Mariners' second walk-off of '14 came at perfect time

Mariners' second walk-off of '14 came at perfect time

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had to dig deep for Saturday's stay-alive 4-3 victory over the Angels, recording just their second walk-off win of the season when Austin Jackson drove in Brad Miller from third base on a fielder's-choice grounder.

No other Major League team has had so few walk-off victories this season, with the Royals, Braves and Astros tied for second to last, with four apiece as of Sunday afternoon.

Seattle has won only five games in franchise history with a walk-off fielder's choice, the last time being on July 8, 1989, when Dave Valle grounded into a 4-6 forceout and Henry Cotto scored from third in the 11th in a 4-3 win over the Indians.

The Mariners previous walk-off win this season was huge as well, coming on April 23, when Kyle Seager ended Seattle's eight-game losing streak with a three-run bomb in the ninth for a 5-3 win over Houston. The Mariners were 7-13 at that point and seemingly going nowhere, but since Seager won that game, Seattle has gone 79-62 to put itself in playoff contention right down to the last day of the season.

Despite all those wins, the Mariners waited until Game 161 to walk off with another victory.

"I know we had the home run Seager hit earlier," said Miller on Saturday. "But yeah, with all the close games we've been in, it's kind of crazy. But I think at home here we've had a lot of games where [closer Fernando] Rodney has come in and shut the door. It is crazy that this is just our second, but it was a good time for it."

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.