April 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM
Mariners outlast White Sox 8-7 in their very unfriendly South Side ballpark
The Mariners lost five of six here last year and have dropped 19 of their last 22 overall at U.S. Cellular Field. Tonight didn’t look like anything we haven’t seen before, with the Mariners blowing a five-run lead to take things to extra innings.
But then, in the 10th, it was newcomer Kendrys Morales delivering his first extra-base hit of the season to bring home Franklin Gutierrez with the go-ahead run in what became a 8-7 win by the Mariners.
Jesus Montero later padded the lead with a line drive single to bring home pinch-runner Robert Andino.
Montero nearly made it a three-run game but was thrown out at home to end the 10th trying to score from first on a double to the gap by Kyle Seager.
Not the greatest night for Blake Beavan, who had a 6-1 lead entering the fifth and left the game three outs later up by only a run.
But we saw some solid bullpen outings by Stephen Pryor — who gets charged with the blown save, but unfairly so since he notched three straight outs after entering with two on in the seventh — and winning pitcher Kameron Loe.
Tom Wilhelmsen retired the side in the 10th, but not before walking Alex Rios with one out to bring up the home run sluggers and make every Mariners fan, player and team official nervous once again.
Adam Dunn then hit a ball to the warning track in right, but Michael Saunders hauled it in. Paul Konerko then drew a walk and Dewayne Wise hit an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Alexei Ramirez drew a walk to load the bases from there, but Tyler Flowers struck out to end it. Whew! The Mariners have survived one turn of their topsy-turvy pitching rotation and have put up a winning record on the road so far.