SEATTLE (AP) — Hector Noesi was with the Seattle Mariners just five months ago. They probably didn't know it was the same guy they faced Saturday night.
Noesi worked 7 1-3 strong innings to help the Chicago White Sox eventually earn a 10-inning 2-1 victory,
With Jordan Danks on second base, Gordon Beckham reached when Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor booted his grounder. Danks advanced to third and scored when Conor Gillaspie, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, hit a hard single to right off Fernando Rodney (1-5).
"It's one of those tough ones where you don't really know if you should play through it," Taylor said, "or try to break down and get rid of it quick. I decided to play through and it ended up getting an in-between hop. I should have made the play."
Noesi allowed an unearned run and five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Noesi did not show much of that form in two seasons with Seattle. He was 2-14 with a 6.13 ERA in 36 appearances.
The club finally lost patience. Noesi was designated for assignment in April and eventually traded to Texas. The White Sox claimed him April 25 when the Rangers waived him.
"This is as good as he's pitched for us," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He was throwing strikes, getting ahead early. He pitched great. He got us into the eighth."
Noesi said when he arrived in Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper "told me I can do it. That's why I'm getting better."
Cooper and Noesi put together a cap that says: Revenge NOE on the front. He had it on after the game.
"I wear every time I face my former teams," he said.
In four appearances against Seattle, Noesi has gone 18 1-3 innings, not allowed a run and held the Mariners to a .212 average.
"It was a good game. He pitched good. You have to give him credit," Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano said. "Really nothing else you can do in that situation. He's one of those guys that pitches good against us and is good against any team."
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