Julio Cruz's two-run single highlighted a four-run second inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Red Sox, 4-3, yesterday in Boston, despite Gaylord Perry's three wild pitches.

The Red Sox had won six straight.

Perry (8-12) is appealing a 10-day suspension for allegedly spitters Aug. 23 against the Red Sox.

Four times today Red Sox batters asked home plate umpire Steve Palermo to examine the ball; he tossed one ball out.

"It's just the way I pitch," Perry, 43, said. "I just threw my regular pitches. I love to pitch in this ballpark."

Perry's catcher, Rich Sweet, said Palermo checked the ball only when hitters asked him. Dwight Evans, who had three of Boston's seven hits, asked twice.

Perry permitted only one extra-base hit, Evans' second-inning RBI double. Bill Caudill pitched the last two innings.

Seattle got seven of its nine hits off Bruce Hurst (3-7), who replaced Dennis Eckersley after just four pitches. Eckersley strained the bicep in his right arm.

Luis Aponte relieved Hurst in the third and held the Mariners to two hits thereafter.

In the decisive second, Al Cowens led off with a single, went to second on Dave Revering's single and continued to third on Evans' throwing error. One out later, Cowens scored on Joe Simpson's suicide squeeze that sent Revering to second. Revering scored on Todd Cruz's double to left. Simpson and Todd Cruz scored on Julio Cruz's single to center, making it 4-2.