SEATTLE — Never in Mariners history had one run taken so long — and felt so good.
Pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. lined a single off the right-field wall with two outs in the bottom of the 14th to give the Mariners a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night and end the longest scoreless game in Seattle's 33-year history.
After the second seventh-inning stretch of the night, Adrian Beltre, eight days removed from the disabled list following shoulder surgery, singled with one out in the 14th. Tony Pena (6-4) struck out Russell Branyan but walked Jack Hannahan, who was playing because shortstop Jack Wilson strained his hamstring in the fifth inning.
Up came Griffey, a member of the White Sox in 2008, thrilling the many who remained from an original crowd of 24,427.
Junior rekindled his Seattle magic of the 1990s by lining a 1-2 pitch into the corner. The 39-year-old slugger, who returned to Seattle this season with a one-year contract, triumphantly raised his right arm as he rounded first base — and then ran into right field as his teammates chased him in celebration.
Griffey's other pinch-hit this season was also against a Tony Pena, of Arizona. That was a two-run homer that tied a game Seattle eventually won.
Chicago's Mark Kotsay singled with one out in the top of the 14th off Chris Jakubauskas (6-7). Seattle's long reliever then walked No. 9 hitter Jason Nix on 11 pitches but struck out Scott Podsednik and rookie Gordon Beckham to end the inning. Beckham fired his bat toward the dugout in disgust.
Seattle, the lowest-scoring team in the American League, stayed 5 games behind Boston in the AL wild card. The Mariners host AL East-leading New York for four games beginning Thursday.
The White Sox hadn't been scoreless for so long in one game since Sept. 22, 1975, when they lost 3-0 in 16 innings at California. A win would have brought them within one game of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Mark Buehrle allowed six hits in eight innings, his best start since his perfect game against Tampa Bay three weeks ago.
The White Sox couldn't break through against Felix Hernandez and four relievers.
Seattle's 23-year-old ace struck out a season high-tying 10 and continually escaped trouble in his seven innings. It was his fourth scoreless start of his All-Star season.
Alex Rios, in his first game with the White Sox after 809 at the start of his career with Toronto, singled hard off the mound on a hit-and-run to send Podsednik to third with one out in the 10th against Mark Lowe. Two pitches later, catcher Rob Johnson caught Podsednik too far off third and fired to Beltre to pick him off.
Rios, batting third and playing right field in place of slumping Jermaine Dye, went 1 for 6 and struck out twice. Chicago claimed the two-time All-Star outfielder and his mammoth contract off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday.
NOTES: Entering Wednesday, Buehrle was 0-3 with a 8.35 ERA since his perfect game. ... It was the Mariners' seventh shutout. The White Sox were shut out for the 10th time.