Rapid Reaction: Sox 7, Mariners 4
June, 1, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
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 ½ 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).