Rookie pitcher Mike Montgomery gave up nine runs on 10 hits and never made it out of the third inning in a 15-1 trouncing by the Red Sox.

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BOSTON — Nobody expected Mike Montgomery to follow up Hisashi Iwakuma’s start with a no-hitter of his own.

It’s a tough act for any pitcher to follow.

But the Mariners were certainly expecting a little more from the rookie left-hander on Friday night.


Pitching for the first time in the cozy little box that is Fenway Park, Montgomery made the park look even smaller, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and not making it out of the third inning in a 15-1 trouncing by the Red Sox. Seattle fell to 54-62.

It was the second straight start where Montgomery struggled with command and execution. In his last outing, he pitched just four innings, giving up three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. And since throwing back-to-back complete games in late June, he’s pitched into the seventh inning just once in eight starts. Over that span, he has a 1-3 record with a 7.04 ERA while allowing 21 extra base hits, including nine homers. He’s also walked 20 batters over that span as teams have started to wait out his inconsistent command.

“His command just wasn’t good,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He left a lot of balls up and in the middle of the plate. And in this type of ballpark with those types of hitters, you are going to get hurt. This was not a good outing.”

Montgomery made no excuses.

“I need to go out and make the pitches and get the guys out,” Montgomery said. “There are a lot of good hitters out there. And you have to be on top of your game so you don’t get embarrassed out there.”

His troubles started immediately.

Kyle Seager had provided a 1-0 lead with his 17th homer of the season in the top of the first off of Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

The Mariners’ only lead of the game would be brief.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Montgomery walked Xander Bogaerts, bringing David Ortiz to the plate. The veteran slugger took advantage of a misplaced 1-2 fastball that split the middle of the plate, hammering a low laser into right-center for a double, scoring Bogaerts from first.

Ortiz was able to trot home from second moments later when Rusney Castillo drove a 1-1 fastball into the Red Sox bullpen in right-center for a two-run homer.

A 3-1 deficit in Fenway isn’t unworkable for even the most offensively challenged of teams like the Mariners.

But it became an eight-run deficit in the third inning. Montgomery got the first out of the inning on a fly ball from Bogaerts, but he wouldn’t get another one.

He served up six straight hits, including a two-run double by Pablo Sandoval and a two-run homer by Travis Shaw.

And that was it for Montgomery. He exited the game with Ryan Hanigan on second and Jackie Bradley Jr. on first base. Both runners came around to score on a triple by Brock Holt off of Montgomery’s replacement, David Rollins. But all six runs in the inning were charged to Montgomery.

“I’ve had some struggles for longer periods of time than this,” Montgomery said. “I’m not worried about them. I’m going to come back out here, get my work in and get ready for my next game.”

McClendon believes it’s a simple fix to get Montgomery back to the pitcher who started the season 5-2 in his first seven starts.

“It’s really not hard to analyze,” McClendon said. “If you look at the film, you’ll see a lot of pitches waist high and in the middle of the plate, or up and out over the plate, just no deception at all. Big-league hitters are not going to miss those pitches.”

Down 9-1, it was only a question of how many more runs the bullpen would allow and how much the Mariners would lose by.

Rollins gave up an RBI triple to Mookie Betts and an RBI ground-rule double to Castillo in the fifth inning to make it 11-1

Mayckol Guaipe replaced Rollins and worked 12/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) to make it 14-1. Guaipe was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma after the game and a corresponding move will be made later.

Lefty Rob Rasmussen also got into the act, working 11/3 innings, giving up a solo homer to Shaw — his second of the game — to make it 15-1.