Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia drives in Jarrod Dyson witha single with two outs in ninth as Mariners overcome late homers for 5-4 victory.
It was a simple — if not necessarily easy — formula that Scott Servais laid out for his starting pitching-challenged team before Thursday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Needing yet another different starter as a result of the myriad of injuries that have beset the Mariners this season, Seattle turned to rookie Sam Gaviglio.
Not only was Gaviglio the 10th different starter for Seattle this season — the most in the majors — but it was also only the second major-league appearance of his career.
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All Servais wanted, he said, was four or five innings from Gaviglio “to keep us in the game and then we will go from there.’’
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He got that and more from Gaviglio.
It was the “go from there’’ part that momentarily proved the problem and needed the Mariners to pull off some bottom-of-the-ninth heroics to emerge with a 5-4 win.
After Gaviglio threw five shutout innings to depart with his first victory potentially at hand, the bullpen blew up, allowing three homers in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the score.
Two came back-to-back with two outs in the eighth inning off Dan Altavilla — solo shots by Todd Frazier and Matt Anderson that made it 4-4.
Frazier hit his to left and Anderson to right as a White Sox team that came in having lost nine of its last 11 games quickly, if not necessarily unsurprisingly given some of the issues for the Seattle bullpen this season, turned Bark in the Park Night from celebratory to here-we-go-again.
But the bullpen blowup merely set up a dramatic ninth.
Taylor Motter led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right. Motter was erased at second on a bunt attempt by Jarrod Dyson.
But Dyson then beat out a…