BOSTON (AP) - Sandy Leon was frustrated he didn't drive one run in with a safety squeeze. Instead, he drove in three with a drive over the Green Monster.
Leon fouled off his bunt attempt, then hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run third inning that carried the surging Boston Red Sox over the struggling Seattle Mariners 9-5 on Saturday.
"If he gets it down, we score a run and have a runner at second," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "It's always good to see him contribute offensively. We know what he can do defensively, what he does behind the plate. Whenever he contributes offensively it's a plus."
Mitch Moreland started Boston's comeback from a 4-0 deficit against Felix Hernandez (1-4) with a solo homer. The World Series champions won for the 15th time in 21 games following a 6-13 start.
Seattle has lost 14 of 18 and dropped to 20-22, falling below .500 on Friday for the first time since the end of the 2017 season. The Mariners have been outscored 23-6 in the first two games of the three-game series.
Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer and reached 900 RBI.
Hernandez allowed seven runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-4 in seven starts since beating the Los Angeles Angels in his season debut. He became the 36th pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts when rookie Michael Chavis took a 92 mph sinker for a called third strike in the second inning.
"I did. Finally," Hernandez said smiling. "Hopefully I can play a few more years to get to 3,000."
Rick Porcello (3-3), the 2016 AL Cy Young winner, gave up four runs and five hits -- all in the first -- in 6 2/3 innings. He is unbeaten in five starts after losing in his first three appearances.
"I made better pitches," Porcello said of his in-game turnaround. "I was leaving a lot of pitches in the middle of the plate."
Moreland homered in the second, the ninth home run off Hernandez this season.
Xander Bogaerts' RBI single and Rafael Devers' two-run singled chased Hernandez, in his second shortest start this season. Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-run single off Roenis Elias put Boston ahead 6-4. With Bradley on first and Chavis creeping down the line from third, Leon fouled off his safety attempt. Three pitches later, Leon lined a fastball into the first row of Monster seats for his first homer since last Aug. 14.
Seattle scored four times in a four-pitch span with two outs in the first. Dan Vogelbach and Domingo Santana hit RBI doubles and Bruce followed with his 12th homer, a drive into Boston's bullpen.
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