Henry Owens

Elias Hit Hard And Early

Elias Hit Hard And Early

BOSTON — Had Roenis Elias pitched well against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, odds were good that he was headed back to Triple A Pawtucket anyway.

Elias made it an easy decision, though, getting hit hard and often in an 8-4 loss before a crowd of 35,896 at Fenway Park.

Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez drove in a career-high runs with two home runs and a double, all against Elias. The lefthander allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings.

The Sox are 5-9 this month, with losses in four of their last five games.

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