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M's snap ChiSox's 9-game win streak

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CHICAGO -- After 12 innings and 4 hours, 16 minutes of baseball that featured 16 pitchers and eight homers, the Mariners finally ended Chicago's nine-game winning streak.

"This is one of those long games. It definitely makes it a lot better getting the win than the loss," said John Jaso, who doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 12th to help Seattle beat the White Sox 10-8 Saturday.

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"They're a hot team. They showed it throughout today's game and yesterday's game - we get the lead and they come right back," he said. "That's what a hot team does. It's a good victory for us."

Ichiro Suzuki homered twice and Seattle's bullpen shut out the White Sox over the final four innings to end Chicago's longest winning streak since July 2010.

Tom Wilhelmsen (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, for the victory. Hisashi Iwakuma earned his second save by pitching the 12th, retiring Adam Dunn on a grounder with a runner on second to end it.

"Our bullpen came in and shut the door, and we were hitting one through nine," said Michael Saunders, who homered and had four hits.

On Friday night, Saunders dropped a fly ball in the eighth inning that led to three unearned runs and helped the White Sox to a 7-4 win. He was able to make up for it Saturday.

"The White Sox were really hot coming into this series and we lost a tough one last night," Saunders said. "It's easy to lose focus coming into a 12-inning game. When you give up a lead, it's easy to get down on yourselves. It's a hell of a win."

Jesus Montero led off the 10th with a double against Addison Reed (0-1). One out later, Jaso drove in pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki. Chone Figgins followed with an RBI single.

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the eighth off Stephen Pryor - the eighth home run of the game, four by each team.

"We did the right things, they just had a little more today. We had a chance to win it and just couldn't get it done," said Chicago's Gordon Beckham, who homered and had four RBIs.

The White Sox used nine pitchers - their bullpen was depleted by the end of the day - in an effort to keep their winning streak intact.

"It was unbelievable," Beckham said. " It was a long day. We used everybody. You hate to lose but when you don't have anybody else in the bullpen, it's one of those things. It is what it is."

The Mariners had rallied with three runs in the eighth off Jesse Crain for an 8-7 lead on Brendan Ryan's two-run double and an error on catcher A.J. Pierzynski, when his throw attempting to nab a stealing Ryan skipped past third and into left field.

Suzuki, just moved back to the leadoff spot Friday, hit two solo homers on a breezy, 73-degree day at U.S. Cellular Field.

In addition to Suzuki and Saunders, Justin Smoak also went deep off Chicago starter Gavin Floyd.

Pierzynski and Alex Rios also homered for first-place Chicago.

Beckham, who had a pair of homers in Friday night's series opener, hit a two-run shot to finish Seattle starter Hector Noesi after 4 1-3 innings and give the White Sox their first lead at 6-5. Beckham added an RBI infield single in the seventh for a two-run cushion.

Now that the streak is over, Chicago's goal is to keep playing the same brand of baseball.

"It has been nice. We've done a lot of good things. We plan on continuing," first-year manager Robin Ventura said.

"You can't win every game, but you know we are in every game, so that's the good news. We plan on being in games from here on out, too."

Suzuki homered to start the game, the 37th leadoff homer of his career. Smoak led off the second with another shot and then Suzuki went deep again leading off the third - the sixth multihomer game of his career.

Saunders hit Seattle's fourth homer of the game off Floyd, a two-run shot that made it 5-3 in the fourth.

Noesi allowed seven hits and six runs. Floyd yielded nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings and has given up 37 hits and 26 earned runs in his last 19 2-3 innings over four starts.

Notes

  • Carlton Fisk, a Hall of Famer who caught for both the Red and White Sox, threw out the first pitch. Fisk said he was happy for Ventura when his former teammate got the manager's job in Chicago, although he was scratching his head when he first heard. "When he got the job, I was saying, `Why? What is the purpose? How did this come about?' And then my first time in here, I sat in Robin's office for 45 minutes ... and just talked about the whole process. It's pretty interesting the way it came about," Fisk said.
 
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Ichiro Suzuki homers twice against the White Sox, ending Chicago's nine-game winning streak. (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki homers twice against the White Sox, ending Chicago's nine-game winning streak. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Saunders
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6222003 .271
Dustin Ackley, 2B5000110 .248
Kyle Seager, 3B6000041 .274
Jesus Montero, DH6020021 .254
    Munenori Kawasaki, PR-DH0100000 .158
Justin Smoak, 1B6121023 .241
John Jaso, C5221100 .250
    Miguel Olivo, C0000000 .200
Mike Carp, LF4110013 .176
    Chone Figgins, LF2011000 .188
Michael Saunders, CF6242013 .256
Brendan Ryan, SS5112103 .174
Totals5110159311  
Batting
2B - Jesus Montero (10, Reed), John Jaso (8, Reed), Brendan Ryan (7, Crain)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (3, Floyd, Floyd), Justin Smoak (10, Floyd), Michael Saunders (5, Floyd)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (19), Justin Smoak (29), John Jaso (14), Chone Figgins (9), Michael Saunders 2 (18), Brendan Ryan 2 (12)
SB - Michael Saunders (8, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Brendan Ryan (4, off Thornton/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Smoak
PB - John Jaso (1)
E - Justin Smoak (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi 4.1766053 5.51
Charlie Furbush 1.1000010 3.26
Brandon League 1211020 4.13
Lucas Luetge0000100 0.00
Stephen Pryor 1.1111021 6.75
Tom Wilhelmsen (W,2-1) 3100040 3.81
Hisashi Iwakuma (S,2) 1000110 5.63
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 68-51, Charlie Furbush 15-11, Brandon League 20-14, Lucas Luetge 7-3, Stephen Pryor 27-20, Tom Wilhelmsen 37-28, Hisashi Iwakuma 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 4-4, Charlie Furbush 2-1, Brandon League 1-0, Stephen Pryor 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-3, Hisashi Iwakuma 2-0
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 20, Charlie Furbush 4, Brandon League 5, Lucas Luetge 1, Stephen Pryor 5, Tom Wilhelmsen 9, Hisashi Iwakuma 4
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF5230111 .298
Gordon Beckham, 2B6134001 .238
Adam Dunn, DH5000131 .226
Paul Konerko, 1B5000013 .366
Alex Rios, RF5221010 .285
A.J. Pierzynski, C5112010 .291
Dayan Viciedo, LF5111030 .282
Alexei Ramirez, SS5000020 .223
Orlando Hudson, 3B5110030 .209
Totals468118215  
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (2, Noesi)
HR - Gordon Beckham (8, Noesi), Alex Rios (5, Noesi), A.J. Pierzynski (9, Noesi), Dayan Viciedo (12, Pryor)
RBI - Gordon Beckham 4 (21), Alex Rios (26), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (35), Dayan Viciedo (29)
2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham (7), Dayan Viciedo (14)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (13, 2nd base off League/Jaso), Alex Rios (6, 2nd base off Noesi/Jaso)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alejandro De Aza 1
E - Orlando Hudson (5, Misplayed grounder), A.J. Pierzynski (2, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd 5955044 5.32
Will Ohman (H,1) 0.2000010 5.79
Zach Stewart0000100 4.08
Hector Santiago (H,3) 0.2000100 3.66
Jesse Crain (BS,2) 1232130 2.25
Matt Thornton 0.2000000 3.42
Nate Jones 2100020 1.61
Addison Reed (L,0-1) 1.1322010 4.82
Jose Quintana 0.2000000 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 87-57, Will Ohman 10-7, Zach Stewart 9-5, Hector Santiago 13-5, Jesse Crain 25-14, Matt Thornton 11-7, Nate Jones 24-16, Addison Reed 19-15, Jose Quintana 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 8-2, Will Ohman 1-1, Hector Santiago 1-1, Matt Thornton 1-1, Nate Jones 1-3, Addison Reed 2-1, Jose Quintana 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 23, Will Ohman 3, Zach Stewart 1, Hector Santiago 3, Jesse Crain 6, Matt Thornton 2, Nate Jones 7, Addison Reed 7, Jose Quintana 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26200
Game Time - 4:16
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Andy Fletcher