M’s break through in 11th
Felix not happy about being pulled after eight
SEATTLE — Franklin Gutierrez’s two-run single off Chicago closer Bobby Jenks in the bottom of the 11th inning sent the Seattle Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the stunned White Sox on Wednesday night.
Ageless Omar Vizquel looked like the star after singling home Gordon Beckham with two outs in the top of the 11th for the game’s first run.
But Jenks (1-3) allowed a bunt single up the first-base line by Seattle’s Jack Wilson leading off the bottom of the inning.
Ichiro Suzuki sacrificed him to second. Wilson advanced to third on a line-drive single by Chone Figgins, who stole second.
Alex Rios’ throw home on Gutierrez’s single to center was late and cut off in the infield. Figgins slid home and then ran into the infield to join his teammates as they mobbed Gutierrez.
Seattle got eight innings of two-hit ball from ace Felix Hernandez, then won for just the fourth time in 18 games.
Chicago lost for the fourth time in six games.
Hernandez was cruising toward his fifth complete game – plus one nine-inning outing – in seven starts when manager Don Wakamatsu unexpectedly pulled him after eight innings and 93 pitches. It was his lowest pitch count since May 7, and the ace had allowed just two singles and retired his last 17 batters. He struck out eight and walked no one.
“Go talk to Wak. Talk to somebody,” Hernandez said when asked about being pulled. “No, I don’t understand. I don’t worry about the innings. I feel good. I feel strong. What do you want me to say? Talk to the manager.”
LOB—Chicago 5, Seattle 6. 2B—Beckham (16). RBIs—Vizquel (17), F.Gutierrez 2 (38). SB—Pierre (35), Vizquel (4), Figgins (25). CS—Figgins (6). S—I.Suzuki, F.Gutierrez. RLISP—Chicago 4 (Pierzynski, Vizquel, Konerko, Rios); Seattle 1 (Bradley). GIDP—An.Jones, Jo.Lopez. DP—Chicago 2 (Vizquel, Beckham, Konerko), (An.Jones, Konerko); Seattle 1 (Ja.Wilson, Langerhans).
|Jenks L, 1-3 BS, 2-22||1/3||3||2||2||0||0||10||5.09|
|League W, 7-6||2||2||1||1||1||1||21||3.67|
IR-S—Threets 2-0. IBB—off S.Santos (Jo.Lopez). HBP—by Aardsma (Pierre). T—2:49. A—21,529 (47,878).
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