|By Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
They were one out away from defeat on Friday night in a game they should have lost. For eight innings,
Make that 44-1.
Down 3-0 and facing
It was just the third time this season
"Baseball is a funny game," said manager
With two outs and
"I thought it was just a tremendous at-bat," McClendon said. "He really battled and fouled off some great pitches."
Said Chavez: "I was just fighting with two strikes and trying to be selective."
Jackson had already stranded five runners in the game, including a pop-up to second with the bases loaded to end the fifth. But this time he came through, doubling off the Green Monster in left to score two runs.
"I did not know that was down," Ackley said. "I knew I got it up in the air. I saw Holt running for it and thought he might have a chance at it."
But it landed just out of a diving Holt's reach.
"Ack was running the whole way," Donnelly said. "It was luck of a draw at home plate. But he made a hell of a play."
The ninth-inning rally erased a frustrating sixth inning that started off with a bad break and ended with a bomb. Cespedes hit a towering three-run home run off
"That changeup didn't do anything," Hernandez said of the pitch Cespedes hit. "Give credit to that guy. I threw four in a row and he was looking for it and I just missed my spot."
Hernandez was cruising along, delivering his normal pitching goodness. He wasn't as efficient as he had been in past starts, but he still hadn't allowed a run in the first five innings. It started to derail in the sixth when the second-base bag got in the way.
But not this time.
"He had a good at-bat," Hernandez said.
AL wild card
The top two teams will play each other in a one-game playoff.
Team Record Gms back
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