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Mariners 4, White Sox 2

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SEATTLE -- After getting himself in a two-strike hole, Raul Ibanez did everything he could to stay in the at-bat against John Danks.

For a dozen pitches, Ibanez hung in there. On the 13th pitch he won the struggle, hitting his 10th home run for the decisive runs in the Seattle Mariners' 4-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

"At that point you just forget about the count, you forget about everything that's happening," Ibanez said. "At one point in the box, I said, 'I think that's 3-2.' Then I said to myself, 'It doesn't matter. At this point, it doesn't matter. You're just fighting.' "

After swinging and missing at the first two pitches he saw in the third inning, Ibanez fouled off the next three before taking a ball. He fouled off four more before hitting the 13th pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run shot.

According to the team, it was the most pitches a Mariners hitter had seen before homering since at least 1988.

"I just ran out of ideas," Danks said. "We threw hard away, soft away, hard in, soft in. I thought I had him looking in, and threw a cutter away and it was up a little more than I like."

The White Sox have lost seven straight, their longest slide since dropping seven in a row in September 2011. Chicago had won its previous eight games in Seattle, but even the formerly friendly venue and a starting pitcher with a history of success against the Mariners couldn't stop the losing streak.

Danks (0-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in his third start of the year. The defeat snapped Danks' seven-game winning streak against the Mariners -- in his last eight starts against Seattle, he was 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA.

Seattle starter Joe Saunders (4-5) returned to his winning ways at Safeco Field, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Saunders is 10-1 at the Mariners' ballpark. The lone loss came in his previous home start against Texas on May 24, when he gave up eight runs in five innings.

"First and foremost, it's nice to get a win to start off a series," Saunders said. "We've been kind of struggling of late."

The Mariners snapped their own two-game skid. Tom Wilhelmsen, who had blown three of his previous four save opportunities, gave up a two-out RBI single to Adam Dunn in the ninth but earned his 13th save.

"It's nice for once to see things go the right way in the ninth," Wilhelmsen said.

Wilhelmsen walked Alex Rios leading off the inning but regrouped to strike out the next two batters before Dunn's hit.

"You can't try too hard, or you're going to overthrow and walk people like I've been," Wilhelmsen said. "Just relax and know you've done it before, and just try to stick with that. That was something I told myself today."

In the third inning, Kyle Seager beat out a bunt single and Kendrys Morales drove him home with a double off the center-field wall before Ibanez capped the inning with his long at-bat and home run.

"That was one of the best at-bats I've ever seen up there," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "Left on left, him fighting through so many different pitches, fouling them off, tough pitches -- neither guy was giving in. For Raul to get him in the end there, that was pretty special."

Chicago opened the scoring in the second. Dayan Viciedo hit a bloop double to center and scored on Jeff Keppinger's single.

Seattle answered in the bottom half when Jesus Sucre's RBI single tied it at 1.

Notes

White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected by plate umpire Dale Scott in the seventh. ... The Mariners held a short, closed-door team meeting before taking batting practice. "I just wanted to talk about where we're at," Wedge said. "We've had a lot of tough losses these first couple months, more so than I've seen, and I'm proud of the way they've handled it." ... Seattle OF Franklin Gutierrez (right hamstring strain) ended his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, but remains on the disabled list. Mariners head athletic trainer Rick Griffin said Gutierrez still has lingering hamstring issues, and the Mariners plan to put him on another rehab assignment. ... The White Sox activated infielder Gordon Beckham from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Tyler Greene for assignment.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4010020 .250
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000001 .268
Alex Rios, RF3110110 .284
Paul Konerko, 1B4010022 .240
Dayan Viciedo, LF4110012 .244
Adam Dunn, DH3011112 .163
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4011012 .232
Tyler Flowers, C3000012 .196
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000000 .273
Totals3226229  
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (13, Saunders), Paul Konerko (7, Saunders), Dayan Viciedo (7, Saunders)
RBI - Adam Dunn (30), Jeff Keppinger (15)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (19), Jeff Keppinger (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Tyler Flowers (6)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (L,0-2) 6743151 5.06
Matt Thornton 1.1000110 3.63
Brian Omogrosso 0.2000010 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 104-70, Matt Thornton 15-7, Brian Omogrosso 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 9-4, Matt Thornton 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Matt Thornton 4, Brian Omogrosso 2
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, RF3020002 .288
Jason Bay, LF4000032 .224
Kyle Seager, 3B4110011 .276
Kendrys Morales, 1B4111001 .299
Raul Ibanez, DH4112010 .227
Nick Franklin, 2B3110000 .250
Michael Saunders, CF3000021 .210
Jesus Sucre, C3011000 .208
Brendan Ryan, SS1000200 .209
Totals2947427  
Batting
2B - Kendrys Morales (17, Danks)
HR - Raul Ibanez (10, Danks)
SH - Endy Chavez (2)
RBI - Kendrys Morales (34), Raul Ibanez 2 (26), Jesus Sucre (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Sucre (1)
CS - Brendan Ryan (2, 3rd base by Thornton/Flowers)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Franklin-Morales
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (W,4-5) 6.1511150 5.20
Yoervis Medina (H,3) 1.2000020 3.18
Tom Wilhelmsen (S,13) 1111120 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 102-61, Yoervis Medina 21-14, Tom Wilhelmsen 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 6-7, Yoervis Medina 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Yoervis Medina 5, Tom Wilhelmsen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13491
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Todd Tichenor