Rapid Reaction: Sox 7, Mariners 4

June, 1, 2012
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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
12 2.20 198 168
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .319
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 105
RA. Ramirez 80
OPSJ. Abreu .974
ERAC. Sale 2.20
SOC. Sale 198