American League Game Summary - Seattle at Chicago|
(Saturday, June 2nd)
Final Score: Seattle 10, Chicago 8 (12 innings)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - John Jaso laced a go-ahead RBI double in the
top of the 12th inning to lift the Mariners to a 10-8 victory over the White
Sox in the second leg of a three-game set Saturday.
Jesus Montero ripped a leadoff double off of Addison Reed (0-1) to start the
frame and Jaso followed two batters later with a double to the gap in right-
center, scoring pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second.
"There was a runner on second base so I wasn't trying to hit a home run or
anything like that. I was just trying to score him," Jaso said about his at-
Chone Figgins then scorched a single through the hole on the left side to
plate Jaso and give the Mariners a two-run cushion.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-1) tossed three scoreless frames in relief to record the
victory while Hisashi Iwakuma blanked the Sox in the 12th to record his second
The Mariners, who snapped a seven-game skid against the Sox, led off the first
three innings with home runs: Ichiro Suzuki in the first and third and Justin
Smoak in the second. Michael Saunders also went deep in the win.
A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo all clubbed
homers in the setback as the White Sox had their nine-game win streak halted.
Rios' blast was also a leadoff homer in the fourth.
Trailing 7-5 in the eighth, Jaso worked a leadoff walk and moved to third on a
single from Saunders before Brendan Ryan ripped a double down the left field
line that barely stayed fair as both runners scored to knot the game at 7-7.
Ryan then swiped third and scampered home as Pierzynski's throw rolled into
left field to give Seattle an 8-7 lead.
Chicago answered with the long ball in the bottom half as Viciedo launched a
two-out blast over the wall in right to tie the game at 8-8.
"We battled and had a chance to win it. We just couldn't get it done. That's
going to happen. You're not going to win every game," said Beckham.
Seattle took the lead early when Suzuki launched the third pitch of the game
into the bullpen in right and Smoak followed suit in the second with a leadoff
blast of his own to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
Pierzynski erased the two-run deficit in the bottom half with his ninth homer
of the season, but Seattle made it three straight innings with a leadoff home
run as Suzuki belted his second homer of the game to grab a 3-2 lead.
Chicago answered in the bottom half after Orlando Hudson stroked a leadoff
double and scored two batters later on a single into center off the bat of
The Mariners continued their home run barrage in the fourth when Mike Carp
ripped a one-out single before Saunders crushed a fastball deep over the wall
in right-center field, providing the visitors with a 5-3 edge.
Rios made it a one-run game with a leadoff blast in the fourth before the
White Sox jumped in front in the fifth.
Alejandro De Aza reached on a one-out single and Beckham followed with a shot
over the left field wall, propelling the Sox to a 6-5 lead.
Chicago tacked on a two-out run in the seventh after De Aza singled to right
and quickly swiped second. Beckham then slapped a single up the middle that
was snared by Ryan at shortstop, but his throw pulled Smoak off the bag at
first and De Aza never stopped running from second, sliding home to give
Chicago a 7-5 lead.
Seattle improved to 3-15 at U.S. Cellular Field since 2008...It was the sixth
multi-homer game of Suzuki's career...Chicago is still 20-4 against Seattle
since the start of the 2010 season...Stephen Pryor made his MLB debut in the
seventh before giving up Viciedo's game-tying homer in the eighth.
06/02 22:02:36 ET