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White Sox lose 8-7 to Mariners in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2013 at 12:45 am •  Published: April 6, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios and the Chicago White Sox hit the ball just fine on a chilly Friday night. This time, the pitching let them down.

Rios and Alejandro De Aza homered, but Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-7 victory.

"You never know what can happen," Rios said. "Just because it's cold, you can't say you're not going to score that many runs. It's unpredictable. A lot of things can happen."

Franklin Gutierrez sparked the winning rally when he led off with an infield single. He advanced on Michael Saunders' sacrifice and came home when Morales drove the next pitch from Nate Jones (0-1) down the first-base line.

Jesus Montero then singled home pinch-runner Robert Andino as Seattle earned its fourth win in its last 20 games in Chicago dating to the 2008 season. The Mariners have only 11 wins in their last 44 games against the White Sox overall.

"We don't look at that. We've got a completely different cast of characters here," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "I guarantee none of them know that. What we're trying to do is win series and you get that first win of a series and it goes a long way heading in the right direction."

Gutierrez also homered and drove in three runs for Seattle, which blew a 6-1 lead. Kameron Loe (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win and Tom Wilhelmsen barely held on for his second save.

Dewayne Wise hit a two-out RBI single for the White Sox in the 10th, leaving runners on the corners. Alexei Ramirez then walked to load the bases, but Tyler Flowers struck out to end the game.

"That's one thing I can say about this team, and the last few years, I felt like every time, no matter what the score is, we somehow, some way grind out at-bats and give ourselves an opportunity to either win it or tie it up," White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said. "We did that tonight. (Wilhelmson) just shut the door."

Ramirez also had two hits for Chicago, which went 8-1 against Seattle last season. Paul Konerko had an RBI single in the fourth for his 2,137th hit with the White Sox, passing Frank Thomas for third on the franchise list.

"Any time you're up there with those names, a guy like Frank who's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame guy and was the best hitter this organization has ever seen, to get by him in one category, even if I had more at-bats or played here longer or whatever the case may be, it's still pretty cool because he's one of the greatest hitters that's ever played the game," Konerko said.

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