SEA slick: Mariners stun SD after trailing 12-2

SEA slick: Mariners stun SD after trailing 12-2

SAN DIEGO -- Wade Miley delivered his best pitch of the night with a straight face.

"I knew going in if I could hold 'em to 12, we had a chance," the Mariners starter said after his teammates rallied from a 10-run deficit to pull out a 16-13 win over the Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park.

Pitcher-friendly Petco Park? Not on this night. And not in this series. Seattle wound up outscoring the Padres, 45-34, over a wild four days between Safeco Field -- another place not normally prone to offensive outbursts -- and the normally serene San Diego stadium.

The Mariners won by scores of 9-3 and 16-4 in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday, then lost a 14-6 battle Wednesday before rallying for the 16-13 win in Thursday's finale with the biggest comeback in franchise history

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Seattle's pitching staff came to San Diego with the lowest ERA in the American League at 3.37 and departed two days later at 3.65. But the Mariners also head to Texas now in a tie with the Rangers atop the AL West at 31-22 and feeling like they can do just about anything at this point.

"Everybody was involved in this one," manager Scott Servais said after his club scored 14 runs in the sixth and seventh innings to overcome a 12-2 deficit. "It really says a lot about our team. I've seen a lot of big league games and never seen a 10-run comeback. I can't say enough about our guys and their belief in each other. That's kind of what it's all about."

The Mariners knocked out seven straight singles with two outs in the seventh when they took the lead with a nine-run rally.

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"You don't see that very often, all the two-out singles, seven in a row?" said third baseman Kyle Seager, who had a two-run single in that inning as well as a two-run double in the sixth in his five-RBI night. "That doesn't happen. That was just an unbelievable experience and something I've never been a part of.

Seager's two-run double

"But that's been the team they've talked about all year, keep the line moving, keep everything going," Seager said of Servais and new general manager Jerry Dipoto. "You look at the entire lineup, every spot was productive today. It was unbelievable."

Nelson Cruz blasted a 435-foot homer to center field early in the game and Robinson Cano had a pair of hits, but it was the Mariners' non-stars who came through in the clutch with Stefen Romero tying the game and Shawn O'Malley hitting the go-ahead RBI to make a winner out of reliever Cody Martin. Romero and O'Malley are recent callups and Martin just joined the team Thursday from Triple-A Tacoma.

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Rookie first baseman Dae-Ho Lee ignited the comeback with a three-run homer in the sixth that gave Seattle life as the 33-year-old from Korea proved again to be one of Seattle's biggest unsung additions.

"We have many good players, not just Cano, Seager, Cruz," Lee said through interpreter D.J. Park. "They're all good batters and I just learn from them."

And the Mariners are rapidly learning about Lee as well as he racked up another three hits and four RBIs.

"His hit definitely sparked a little life," Seager said. "Coming in with the pinch-hit like that, he's been incredible. The ball sounds different off his bat. It's been incredible to watch."

Lee's three-run blast

And in the end, the Mariners did what was needed to overcome a clunker from Miley, who called his own effort "pitiful" after allowing 12 hits and nine runs in 4 2/3 innings to put Seattle in its big early hole.

"The way these guys picked me up tonight, that was outstanding," Miley said. "It helps me out. As bad as I struggled, for them to come and do what they did is pretty special. We've got a pretty good group of guys in here."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.