Rapid Reaction: Sox 7, Mariners 4

June, 1, 2012
6/01/12
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

How it happened: With the game tied 4-4 and two outs in the eighth inning, Alexei Ramirez knocked in the game-winning run with a single. It was his seventh RBI in the last six games. The White Sox were given the scoring opportunity when Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders dropped a fly ball by Paul Konerko to start the inning. Alejandro De Aza added to the run total with a two-run single. The White Sox’s bullpen squandered a 4-2 lead by allowing two runs in the eighth inning. White Sox starter Jake Peavy received a no decision after allowing three hits, two runs, three walks and striking out four in 6 1/3 innings. Gordon Beckham provided the White Sox’s early offense with his first career multi-home run game. Adam Dunn also homered in the win. Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning and picked up his seventh save.

What it means: The White Sox remain the hottest team in baseball. They’ve now won nine games in a row and 13 of their last 14. It’s their first nine-game winning streak since 2010. They also stayed 1 games up on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

Outside the box: Matt Thornton broke the White Sox’s record for relief appearances on Friday. He made his 425th appearance to break Bobby Thigpen's mark.

Up next: Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02) will start for the White Sox on Saturday. He will be countered by Mariners starter Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01).
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.30 29 27
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Ramirez .379
HRA. Ramirez 4
RBIA. Ramirez 14
RA. Eaton 15
OPSA. Ramirez 1.044
ERAC. Sale 2.30
SOC. Sale 29