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Mariners get to Jenks in ninth, win on Ichiro's walk-off single in 14th wire reports

SEATTLE -- Manager Ozzie Guillen was at a loss for words after the Chicago White Sox's latest loss. And he rarely is ever at a loss for words.

With an opportunity to improve their slim shot of catching the Tigers in the AL Central on Thursday night, the White Sox blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning then lost 4-3 in 14 innings to the Seattle Mariners on Ichiro Suzuki's game-ending single.

"Go on and ask [the players]," Guillen said. "I don't have any more quotes. Seriously, what am I going to say?"

Jose Lopez and Bill Hall each each hit solo home runs off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks in the ninth to tie it. Chicago, third in the division, trails Detroit by 6½ games and Minnesota by four with 15 games to play. Detroit lost to the Royals 9-2.

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With one out in the 14th, Ryan Langerhans singled to center off Scott Linebrink (3-7). Pinch-hitter Kenji Johjima was hit by a pitch then Suzuki hit his 205th hit of the season, scoring Langerhans.

As he rounded first base, the Mariners spilled out of the dugout and chased the star right fielder all the way into the outfield.

"If we don't win games, it doesn't matter what we tell ourselves," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "There were a couple of games on this trip we should have won and we didn't."

The Mariners' seventh reliever, Shawn Kelley (5-3), pitched two hitless innings.

"The story for me was 8 1/3 shutout innings for the bullpen," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Thank God it was September. We had some arms down there. But they did a phenomenal job."

Seattle's rally cost John Danks a victory. The left-hander pitched eight strong innings for the White Sox, allowing only four hits and a run.

Mariners starter Brandon Morrow was not nearly as sharp and his latest outing also raised some concerns about where he'll fit in with the team in 2010.

Morrow again struggled with his control, walking a career-high six in 5 2/3 innings. The Mariners' 2006 first-round pick gave up three runs -- two earned -- but failed to live up to his manager's insistence that he pitch deeper in games.

Before the game, Don Wakamatsu intimated Morrow could be pitching for his future. The team has been unimpressed with the right-hander's approach, mostly his inability to throw strikes and running up high pitch counts.

"We try to find some improvement in every outing," Wakamatsu said. "If he can keep getting better, that would put him in position for next year. He's definitely a candidate, but he has to go out and prove out."

To help Morrow acclimate, Wakamatsu even started his batterymate at Triple-A Tacoma, Adam Moore, who was making his major league debut.

"He's going to remember this one," Wakamatsu said of Moore's debut.

Morrow had control problems from the start. He walked the leadoff hitter, Scott Podsednik, and then gave up a sharp single to Gordon Beckham. A sacrifice fly from Pierzynski drew rumblings from the crowd, and gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. They would add the next two on RBI singles from Mark Kotsay in the third and fifth.

The Mariners scored their first run in the seventh on a home run by Adrian Beltre.


  • The White Sox likely will skip Gavin Floyd's next start. The right-hander left Wednesday's start after three innings because of soreness in his hip. Guillen said Floyd will be shut down for the season if the pain doesn't subside. "I think the main thing for us, we have to keep this guy healthy for the future," Guillen said.
  • Seattle sent catcher Jamie Burke to the Washington Nationals for cash. The 37-year-old Burke is a career .282 hitter with three home runs and 38 RBI in 184 games over seven seasons. He played in 13 games with Seattle this season.
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Ichiro (second from left) sets off a Seattle celebration with his game-winning single in the 14th.  (AP)
Ichiro (second from left) sets off a Seattle celebration with his game-winning single in the 14th. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Lopez
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Kotsay
AB 6
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5110211 .302
Gordon Beckham, 3B6110125 .272
A.J. Pierzynski, C6001000 .310
Paul Konerko, DH6130012 .285
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-DH0000000 .145
Mark Kotsay, 1B6042001 .281
Jermaine Dye, RF6000035 .248
Alexei Ramirez, SS6010002 .279
Chris Getz, 2B2000410 .268
Alex Rios, CF6000024 .242
2B - Paul Konerko (29, Morrow)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (3)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (46), Mark Kotsay 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (9)
SB - Chris Getz (25, 2nd base off Morrow/Moore)
Team LOB - 12
DP - A. Ramirez-Getz-Kotsay
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 8411231 3.59
Bobby Jenks (BS,6) 1222012 3.71
Matt Thornton 1100000 2.73
Tony Pena 1.2200020 4.15
Randy Williams 0.1000010 6.08
Octavio Dotel 1200030 3.32
Scott Linebrink (L,3-7) 0.1211010 4.30
HBP - Johjima (by Scott Linebrink)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 97-63, Bobby Jenks 13-10, Matt Thornton 10-7, Tony Pena 19-16, Randy Williams 4-3, Octavio Dotel 26-18, Scott Linebrink 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 9-11, Bobby Jenks 2-0, Matt Thornton 2-1, Tony Pena 2-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 29, Bobby Jenks 5, Matt Thornton 4, Tony Pena 7, Randy Williams 1, Octavio Dotel 5, Scott Linebrink 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6021112 .353
Franklin Gutierrez, CF6010013 .275
Jose Lopez, 1B6121012 .270
Mike Sweeney, DH5020001 .274
    Michael Saunders, PR-DH1010000 .208
Adrian Beltre, 3B5111114 .263
Bill Hall, LF-2B6111035 .211
Josh Wilson, SS6010021 .208
Matt Tuiasosopo, 2B4010011 .250
   a- Ken Griffey Jr., PH1000011 .217
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1110000 .220
Adam Moore, C5000002 .000
   b- Kenji Johjima, PH0000000 .255
a-struck out for Tuiasosopo in the 12th
b-hit by pitch for Moore in the 14th
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (31, Thornton), Matt Tuiasosopo (1, Danks)
HR - Jose Lopez (24, Jenks), Adrian Beltre (7, Danks), Bill Hall (8, Jenks)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (41), Jose Lopez (89), Adrian Beltre (39), Bill Hall (33)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall (13)
SB - Adrian Beltre (11, 2nd base off Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Franklin Gutierrez 1
DP - Wilson-Tuiasosopo-J. Lopez
E - Bill Hall (5, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Brandon Morrow 5.2632650 5.08
Jason Vargas 0.2200010 4.97
Randy Messenger 0.2000000 5.19
Garrett Olson 1000000 5.78
Miguel Batista 1000000 4.41
David Aardsma 1000000 2.06
Mark Lowe 2200120 2.89
Shawn Kelley (W,5-3) 2000020 4.75
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 97-57, Jason Vargas 15-8, Randy Messenger 10-7, Garrett Olson 13-10, Miguel Batista 7-3, David Aardsma 12-8, Mark Lowe 33-20, Shawn Kelley 26-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 5-6, Jason Vargas 1-0, Randy Messenger 1-1, Garrett Olson 3-0, Miguel Batista 1-2, David Aardsma 2-1, Mark Lowe 3-0, Shawn Kelley 1-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 28, Jason Vargas 4, Randy Messenger 2, Garrett Olson 3, Miguel Batista 3, David Aardsma 3, Mark Lowe 8, Shawn Kelley 6
Game Information
Attendance - 16336
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez