M's Take Series on Another Walk-Off
SEATTLE, Wa - The Seattle Mariners welcomed back pitcher Felix Hernandez and scored all of their runs via the home run ball in a come from behind 6-5 in 11 innings over the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Hernandez appeared to be out of the first inning with what looked like a strikeout, but the home plate umpire said ball four sending Justin Morneau to first base and keeping the inning alive for Chicago.
The next batter, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer into the second deck in left field to give the White Sox an early 3-0.
But, the Mariners came back, in the second trailing 4-0, Leonys Martin's two-run shot cut the Sox lead to 4-2.
Chicago added a run in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Mike Zunino, who was recalled from Tacoma prior to the game, hit a two-run homer in the seventh to bring Seattle within a run at 5-4.
Adam Lind tied the game for Seattle in the bottom of the eighth with his 15th home run of the season.
Then in the 11th inning, Martin came through with his second home run of the day to give the M's a 6-5 win.
Hernandez pitched 6 2/3 innings in his first start with the M's in nearly two months. He allowed five runs on ten hits, with two strikeouts, two walks and ended up with a no decision.
Seattle's bullpen shined as they pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowed no hits with just one walk and struck out seven White Sox batters.
The Mariners will be off on Thursday as they begin an eight game road trip starting in Toronto on Friday night
NOTES: During Wednesday's game left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery was traded to the Chicago Cubs for first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Montgomery, 27, was 3-4 in 32 games this season with the Mariners; Montgomery was used as a reliever before starting in his final two appearances with Seattle.