Rapid Reaction: Mariners 3, White Sox 2 (14)

July, 5, 2014
Jul 5
5:55
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox could not hang on and fell 3-2 to the Seattle Mariners in 14 innings Saturday to even the three-game series at a game each.

How it happened: The Mariners’ Brad Miller doubled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning off White Sox reliever Ronald Belisario, who was in his third inning of work. The White Sox could have won it before extra innings, but relievers Eric Surkamp and Zach Putnam combined to give up two runs that let the Mariners tie it. The White Sox broke through against Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning on an RBI double from Dayan Viciedo and a sacrifice fly from Tyler Flowers for a 2-0 lead. Jose Quintana went 7 1/3 scoreless innings, matching a season high with 10 strikeouts. Jose Abreu’s hitting streak was snapped at 18 games. The White Sox had four hits in 47 at-bats.

What it means: No matter where they turn, the White Sox can’t find somebody they can trust to close games. Matt Lindstrom struggled before going down with an ankle injury. Belisario was pitching well in a setup role, but couldn’t handle the ninth inning. Now the closer-by-committee setup isn’t getting it done either. That doesn’t even include closer candidate Nate Jones, who has been out almost the entire season with a back issue.

Outside the box: With his single to lead off the game, Adam Eaton has now reached base in 27 of his last 28 contests. He entered Saturday with a .311 batting average, five triples and 16 walks over his previous 27 games and a .343 average and a .439 on-base percentage over his previous 19 games.

Off beat: Abreu nearly clubbed his 28th home run of the season in the fourth inning, but his drive to center field was caught at the top of the wall by the Mariners’ James Jones. Had Abreu gone deep it would have been the fifth former Cy Young Award winner he had homered off after Clayton Kershaw, R.A. Dickey, Justin Verlander and David Price.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.33 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Mariners will counter with right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-0, 4.50) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208