Chicago at Seattle

W: F. Hernandez (4-2) L: M. Thornton (0-3)
HR: CHW - C. Quentin (7)   SEA - None

Mariners 3, White Sox 2 wire reports

SEATTLE -- Before he could really turn around, Brendan Ryan was being lifted off the ground to get a good view of the scrum that was about to take place.

To no one's surprise, it was Felix Hernandez hoisting Ryan in the air.

"I'll take a bloody nose. I don't care. It's always worth it," Ryan said.

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Ryan made a winner out of Hernandez with a two-out RBI single up the middle in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Friday night.

Always showing his emotions on the mound, Hernandez was furious with himself after giving up a tying home run to Carlos Quentin leading off the seventh. He smacked his glove in excitement after striking out Alex Rios to end the ninth, then was in the middle of the celebration after Ryan's single.

Hernandez (4-2) tossed his second complete game of the season and the 15th of his career, striking out six and giving up five hits. He was brilliant early, retiring the first nine in order on just 30 pitches, then overcame his own mistakes to give Seattle's bats a chance at the end.

"I was pounding the strike zone. The sinker was pretty good today," Hernandez said. "I got a lot of groundballs. The first three innings I threw mostly fastballs and then started mixing it up. Everything was working."

Seattle squandered plenty of chances before the ninth inning arrived, having left runners in scoring position in the third, sixth and eighth innings.

Jack Cust started the rally with a one-out single off Chicago's Matt Thornton (0-3) and Jack Wilson followed with another hit just over the glove of leaping second baseman Gordon Beckham. Adam Kennedy came on as a pinch runner for Cust and Michael Saunders hit a flyball deep enough to move Kennedy to third.

Ryan, who snapped an 0-for-21 skid on Thursday night, then lined a 1-0 pitch past Beckham's diving attempt to score the winning run. Seattle has won eight of 10 and is back within a game of .500.

"Fortunately that last at-bat I got a good pitch to hit and didn't foul it off," Ryan said.

Ryan also came through on the defensive side when Hernandez faced a jam in the eighth. Beckham led off the inning with a double into the left-field corner and was at third with one out. Alexei Ramirez hit a two-hopper to Ryan at shortstop and immediately turned to third where Beckham was caught too far off the bag. He was eventually tagged out in a rundown.

"It was not a contact play tonight, unfortunately. I wish it was," Beckham said. "The ball went right to that guy and Figgins was playing close to the bag anyway. I was told don't get too far off the bag and I got too far off the bag."

Hernandez didn't make it easy walking Adam Dunn, but got Paul Konerko to tap back to the mound to end the inning, then retired the side in order in the ninth.

"He had it all working I thought," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "His ball moves all over the place ... and he has a great sense of what he wants to do out there."

Milton Bradley and Justin Smoak both had RBI doubles in the sixth inning to give Seattle the lead. Bradley sliced a pitch from Phil Humber just inside the left-field line and Smoak continued his hot bat with a long ground-rule double to deep left-center.

Bradley was later ejected in the eighth arguing with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, and was pulled away by Wedge after a heated few moments.

Humber was equal to the reigning AL Cy Young winner. The White Sox's promising right-hander gave up just three hits -- all doubles -- and two runs in seven strong innings.


  • Chicago went 9-1 against Seattle last season.
  • Olivo started his 11th straight game at catcher, his longest streak of consecutive starts behind the plate in six seasons.
  • Seattle CF Franklin Gutierrez was supposed to play seven innings in center field on rehab at Triple-A Tacoma on Friday night but was moved to DH after rain delayed the start of the game.
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Milton Bradley is restrained by Mariners manager Eric Wedge after getting tossed vs. the White Sox. (Getty Images)
Milton Bradley is restrained by Mariners manager Eric Wedge after getting tossed vs. the White Sox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

F. Hernandez
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 6

P. Humber
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 3
K 4

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF3120000 .256
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010011 .250
Adam Dunn, DH2000201 .149
Paul Konerko, 1B3001014 .288
Carlos Quentin, RF4111001 .275
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000000 .238
Alex Rios, CF4000010 .178
Mark Teahen, 3B3000020 .234
Gordon Beckham, 2B3010010 .211
2B - Juan Pierre (2, Hernandez), Gordon Beckham (6, Hernandez)
HR - Carlos Quentin (7, Hernandez)
SF - Paul Konerko (4)
SH - Juan Pierre (5)
RBI - Paul Konerko (26), Carlos Quentin (18)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
Philip Humber 7322340 2.97
Matt Thornton (L,0-3) 1.2411020 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 93-58, Matt Thornton 37-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 9-8
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 27, Matt Thornton 9
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3100101 .304
Chone Figgins, 3B2010101 .222
Milton Bradley, LF4111033 .215
    Ryan Langerhans, LF0000000 .173
Miguel Olivo, C4000013 .200
Justin Smoak, 1B3011110 .315
Jack Cust, DH4010012 .200
    Adam Kennedy, PR-DH0100000 .275
Jack Wilson, 2B4010001 .243
Michael Saunders, CF4000002 .184
Brendan Ryan, SS4021000 .191
2B - Chone Figgins (6, Thornton), Milton Bradley (6, Humber), Justin Smoak (9, Humber), Brendan Ryan (5, Humber)
SH - Chone Figgins (2)
RBI - Milton Bradley (13), Justin Smoak (21), Brendan Ryan (7)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (9), Brendan Ryan (2)
SB - Chone Figgins (6, 3rd base off Thornton/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (W,4-2) 9522261 3.02
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 109-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 11-10
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 34
Game Information
Attendance - 31912
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Mike Winters