SEATTLE -- Mike Zunino
delivered a bases-loaded RBI single off Chicago reliever Shawn Camp in the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners
defeated the Cubs 5-4 on Friday night.
Blake Parker (0-1) walked Michael Saunders
and Raul Ibanez to start the 10th inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Jason Bay
, an intentional walk to Justin Smoak
loaded the bases, Zunino worked the count full before singling up the middle to drive in the winning run.
The Mariners (35-45) rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning. Nick Franklin
led off with a double and advanced to third on a groundout by Kyle Seager. Kendrys Morales added a double to score Franklin and put the tying run in scoring position. Ibanez followed with a triple to left that just ducked under the glove of a sliding Brian Bugosevic to score pinch-runner Saunders from second and even the game at 4-all.
A pair of home runs in the seventh inning extended the Cubs' (33-45) lead. Alfonso Soriano
homered to left field off Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the inning and Dioner Navarro followed with a two-out blast to right to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.
Seattle earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning. After a leadoff walk to Bay, Zunino flared a fly ball to right field that managed to find the turf after an apparent miscommunication between center fielder Ryan Sweeney and right fielder Nate Schierholtz. The play put runners on the corners and Bay scored on a fielder's choice by Brad Miller.
Yoervis Medina (3-2) earned the victory in relief.
Notes: The Mariners selected the contract of SS Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma and he made his major-league debut batting ninth. In his first at-bat, Miller lined out to right field. He did collect his first big league RBI on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning. ... Seattle optioned INF Carlos Triunfel to Tacoma and designated minor league INF Alex Liddi for assignment. ... Dustin Ackley saw his first playing time in the outfield for Seattle since being recalled on June 25. Ackley, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, had played only first and second base for Seattle in his prior two seasons with the team. ... Entering Friday night's game, Wood was 0-3 in his last four outings despite quality starts in each. ... Wood's season-high for strikeouts was eight against St. Louis on May 7. He's struck out five Mariners through five innings and finished the game with six.
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