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M's edge Angels, 3-2, in 12 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Not many runs were expected. Not many runs were scored. With All-Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and snubbed All-Star Garrett Richards matching up Saturday night, hitters for both the Seattle Mariners and Angels were in for a long night.

Both pitchers were outstanding, allowing just a run each and a combined five hits in 15 innings pitched. Neither got a win for their efforts.

After playing 16 innings Friday night, the two teams felt like that nine innings still wasn't enough and it took 12 innings for the Mariners to post a 3-2 victory.

The Mariners finally broke through in the top of the 12th, Kyle Seager led off with a double and Logan Morrison scored him with a double down the right field line. Justin Smoak later added an infield single with the bases loaded to provide an insurance run. That extra run would loom large.

In the bottom of the 12th, David Freese hit the second pitch he saw from Dominic Leone out of the park for a solo home run to cut the lead to one. But Charlie Furbush came on to get final three outs of the 12th.

Leone (3-2) got the victory and Furbush his first save of the season.

The Mariners have played 26 innings and nine hours and 20 minutes of baseball in the past two days.

Richards was perfect through five innings, and dominated Mariners hitters, striking out five batters and needing less than 70 pitches to do it.

But Dustin Ackley broke up the perfect game, lashing a double into the gap in left-center to start the sixth inning. Brad Miller moved him to third with some solid situational hitting, bouncing a hard ground ball to first baseman Albert Pujols, allowing Ackley to advance to third.

With runs likely scarce, manager Mike Scioscia played the Angels' infield in on the grass to try and have a play on the runner at home. That helped Jesus Sucre, who was able to drop a soft line drive over shortstop John McDonald's head into left field to score Ackley. Had the Angels been playing at normal depth, McDonald probably catches that liner in the air. Instead, Seattle had a 1-0 lead.

But that lead wouldn't hold. Hernandez was a prime part of the undoing. Pujols battled him for an 11-pitch leadoff walk to start the bottom of the seventh. Josh Hamilton followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. It was the fourth walk of the game for Hernandez -- a season high.

Then things got a little goofy. Howie Kendrick hit a soft ground ball up the middle. Both Miller at shortstop and second baseman Robinson Cano converged on it. Miller went to second thinking Cano would grab it and flip to him. Cano pulled back thinking Miller would grab it, step on second and throw to first.

Instead, Miller had to make a late dive for the ball and then made the poor decision to try and throw to first from his knees when he had no play. The ball bounced past Morrison and allowed the slow-footed Pujols to score.

Hernandez wouldn't let the misfortune slow him down. He got Freese to hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Seager to get Josh Hamilton out at third. Hernandez then got Efren Navarro to ground out and struck out Chris Iannetta to end the inning and his outing.

He pitched seven innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits with four walks and nine strikeouts on 114 pitches. It was his 12th consecutive start that he pitched seven or more innings and allowed two runs or fewer -- it tied an American League record also held by Albert "Chief" Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics, who accomplished the feat in 1907. But Hernandez didn't have a win to show for it.

Richards was done after eight innings and 98 pitches, allowing the one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

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