SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The
had a 29-inning scoring drought snapped by the unlikeliest of heroes.
with a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Mariners edged the
, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game interleague series.
The 41-year-old Borders entered the game just 2-for-21 this season. He doubled his RBI total this season by drilling a base hit into left field. Seattle had not scored since the fifth inning on Monday but pushed across the game's lone run against weary Montreal starter
opened the ninth with a single and Bocachica came on to run. Hernandez, who threw 135 pitches in the contest, got the next two batters. With first base open after Bocachica stole second, Montreal opted to walk
walked to load the bases and Borders ripped a single into left field for the game-winner.
"We finally got a big hit," Mariners manager
said. "We have been searching for one of those for a while. Unexpectedly out of Mr. Borders, but it really doesn't surprise me. He's going to give you everything he's got up there."
"It's always enjoyable to be in a pressure situation. That's the fun of playing," said Borders. "I just wanted to keep the ball out of the air and not be an easy out."
Hernandez allowed 10 hits and five walks in 8 2/3 innings. He struck out five but remained winless in his last five outings - going 0-4 over that stretch.
"I couldn't have asked for anything more," said Expos manager
. "He just didn't get any run support. We lost a tough ballgame."
"Livan pitched about as good as you can pitch," Melvin added. "He's got a great sense for what's going on in the game. He's an outstanding pitcher."
Hernandez said he wasn't tired in the ninth despite his high pitch count.
"I prepare to try to throw as many innings as possible," he said. "I've always liked to throw a lot of pitches. I felt good in the ninth. I had 135 pitches, but I wasn't tired."
Expos left fielder
felt bad for his teammate.
"It's disheartening to have a guy go out on the mound like he did, throw as many pitches as he did, and play good defense behind him and lose a 1-0 game in nine innings," Wilkerson said.
scattered four singles and a double in eight innings. He walked two and struck out four.
"If there is a disappointment in a game like this it's that we couldn't get Franklin a win," Melvin said.
(2-0) worked around a walk in the ninth and picked up the win.
Seattle right fielder
drew a walk and later singled and reached base in 38 consecutive games, tying his career high.