Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/30/12

SEATTLE -- The Boston Red Sox broke free from the shackles imposed by the Seattle pitching staff midgame Friday, coming up with four home runs in the space of eight batters to prop up the two-hit pitching of starter Aaron Cook in a 5-0 win over the Mariners.

While Cook allowed Seattle just two singles in nine innings, the Red Sox let loose with three homers in the fifth inning by Will Middlebrooks, Cody Ross and Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a two-run shot in the sixth. All were off Seattle starter Hector Noesi.

Cook, a 2008 All-Star while with the Colorado Rockies, signed a minor league contract with Boston in January. He started the season at Triple-A Pawtucket and was making just his third big-league start this season.

Ichiro Suzuki reached him for an infield single to start the fourth inning, and John Jaso opened the eighth with a sharp single to right. Both were erased by double play grounders, which meant Cook (2-1) faced just one batter over the minimum through eight innings. That came in the sixth, when Dustin Ackley was safe on an error by shortstop Mike Aviles.

Middlebrooks' homer off Noesi, which began the scoring in the fifth inning, was just the second hit of the night off Noesi, who at 2-10 is the first American League pitcher with double-digit losses this season.

Seattle pitchers opened the series by holding the Red Sox scoreless for the first 13 innings. Felix Hernandez blanked Boston for nine innings Thursday and the Sox got just one single against Noesi in the first four innings Friday.

All that changed in the fifth inning, however.

Middlebrooks, the man whose emergence meant the Red Sox had room to trade Kevin Youkilis, delivered his 10th home run in his first 161 at-bats to open the fifth inning.

That seemed to get something stirring in the Red Sox bats. Ross followed with his 12th homer, also to left field, and two outs later Nava homered to right for a 3-0 Boston lead.

An inning later, David Ortiz doubled and Saltalamacchia homered, and suddenly the Red Sox were sitting on a 5-0 advantage.

That was a good omen for Cook, who was cruising in his first career start against the Mariners.

The Mariners got just one man on base in the first five innings against Cook, Suzuki beating out an infield hit to open the fourth inning. He was immediately doubled up by Casper Wells, and Cook went back into cruise control.

NOTES: The Mariners made a roster move before the game, putting center fielder Franklin Gutierrez on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion after being hit in the right ear by a pickoff throw from Boston's Franklin Morales Thursday. Taking the open roster spot was right-handed reliever Steve Delabar, who is being called up for the third time this season. ... The Red Sox will have to make a roster move before Saturday's game. Veteran right-hander Josh Beckett is scheduled to come off the 15-day disabled list (shoulder discomfort) and make his first start since June 11. ... The Mariners have pushed veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood's next start back until next weekend because of ongoing groin troubles. In his place, Hisashi Iwakuma will make his first big league start Monday against Baltimore. ... The Red Sox's David Ortiz is sitting on 399 career homers. His next homer will put him into 49th place on baseball's all-time home run list.

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