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Mariners secure 50th win in 11-inning thriller

Span drives in game-winner with sac fly; Diaz notches MLB-leading 30th save
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BALTIMORE -- Jean Segura needed a moment. An inside pitch from Orioles reliever Mychal Givens forced the shortstop to awkwardly jerk away from the plate. Segura reached for his back, bringing out the trainer, and for a moment, raising the question if he could finish Wednesday's extra-innings roller coaster of a game.

It ended up being just a cramp, and on the very next pitch, the 28-year-old ripped a leadoff double off the wall in left-center, putting the winning run on second and taking the Major League lead with 34 multi-hit games. On third base after a Kyle Seager single, Segura hustled home on a sac fly from Denard Span to give the Mariners their eventual 8-7 win -- their 50th of the season -- in the 11th inning at Camden Yards.

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BALTIMORE -- Jean Segura needed a moment. An inside pitch from Orioles reliever Mychal Givens forced the shortstop to awkwardly jerk away from the plate. Segura reached for his back, bringing out the trainer, and for a moment, raising the question if he could finish Wednesday's extra-innings roller coaster of a game.

It ended up being just a cramp, and on the very next pitch, the 28-year-old ripped a leadoff double off the wall in left-center, putting the winning run on second and taking the Major League lead with 34 multi-hit games. On third base after a Kyle Seager single, Segura hustled home on a sac fly from Denard Span to give the Mariners their eventual 8-7 win -- their 50th of the season -- in the 11th inning at Camden Yards.

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Video: SEA@BAL: Seager, Span, Diaz combine for win in extras

"He was fine, obviously," manager Scott Servais said of Segura with a smile. "... Just having a fantastic season. Can't say enough about him."

"Phenomenal," Seager said. "... He absolutely should be an All-Star. He's been incredible."

Video: SEA@BAL: Segura shrugs off pain, hits a clutch double

But the Mariners' win came only after two lead changes in the eighth and ninth innings. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sent a 3-1 Alex Colome cutter 403 feet to right field for a three-run homer and a 7-5 Baltimore lead.

"I told the guys when they hit the homer … the game's not over," said Diaz, who recorded his 30th save in the win, the closer's third straight appearance. "I told them, 'Lets go. Let's win the game right now.'"

Video: SEA@BAL: Diaz fans Wilkerson to pick up 30th save

The next inning, Seager continued his big series with a two-run shot of his own off the ever-tough Zach Britton, who's allowed just one home run to a lefty since 2014.

"You just try to get him in the air, and fortunately, it got out," Seager said of his game-tying homer. "You're certainly not thinking home run there."

After a scoreless 10th from Chasen Bradford, Segura and Span -- with help from Seager -- combined to end it.

Video: SEA@BOS: Seager crushes game-tying 2-run homer in 9th

Coupled with Tuesday night's 3-2 win, the Mariners have now tied the Yankees for the most come-from-behind wins in the Majors (23), taking a lead after the seventh inning on 16 of those occasions.

"Just the way we have been scratching off victories has been resilient. Never giving up, never giving away at-bats," Span said. "It seems like every time we get behind, somebody different every night is coming up with a big hit."

Video: SEA@BAL: Span plates Segura with a single to center

It's taken a lot of magic, and plenty of skill, for the Mariners to put together all their comeback wins. On Wednesday, it was aided by a solid and efficient start from Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc, a long reliever/starter hybrid who has started 11 times this season, went 5 2/3 innings on just 66 pitches. In a story he knows all too well, he took a no-decision yet again. His record stands idle at 3-0.

It was also an eventful night for Mike Zunino, who was hit in the helmet with a pitch an inning before bobbling a relay throw and missing a tag to allow two Orioles to score. But he also brought home two with a single in the fifth inning, erasing the tumultuous night -- and the 1-for-23 slump -- that preceded it.

Video: SEA@BAL: Zunino gets hit up high, stays in the game

After the bullpen gave up the lead on Davis' home run, Diaz worked around a leadoff hit to shut the door in the 11th and build on his Major League saves lead.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Zunino's busy night:  After taking a pitch to the helmet and seeing two runs score while he fumbled a relay throw at the plate, Zunino came up big in the fifth inning, giving the Mariners a temporary lead with a bases-loaded, two-run single.

Video: SEA@BAL: Zunino plates Seager, Span with a single

"It was big for him, confidence-wise," Servais said of Zunino. "Rough trip for him, hasn't gotten much going consistency-wise. … Starting to come back around for him. We certainly need him. He's an important part of our lineup."

SOUND SMART
Diaz passed Kazuhiro Sasaki for the most first-half saves in Mariners history. Sasaki -- who leads the Mariners all-time in saves -- set the record as part of a 45-save season in 2001.

"They did it differently," Servais said. "[Sasaki] had the split-finger, Eddie does it with the lively fastball and the slider. Eddie's had a tremendous first half. It tough every time you walk out there with a one-run lead. But he's been very aggressive, great stuff again tonight."

HE SAID IT
"We can score runs in so many ways. The huge home run tonight to tie the game, then we get the double, we move some guys around, score the winning run. It's the speed-power aspect of our team. We are never out of a ballgame. Just have to string some good at-bats together, and luckily, we did that late in the game today." -- Servais, on how his team has won games this season

Video: SEA@BAL: Healy crushes a solo homer to center

UP NEXT
Mike Leake, whose eight wins lead the Mariners' staff, will get the mound for Thursday's matinee as Seattle seeks a four-game series sweep over the Orioles. Jimmy Yacabonis will start for Baltimore. Leake was dominant last time out, going eight innings and giving up only three hits and two walks in a win over Boston. First pitch is slated for 12:05 p.m. PT.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com.

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