The Seattle Mariners were hoping to get back in the win column and even up their series against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Instead, they suffered their second straight loss by a final score of 5-4 as an early lead went up in smoke.
The Mariners plated three quick runs in the top of the first inning on a three-run Kyle Seager homer; the third baseman's 14th of the year.
The White Sox chipped away, with Paul Konerko hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to get the White Sox on the board. Alex Rios added an RBI single in the bottom of the third to cut the Mariners lead to 3-2. Blake Beavan was still in line for the win, but the Sox were able to take the lead in the sixth inning. Tyler Flowers led off the home half of the sixth with a home run to tie things up before Dewayne Wise hit the go-ahead RBI single with two outs.
The Mariners had a bases-loaded opportunity late, but pinch hitter John Jaso was for once unable to be the hero. Alexei Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly for Chicago in the eighth inning for a big White Sox insurance run.
That Ramirez run would end up being the difference, as Seager hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the top of the ninth. Justin Smoak followed up with a single and Jaso once again had a chance to drive in pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki. Jaso hit a pop foul out on the first pitch he saw to end the ball game in another tough loss.
The Mariners will attempt to avoid the sweep on Sunday.
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