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Friday, April 20, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Mariners 3

By Brendan Murphy

Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

How it happened: Adam Dunn happened. The Sox’s slugger knocked in five runs with two home runs and a double in one of his best games as a member of the team. Dunn led the charge out of the gate as Chicago scored six runs in the first two innings. Of those six runs, Dunn knocked in four. His three-run homer in the second inning was a blow from which Seattle never recovered. His solo shot in the seventh inning gave the Sox a much-needed cushion. Chris Sale was electric at times, striking out 11 Mariners and scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. The bullpen again delivered, allowing only an inherited run to close out the victory.

What it means: The White Sox began their seven-game West Coast swing on a high note. More encouraging is that Dunn continued his hot streak – he’s produced 9 RBIs in the past three games. Sale’s transition to the rotation continued to look like it will be a smooth one; Friday’s outing was his most impressive of the season.

Outside the box: Friday’s contest was Adam Dunn’s first two-homer game as a member of the White Sox.

Up next: Philip Humber (0-0) goes for his first win of the year against Seattle righty Blake Beavan (1-1).