CHICAGO--Perhaps the struggles on Chicago's South Side are coming to an end for the Mariners.
Long after squandering a gem of a performance from starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, long after improbably tying the score in the top of the ninth, the Mariners finally picked up a rare win at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.
Brad Miller doubled to left-center to score Michael Saunders from second for the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th.
Fernando Rodney closed out the bottom of the 14th to notch his league-high 25th save to secure a 3-2 marathon win over the White Sox.
It was just the Mariners' fifth win in 28 games at U.S. Cellular, dating to 2008.
They will attempt to win their first series at the park since 2007 on Sunday with rookie Taijuan Walker getting the start.
Down 2-0 and looking like they were headed for a loss, the Mariners scratched out two runs in the ninth inning to tie the score. Mike Zunino's sacrifice fly scored Robinson Cano. And with two outs, Michael Saunders singled through the right side of the infield to score pinch-runner Dustin Ackley.
After getting carved up by All-Star left-hander Chris Sale on Friday night, it was fellow lefty Jose Quintana's turn to cause the Mariners hitters problems.
Quintana tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 10 and walking just one.
The Mariners had a chance to get a run off Quintana in the eighth inning. But with runners on first and third and one out, James Jones couldn't put the ball in play, striking out on a high fastball. The White Sox went to right-handed reliever Jake Petricka to face Willie Bloomquist. The Mariners countered with pinch hitter Endy Chavez. Petricka won the battle, getting Chavez to ground out to end the inning.
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