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Griffey breaks scoreless tie with walk-off single in 14th

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SEATTLE -- Never in Mariners history had one run taken so long -- or felt so good.

And never before had their pre-eminent prankster seen the tables turned on him.

Pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. -- who had spent some of the first 13 innings with his cap characteristically on backward as he cheered from the bench -- lined a single off the right-field wall with two outs in the bottom of the 14th to give Seattle a 1-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox on a taut Wednesday night.

The 39-year-old slugger triumphantly raised his right arm as he rounded first base. He then ran into right field as his teammates comically chased him in celebration. When Rob Johnson and Jose Lopez caught up with him, they pounded on the team crackup who usually wrestles them inside the clubhouse.

"Junior's like a big brother around here. He jumps on Ichiro. He goes in Rob Johnson's locker and beats on him," fellow team leader Mike Sweeney said. "Yeah, the guys were excited to put a beat-down on Junior. It was well-deserved."

They can expect revenge soon.

"Yeah, I'm going to look at the tape. They'll be [beatings] going on in here [Thursday]," Griffey joked.

Griffey, who returned to Seattle in February with a one-year, incentive-filled contract, rekindled some of his 1990s Mariners magic to end the longest scoreless game in the team's 33-year history.

"It's just destiny when he's up," winning pitcher Chris Jakubauskas (6-7) said.

The White Sox, for whom Griffey played last season, hadn't been scoreless for so long in one game since Sept. 22, 1975, when they lost 3-0 in 16 innings at California.

"A couple of guys got hungry. I wanted to get them home at a reasonable hour," Griffey joked. "No, these guys battled all day -- from 7 o'clock until, what 10:50? That's the least I could do."

After the second seventh-inning stretch of the night, Adrian Beltre, eight days removed from the disabled list following shoulder surgery, singled with one out in the 14th. Tony Pena (1-1) struck out Russell Branyan but walked Jack Hannahan, who was playing because shortstop Jack Wilson pulled his hamstring in the fifth inning.

Up came Griffey, thrilling the many who remained from an original crowd of 24,427.

Yet again, Junior delivered. He lined a 1-2 pitch into the corner, costing Chicago a chance to pull within one game of Detroit for the lead in the AL Central.

"Ozzie's so mad at me right now," Griffey said about Chicago skipper Ozzie Guillen.

Seattle, the lowest-scoring team in the American League, stayed 5½ games behind Boston in the AL wild card. The Mariners host AL East-leading New York for four games beginning Thursday.

Mark Buehrle allowed six hits in eight innings, his best start for the White Sox since his perfect game against Tampa Bay three weeks ago.

Yet Chicago couldn't break through against Felix Hernandez and four relievers. The White Sox put runners on third base in the second, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 10th innings.

Seattle's 23-year-old ace struck out a season high-tying 10 in the fourth scoreless start of his All-Star season. He continually escaped trouble in his seven innings with defense he called "unbelievable."

The best was Gold Glove right fielder Ichiro Suzuki throwing out Nix at home in the fifth with a dart-like throw on one hop after he caught Alex Rios' fly ball.

Rios, in his first game with Chicago after 809 at the start of his career with Toronto, singled hard off the mound on a hit-and-run to send Podsednik to third with one out in the 10th against Mark Lowe. Two pitches later, catcher Johnson fired to Beltre to pick off Podsednik.

" 'What are you thinking?' That's all you can say," Guillen said. "You don't expect that to happen at the big league level. You expect everybody to know what they're doing ... I guess he was thinking about something else."

Rios went 1 for 6 and struck out twice while batting third and playing right field in place of slumping Jermaine Dye. Chicago claimed the two-time All-Star outfielder and his mammoth contract off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday.

 
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Ken Griffey Jr.'s teammates chase him down after he ends the longest 1-0 game in Mariners history.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr.'s teammates chase him down after he ends the longest 1-0 game in Mariners history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

K. Griffey
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, CF6020024 .296
Gordon Beckham, 3B6000135 .295
Alex Rios, RF6010022 .262
Jim Thome, DH4010210 .252
Carlos Quentin, LF6000035 .232
A.J. Pierzynski, C5010110 .312
Alexei Ramirez, SS5010023 .273
Mark Kotsay, 1B5020112 .250
Jayson Nix, 2B5020115 .230
Totals480100616  
Batting
2B - Mark Kotsay (5, Hernandez)
SH - Scott Podsednik (4), Alexei Ramirez (3)
SB - Gordon Beckham (5, 2nd base off Hernandez/Johnson)
PK - Scott Podsednik (4, Lowe)
Fielding
E - Alexei Ramirez (14, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 8600130 3.70
Matt Thornton 2000020 2.55
Bobby Jenks 2100100 3.83
Scott Linebrink 1000120 3.05
Tony Pena (L,6-4) 0.2211110 4.69
IBB - Suzuki by Mark Buehrle
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 107-67, Matt Thornton 25-18, Bobby Jenks 25-16, Scott Linebrink 18-11, Tony Pena 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 8-13, Matt Thornton 2-2, Bobby Jenks 2-3, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Tony Pena 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 31, Matt Thornton 6, Bobby Jenks 7, Scott Linebrink 4, Tony Pena 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5010110 .359
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5000111 .296
Jose Lopez, 2B6010014 .276
Mike Sweeney, DH6000004 .232
Adrian Beltre, 3B6130001 .275
Russell Branyan, 1B5010122 .257
Jack Wilson, SS1000000 .260
   a- Jack Hannahan, PH-SS4010113 .217
Rob Johnson, C5010012 .230
   b- Ken Griffey Jr., PH1011000 .226
Ryan Langerhans, LF4000010 .225
Totals4819148  
a-struck out for J. Wilson in the 5th
b-singled for Johnson in the 14th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (23, Buehrle), Russell Branyan (21, Buehrle)
SH - Ryan Langerhans (2)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (38)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (13)
SB - Franklin Gutierrez (8, 2nd base off Linebrink/Pierzynski)
PK - Adrian Beltre (1, Buehrle)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Suzuki-Johnson, Hernandez-J. Lopez-Branyan
PB - Rob Johnson 2 (8)
E - Adrian Beltre (11, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez 76004100 2.72
Sean White 2100000 3.20
Mark Lowe 1200110 2.86
Shawn Kelley 2000020 4.61
Chris Jakubauskas (W,6-7) 2100130 5.44
WP - Felix Hernandez (14), Shawn Kelley (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 105-67, Sean White 27-19, Mark Lowe 19-12, Shawn Kelley 21-16, Chris Jakubauskas 43-32
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 7-2, Sean White 4-2, Shawn Kelley 3-2, Chris Jakubauskas 3-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Sean White 7, Mark Lowe 5, Shawn Kelley 7, Chris Jakubauskas 8
Game Information
Attendance - 24427
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Casey Moser, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Lance Barksdale