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Bay lifts Mariners to win with RBI hit in 13th

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: May 26, 2013
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners had several heartbreaking losses during their eight-game losing streak.

They ended it with an uplifting win in their last at-bat.

Jason Bay hit a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning, lifting the Mariners to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers.

"It feels great. Not just for me but for everybody. That was a big sigh of relief for a lot of people," Bay said.

The Mariners had been on the losing end of three walkoff victories by the Cleveland Indians in four games and were facing an extra-inning loss after A.J. Pierzynski had given the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th inning with an RBI single.

But Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run off Rangers closer Joe Nathan to keep the game going and Bay came through in the 13th after he was denied a chance to win it in the 11th, when David Murphy leaped above the fence in left-center field to catch Bay's drive.

Yoervis Medina (1-0) worked out of a jam in the 13th inning to keep the game tied.

Kendrys Morales doubled and advanced to third on a groundout by Carlos Triunfel. Bay didn't miss his second opportunity as he singled to left off Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman (0-1) to score Triunfel from third and hand the Mariners a much-needed victory.

The Mariners had moved within a game of .500 after taking two of three from the New York Yankees. Then three losses in the last inning in Cleveland started the eight-game skid.

"We've got a good group of guys out there. They're grinding. They're fighting. They're not giving into it. A lot of breaks have gone against us this week," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We've got guys that are working to try to get to where they need to get to help us win ballgames. We've got a lot going on out there right now but a great win for us."

Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff home run off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Texas scored again in the second after hits by Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland put runners in scoring positions. Leonys Martin drove in Cruz on a sacrifice fly to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

The Mariners left a pair of runners stranded in both the fourth and fifth innings before finally breaking through against Nick Tepesch in the sixth. Kyle Seager doubled down the right field line and Morales homered to knot the game at 2.

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