Eric Thames and Michael Saunders collided at the right-center wall as Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to snap Seattle's eight-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular field on Friday night. Chicago won by a score of 9-8.
Right-hander Addison Reed got the win for the White Sox and improved to 3-1 on the season. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up the loss and a blown save for Seattle.
The Mariners went into the bottom of the ninth riding the momentum of an six-run offensive barrage. Jesus Montero began the inning with a solo home run to left field off Philip Humber. Next, Dustin Ackley hit a two-RBI single that scored Trayvon Robinson and Justin Smoak. Next, Kyle Seager hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brendan Ryan while John Jaso drove in two more runs with an RBI single that gave the Mariners its final two runs of the inning.
None of it mattered, though, as an RBI single by Kevin Youkilis and the eventual game-winner from Konerko sealed the Mariners' fate. The teams will square off again on Saturday as the Mariners look to rebound from the loss.