The Mariners got the stopper they were looking for ending their eight game skid by defeating Texas 4-3 in 13 innings. The Mariners are now 8 games under .500 (21-29).
Nick Tepesch (4-4) was perfect through three and owned a 2-0 lead going into the fourth inning but; Endy Chavez ended that with a leadoff single in the fourth and in the sixth Kendrys Morales erased the shutout and lead with a two-run, game tying homerun (6). The Mariners were able to get two men on base in the bottom of the ninth but failed to capitalize.
Elvis Andrus lead off the 11th with a pinch-hit single off Carter Capps and AJ Pierzynski followed up with a pinch-hit single off Oliver Perez that scored Andrus and gave Texas a 3-2 lead. Just as fans thought it was time to pack up the kids and head to the car, Raul Ibanez blasted his ninth homerun of the season to tie the game at three in the bottom of the 11th. Jason Bay, hoping to reverse engineer the Cleveland series, was robbed of a walk-off homerun by left fielder David Murphy and off to the 12th, and 13th they went. Yoervis Medina did a nice job getting out of a jam in the 13th with runners on the corners and two outs. Then, the man who was robbed of a walk-off in the 11th, Jason Bay laced the game winning single to left scoring Kendrys Morales and ending their eight game losing streak with a 4-3 win in 13 innings. Medina earned his first big league victory going 1 2/3rds, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking two.
Hisashi Iwakuma came away with a no decision despite a strong outing. Iwakuma went eight innings, allowed five hits, two earned runs, struck out eight with no walks. Tom Wilhelmsen was superb with two 1-2-3 innings of work and two K’s for his 12th save.
Tepesch lasted 5 1/3rd innings, allowed five hits, two earned runs, struck out six and walked one.
Game Notes: Dustin Ackley is mired in a slump, 0 for 19 after going 0-5 today. He is now hitting .205. Kendrys Morales was 3 for 6 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Yoervis Medina earned his first big league victory.
Up Next: The San Diego Padres are in town for two beginning Monday, Aaron Harang (1-5, 8.58) vs. Clayton Richard (0-4, 8.54)