Ramirez left the game in the third inning because of a right elbow injury.

The Red Sox were muzzled until the seventh, when Adrian Gonzalez singled off lefty Lucas Luetge, chasing the rookie. Veteran Brandon League took over and yielded back-to-back singles to Will Middlebrooks and Ross, the Ross hit producing the Red Sox's first run.

Moments later the game was tied when a League fastball with Aviles at the plate tipped off the glove of catcher Miguel Olivo for a passed ball, bringing Middlebrooks home from third.

NOTES: In order to get Beckett on the roster from the disabled list, Boston put outfielder Darnell McDonald on the designated for assignment list. The Red Sox have 10 days to trade him, release him or have him sign a minor league deal if he clears waivers and is willing. ... Wedge had a 22-minute closed door meeting with his team before Saturday's stretching session and batting practice. Wedge said that watching the team lose 5-0 on a two-hitter by Boston's Aaron Cook was the last straw. "Last night was unacceptable," Wedge said. ... Seattle's Michael Saunders remains under the weather with flu-like symptoms, but there's a chance he could start in the series finale Sunday.

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