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Miller, Mariners rally to edge White Sox in 14th inning

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CHICAGO -- Lloyd McClendon tried to remember each of the five relievers who pitched so well as Saturday afternoon's game stretched into the early evening. The manager of the Seattle Mariners gave up after a brief moment.

It was enough to know they each had a scoreless outing.

Brad Miller hit an RBI double in the 14th inning and Fernando Rodney earned his AL-best 25th save, leading Seattle to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"Each and every one of them came in, threw the ball extremely well," McClendon said of his bullpen, and then added with a chuckle, "I can't even remember who all pitched it was so long ago."

Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Danny Farquhar, Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) and Rodney combined for six innings of one-hit relief. Farquhar got five outs and Wilhelmsen pitched two innings.

"Battle of the bullpens there, some good arms being run out, and we just kept fighting," Miller said.

Michael Saunders reached on an infield single against Ronald Belisario (3-5) and swiped second before Miller hit a drive into the gap in left-center for a ground-rule double. It was Miller's first hit in six at-bats on the day.

"A lot of character and a lot of grind today," Saunders said.

Saunders and Logan Morrison had three hits apiece for Seattle, which has won five of six and 11 of 14 overall. Felix Hernandez pitched eight sharp innings to help the Mariners bounce back from Friday night's 7-1 loss in the series opener.

Chicago managed only four hits while wasting another strong start by Jose Quintana, who struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings.

"When you play 14 innings and only get four hits obviously they're doing something right," second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "Long day."

The game was scoreless before the White Sox pushed across two runs in the eighth against Hernandez, who had gone 7-1 in his previous 10 starts. Conor Gillaspie had a leadoff triple and scored on Dayan Viciedo's double. Tyler Flowers added a sacrifice fly.

Quintana allowed four hits and walked one in 7 2-3 scoreless innings. The 10 strikeouts matched a season high for the left-hander, who is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.94 ERA in his last four starts.

"I throw my pitches in the count, throw both sides, getting ahead in the count - it (becomes) more important inning by inning," Quintana said. "I keep going with that, it's the best thing for long games for me."

Chicago was in line for its second straight win against Seattle before the Mariners rallied in the ninth. Mike Zunino had a sacrifice fly against Zach Putnam before consecutive two-out singles by Morrison and Saunders produced the tying run.

Morrison's grounder went off the glove of diving first baseman Jose Abreu and bounced past Beckham on the way to right field.

Hernandez allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked one. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in nine career starts at the White Sox.

"He did a great job today and kept us in the ballgame the entire way through," Saunders said.

Hernandez and Quintana were locked in an impressive duel before the late scoring.

Quintana struck out six while retiring his first 11 batters, including the side in the second. Robinson Cano had a two-out single for Seattle's first baserunner in the fourth, but Quintana fanned Corey Hart to end the inning.

Hernandez was just as dominant, retiring 11 in a row after Adam Eaton's leadoff single in the first. He also set down 10 in a row in another impressive stretch.

Hernandez got some help from his defense. Jones crashed into wall in center to rob Abreu of extra bases in the fourth, and left fielder Willie Bloomquist made a leaping grab on the warning track on Viciedo's drive in the fifth.

The White Sox had their own defensive gem in the 11th inning when Adam Eaton reached back to grab Morrison's leadoff drive while slamming into the wall in center.

Notes

Quintana also had 10 strikeouts in a no-decision against Detroit on April 29. His career high is 11, set last July 4 against Baltimore. ... Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said LHP James Paxton threw "extremely well" during his bullpen session on Friday. Paxton is on the 60-day DL with a left lat dorsi muscle strain. ... OF Cole Gillespie, who designed for assignment by Seattle on Friday, was claimed off waivers by Toronto. ... Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 4.50 ERA) faces RHP Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.33 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday.

 
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Brad Miller connects for the game-winning double in the 14th inning as the Mariners edge the White Sox. (USATSI)
Brad Miller connects for the game-winning double in the 14th inning as the Mariners edge the White Sox. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Saunders
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Quintana
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 10
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
James Jones, CF6000113 .279
Willie Bloomquist, LF3000010 .270
   a-Endy Chavez, PH-LF4010014 .252
Robinson Cano, 2B5120101 .323
Corey Hart, DH4010021 .205
   Dustin Ackley, PR-DH2100012 .227
Kyle Seager, 3B5000121 .278
Mike Zunino, C5001013 .216
Logan Morrison, 1B6030010 .260
Michael Saunders, RF5131110 .270
Brad Miller, SS6011025 .204
Felix Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals513113413  
a-grounded out for Bloomquist in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Miller (7, Belisario)
SF - Mike Zunino (4)
RBI - Mike Zunino (33), Michael Saunders (27), Brad Miller (24)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Saunders (8)
SB - Robinson Cano (6, 2nd base off Guerra/Flowers), Michael Saunders (3, 2nd base off Belisario/Flowers)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Brad Miller (12, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 8322180 2.11
Yoervis Medina 1000110 2.32
Charlie Furbush 0.1000000 4.21
Danny Farquhar 1.2100030 2.68
Tom Wilhelmsen (W,1-1) 2000020 2.49
Fernando Rodney (S,25) 1000010 2.10
IBB - Gillaspie by Yoervis Medina
WP - Felix Hernandez (12), Yoervis Medina (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 108-76, Yoervis Medina 24-10, Charlie Furbush 2-2, Danny Farquhar 23-17, Tom Wilhelmsen 18-12, Fernando Rodney 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 11-6, Yoervis Medina 3-0, Charlie Furbush 1-0, Danny Farquhar 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-3, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Yoervis Medina 5, Charlie Furbush 1, Danny Farquhar 6, Tom Wilhelmsen 6, Fernando Rodney 3
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF6010021 .273
Gordon Beckham, 2B6000022 .252
Jose Abreu, 1B4000011 .276
   Leury Garcia, PR-RF2010010 .200
Adam Dunn, DH5000133 .225
Alexei Ramirez, SS6000023 .288
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4110100 .310
Dayan Viciedo, RF3011010 .252
   Moises Sierra, PR-RF0100000 .202
   a-Paul Konerko, PH-1B2000002 .221
Alejandro De Aza, LF5000020 .224
Tyler Flowers, C4001010 .226
Jose Quintana, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
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2B - Dayan Viciedo (19, Hernandez)
3B - Conor Gillaspie (3, Hernandez)
SF - Tyler Flowers (1)
RBI - Dayan Viciedo (31), Tyler Flowers (26)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 7.24001100 3.20
Jake Petricka 0.1000000 1.93
Eric Surkamp 0011100 6.75
Zach Putnam (BS,1) 1311000 2.41
Javy Guerra 2100220 2.00
Ronald Belisario (L,3-5) 3311010 5.31
IBB - Seager by Javy Guerra
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 109-75, Jake Petricka 6-4, Eric Surkamp 5-1, Zach Putnam 19-12, Javy Guerra 34-20, Ronald Belisario 57-36
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 9-4, Jake Petricka 1-0, Javy Guerra 1-3, Ronald Belisario 6-1
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 28, Jake Petricka 1, Eric Surkamp 1, Zach Putnam 6, Javy Guerra 9, Ronald Belisario 11
Game Information
Attendance - 23113
Game Time - 4:38
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dana DeMuth