The Boston Red Sox have managed to turn things around after beginning a 10-game trip mired in their roughest stretch of the season.
They can complete a winning trek by taking three of four from the offensively challenged Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval each homered off Felix Hernandez on Saturday, as Boston (18-19) scored all its runs in six innings off the Seattle ace for a 4-2 victory. The Red Sox have won five of seven since opening this trip with two straight losses to conclude a 1-7 stretch.
Though Saturday marked the first time in five games Boston scored more than two runs, it's allowed five while winning three of the last four.
''Giving the way things have been going, four runs is a little bit of an outburst for us,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Farrell should be pleased with a starting rotation that has posted a 1.30 ERA in those four contests.
''We're throwing the ball the way we should be,'' said Rick Porcello, who earned Saturday's win after yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings. ''That's the bottom line, and we've got to continue to do that.''
The Mariners (16-20), meanwhile, have scored seven runs, batted .198, struck out 36 times and gone 2 for 22 with runners in scoring position while losing three of four since averaging 6.5 runs during a four-game winning streak.
Now, Seattle must deal with knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-0, 4.22 ERA), who makes his third career start while replacing the injured Justin Masterson.
In two relief appearances this season, the right-hander has allowed five runs, 12 hits and six walks over 10 2-3 innings. In two spot starts for Boston over the past two seasons, Wright is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.
"My job is to throw quality pitches," he said. "I'm just going to do whatever I can to help this team win on Sunday, and after that, it's whatever they want me to do."
Wright yielded five hits over 8 2-3 scoreless innings in two relief outings against the Mariners in 2013.
He'll be opposed by James Paxton (1-2, 4.31), who has not allowed a run in 12 straight innings.
Since giving up 12 runs and 16 hits over nine innings while not factoring in the decision of his second and third starts of 2015, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA in the last four. Despite five walks, he allowed three hits over six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 11-4 rout of San Diego.
"It's not how you'd draw it up, but zeroes and we got the win," Paxton told MLB's official website. "Obviously, I don't want to walk five guys. I was a little bit all over the place. I want to clean that up. ... I just need to bring that into the zone."
This will be his first appearance against Boston and Ortiz, who is batting .444 with four home runs and nine RBIs in his last 10 games at Safeco Field.
Brad Miller, who homered twice Saturday, has been one of Seattle's few recent offensive bright spots while going 8 for 17 with three homers in the last five games.
''Obviously it's pretty cut and dry for me: I'm just hitting,'' said Miller, who batted .225 with one home run in his first 29 contests