SEATTLE — Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was supposed to get a "soft" outing in his return from left knee surgery, according to manager John Farrell. It didn't work out that way.
Mookie Betts homered to lead off the ninth inning, Kimbrel got his 18th save in his return from the disabled list and the Red Sox beat James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Monday night.
Kimbrel made his first appearance since having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. He allowed a walk, and Kyle Seager reached on a third-strike wild pitch, but Kimbrel got two other strikeouts to end it.
"As much as we talked before the game about...