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Mariners 6, White Sox 5 (11 innings): Homers sink bullpen

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Early lead erodes for good when Nate Jones gives up tying shot in eighth, and Dan Jennings the walk-off shot

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The traditional watched-at-work bullet-point recap:

*The Mariners bookended this series with walkoff wins, as Leonys Martin found a hanging 0-2 slider to his liking and hit it out to right for the game-winning solo shot. It was the second homer of the game for Martin, who also took Miguel Gonzalez deep earlier in the game.

*The Mariners rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 5-2 with the longball. Besides Martin’s two-run homer in the second, Mike Zunino hit a two-run shot in the seventh off Zach Duke to make it a one-run game, and Adam Lind struck again with a solo shot off Nate Jones to tie the game at 5 with two outs in the eighth.

*Seattle’s comeback spoiled a potential salvage job by the White Sox, who didn’t think much of the post-DL Felix Hernandez. After Justin Morneau drew a two-out walk to put two on, Todd Frazier jumped on the first pitch for a no-doubt homer to left, his 28th of the year, for a quick 3-0 lead.

*The White Sox found more two-out offense in the second with three straight singles by Tyler Saladino, Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera.

*Miguel Gonzalez gave away half the 4-0 lead when Martin followed a leadoff walk to Kyle Seager with his dinger, but Gonzalez pitched well otherwise. He allowed just four hits and a walk over his first six innings while striking out six.

*Alas, he walked Seager to lead off the seventh, and that walk came around to score on Duke’s watch via Zunino’s homer. Duke then threatened to give up the lead when he loaded the bases on an HBP and two walks, calling Robin Ventura’s sanity into question, especially since Matt Albers was the only one warming up in the bullpen for most of the inning. Then Duke got Robinson Cano to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to strand them.

*For a while, it looked like Justin Morneau’s first RBI — a single that brought home Cabrera, who tripled — in the fifth inning would stand as the decisive run. Then Lind took Jones out the opposite way on a low-and-away fastball that wasn’t all that bad to tie the game.

*A sixth run proved elusive for the Sox. J.B. Shuck popped out with two on in the seventh, and Steve Cishek struck out Todd Frazier after creating a jam with an HBP and a walk with two outs in the ninth.

*Eaton denied the Mariners a sixth run in the 10th inning. With two outs, Jennings pitched around Nelson Cruz with two outs, a move that almost proved fatal when Cano hit a double. Eaton didn’t get the carom right off the sidewall, and his misplay encouraged a green light for Cruz. Eaton recovered in time and made a great throw to Dioner Navarro, who slapped the tag for the final out and Eaton’s 14th assist.

*Alas, that play went for naught, as did great days at the plate for Cabrera (a homer shy of the cycle), Saladino (3-for-5 off the bench in place of Tim Anderson), and Morneau (2-for-3 with two walks).

*David Robertson also came back to pitch a scoreless ninth after his disaster on Monday.

Record: 46-48 | Box score | Highlights