White Sox beat Mariners 2-1 in 10 innings
SEATTLE (AP) - Conor Gillespie's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning helped the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
With Jordan Danks on second base, Gordon Beckham reached when Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor booted his grounder. Danks advanced to third and scored when Gillespie, who entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth, hit a hard single to right off Fernando Rodney (1-5).
The loss ended the Mariners' four-game winning streak and the White Sox snapped their four-game losing streak.
Former Mariner Hector Noesi worked 7 1-3 innings for the White Sox, allowing one unearned run and five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Eric Surkamp (1-0) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Jake Petricka worked the 10th to pick up his eighth save.
James Paxton started for Seattle, his second outing since spending nearly four months on the disabled list with a strained left lat. He went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and six hits, striking out four.
The Mariners scored in the fourth inning. Robinson Cano bounced slowly to second baseman Beckham, who rushed his throw to first and pulled Paul Konerko off the bag.
Kendrys Morales lined a single through the left side, beating the right-shaded shift. Kyle Seager then stroked a first-pitch double into the right field corner - also beating the shift - to score Cano.
The White Sox tied it in the seventh. Jose Abreu led off with a double to right, moved to third on Dayan Viciedo's deep flyout and scored on Alexei Ramirez's double to left.
SWEET LOU ENSHIRNED
Before the game, former manager Lou Piniella became the eighth member of the Mariners Hall of Fame. He managed from 1993 to 2002 and guided the club to its only four postseason appearances. Four players in the club's HOF - Alvin Davis, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson - were on hand.
Piniella gave an emotional 21-minute speech, breaking down to tears twice, once when talking about late broadcaster Dave Niehaus and at the end when thanking the fans for their years of support. "I thank you, salute you," he closed, "and will never forget you."
Mariners: Utility player Willie Bloomquist had micro-fracture right knee surgery Friday and will not return this season. He will be on crutches for the next four to six weeks.
White Sox: Outfielder Adam Eaton has a strained right oblique that necessitated a trip to the disabled list.