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Drew’s RBI single in 15th gives Red Sox 5-4 win on Wednesday night

  • Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero gathers in a throw to force a sliding Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate; Quintero then threw to first for a double play on David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey delivers to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller (5) steals second as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew awaits the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Miller scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller crosses the plate to score on Kyle Seager's double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt hits a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Humberto Quintero watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley misplays a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury for an error during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts while rounding first after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara celebrates after retiring the side in the 10th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seattle Mariners' Humberto Quintero slides in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia awaits the late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – Stephen Drew singled in the winning run in the 15th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners and back into first place in the AL East on Wednesday night.

Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout by David Ortiz. Mike Napoli was walked intentionally and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Jonny Gomes then walked, loading the bases, and Drew hit a liner just inside the right-field line as Pedroia scored the decisive run.

Boston moved a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay in the division. The Rays lost, 7-0, Wednesday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Drake Britton (1-0) pitched two innings for his first major league win. Lucas Luetge (0-2) took the loss.

The Mariners threatened in the 15th when one-out singles by Raul Ibanez and Endy Chavez put runners at first and second. Michael Saunders then hit a low liner to left. Gomes charged in and made a diving catch, then ran all the way to touch second base for an unassisted double play as Ibanez had no chance to get back.

Boston wasted an excellent chance in the 14th when Brandon Snyder led off with a pinch-hit double, its first hit since the seventh, and took third on a sacrifice by Jacoby Ellsbury. But Snyder was thrown out trying to score on Shane Victorino’s fly to center fielder Saunders, ending the inning.

The Mariners also threatened in the 11th and 12th but stranded two runners in each inning.

Boston’s previous longest game this year lasted 14 innings, a 10-8 win over Tampa Bay on June 10.

Kyle Seager had tied the game at 4 in the eighth with his 17th homer of the year, a solo shot off Junichi Tazawa.

Pedroia had given the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run homer in the seventh, his eighth, after a single by Victorino.

The Mariners went ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Seager before the Red Sox took the lead with two unearned runs in the fifth.

Brock Holt led off with a double and took third when center fielder Dustin Ackley dropped Ellsbury’s low liner for an error. Victorino then grounded to second baseman Nick Franklin, who may have been distracted when Ellsbury ran in front of him.

Franklin bobbled the ball for another error as Holt scored. Pedroia then grounded into a forceout at second base, allowing Ellsbury to score.

The Mariners took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the sixth. They loaded the bases on a single by Humberto Quintero, a walk to Brad Miller and a single by Seager. Kendry Morales tied it with a sacrifice fly and Ibanez put Seattle on top with an RBI single.

Boston starter John Lackey shook off a liner off his left heel by Ackley in the third. Manager John Farrell and a trainer went toward the mound, but Lackey waved them away before they arrived.

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma overcame a shaky start when he gave up singles to the first three batters in the first – Ellsbury, Victorino and Pedroia. But Ortiz grounded to Iwakuma, who threw home to start a double play, and the Red Sox didn’t score. Iwakuma allowed just four hits in his remaining 4  2∕ 3 innings.

NOTES

∎ The Red Sox recalled Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. He started in place of Jose Iglesias, who went to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night in a three-team, seven-player trade that brought RHP Jack Peavy to Boston.

∎ Lackey allowed at least three runs for the third straight game after giving up two or less in six consecutive starts.

∎  Seager went 3-for-6 and hit .396 in July (38-for-96).

Iwakuma gave up no earned runs for his second straight outing.

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