Rapid Reaction: Sox 7, Mariners 4
April, 22, 2012
By Scott Powers
Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.
How it happened: Alex Rios and Paul Konerko continue to swing hot bats for the White Sox. Rios extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single, double and triple and three RBIs on Sunday. He delivered a shot into the left-field gap for a triple in the sixth inning, scoring two runs to tie the game at 4-4. Kosuke Fukudome gave the White Sox the lead when he drove in Rios with a sacrifice fly. Konerko also singled and doubled and has reached base in 14 of 15 games this season. Konerko has a team-best 20 hits and is hitting .362. White Sox starter John Danks didn’t have great stuff, but he had enough to get by and improved to 2-2. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs, struck out six and walked four in six innings. The bullpen made its fifth consecutive scoreless outing after allowing seven runs over its previous three games.
What it means: The White Sox completed their first three-game sweep of the season. They’ve bounced back nicely after dropping three of their previous four games at home. They’re now three games over .500 for the second time this season. The worst they can do on their current six-game road trip is 3-3.
Play(s) of the game: The Mariners threw out two White Sox runners at home plate. Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki delivered a strike to catcher Miguel Olivo to get Fukudome out in the fourth inning, and shortstop Brendan Ryan threw out Adam Dunn trying to score on a grounder.
Outside the box: The White Sox and Danks have been dominant against the Mariners in recent years. The White Sox won their eighth consecutive game at Safeco Field, and Danks improved to 7-0 in his last eight starts against the Mariners.
Up next: The White Sox remain on the West Coast and open a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Jake Peavy (2-0, 2.75) will look to make his fourth consecutive quality start of the season for the White Sox. Athletics starter Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.63) is in a tie with eight other pitchers with a major-league-best three wins.