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Abreu hits 27th homer, Sale goes distance to beat M's

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale lost his chance at a shutout. He still had a shot at a complete game.

After allowing a single, double and sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, Sale buckled down. He got a weak grounder to seal the victory as the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Friday night.

"That's kind of the goal as a starting pitcher is to finish as many of them as you can, and anytime you can get your bullpen a couple days off in a row, it's nice, especially in this part of the season," Sale said.

Sale (8-1) struck out a season-high 12 and allowed six hits and no walks in his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season and 14th of his career. He struck out 10 three times this season.

Jose Abreu hit his 27th home run and Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox, who have won five of seven.

Willie Bloomquist went 2 for 4 for the Mariners, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Rookie Roenis Elias (7-7) allowed five runs in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Viciedo went 4 for 4 including a leadoff homer in the fourth inning that gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. The homer, Viciedo's 10th of the season, came on a 2-1 pitch.

The White Sox added four runs in the fifth. Adam Eaton hit an RBI double and Gordon Beckham followed with a sacrifice fly after Moises Sierra singled and Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch.

Abreu then extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run home run that put the White Sox ahead 5-0. He was tied for the major-league lead for homers entering Friday. Abreu has eight home runs and 18 RBI during his hitting streak, the longest active in the majors.

"I wasn't even aware of it until my dad told me," Abreu said through a translator. "He was like, 'You are getting hits.' I'm trying to do something to help every day, whether it's an RBI, playing defensively.

"I'm trying to do something that helps the team. That's my goal."

The Mariners put runners at second and third in the sixth after two singles and a wild pitch, but Sale struck out Robinson Cano to end the inning.

Konerko hit a two-run home run, his fifth, off Charlie Furbush for a 7-0 lead in the eighth.

Sale allowed a single to Bloomquist and a one-out double to Cano in the ninth. Sale stayed in the game after manager Robin Ventura visited the mound. Sale gave up a sacrifice fly to Corey Hart, and Cano moved to third as the throw from right fielder Sierra sailed past the plate.

Sale got Kyle Seager to ground out to end the game.

"Every time I face him, he's got the same slider," Cano said about Sale. "Sometimes you face a guy and one day he doesn't have it. This is a guy, he always has his slider. Nothing straight. His slider is the best pitch he has. He confuses every lefty. You don't know when it's a fastball and when it's a slider."

The Mariners had six left-handers in their lineup against Sale. Hart returned from the disabled list to give the Mariners another right-handed bat. Sale was limiting left-handers to an .089 average this season entering Friday.

"I wouldn't say I was by any means laughing at it or anything, but that's definitely the first time it's happened this year," Sale said about the lineup. "So I just tried not to put too much emphasis on it.

"I knew I was probably going to throw a few sliders today more than normal, but that's about it."

The White Sox improved to 28-7 against the Mariners since 2010.

Notes

The White Sox batted Abreu, the AL Rookie of the Month, third in the lineup for the third straight game. "I don't think there's any set way of doing it with him, but I know I like guys on when he comes to the plate," Ventura said.. Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.10) will start against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.44) on Saturday.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Viciedo
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

C. Sale
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 12
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4120011 .278
James Jones, CF4000033 .287
Robinson Cano, 2B4010022 .322
Corey Hart, DH3001010 .204
Kyle Seager, 3B4010011 .282
Mike Zunino, C3000000 .220
Logan Morrison, 1B3010000 .245
Michael Saunders, RF3010021 .260
Dustin Ackley, LF3000022 .228
Roenis Elias, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
Totals31161012  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (20, Sale)
SF - Corey Hart (1)
RBI - Corey Hart (18)
Team LOB - 4
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roenis Elias (L,7-7) 5755162 4.19
Joe Beimel 1000000 1.35
Dominic Leone 1000000 2.06
Charlie Furbush 1222021 4.26
HBP - Flowers (by Roenis Elias)
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 87-55, Joe Beimel 11-8, Dominic Leone 17-12, Charlie Furbush 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 3-6, Joe Beimel 2-1, Dominic Leone 1-2, Charlie Furbush 1-0
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 24, Joe Beimel 3, Dominic Leone 3, Charlie Furbush 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF3111100 .275
Gordon Beckham, 2B3001010 .258
Jose Abreu, 1B4112011 .280
Dayan Viciedo, LF4241000 .252
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010012 .293
Paul Konerko, DH4112023 .225
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000022 .311
Moises Sierra, RF4110012 .202
Tyler Flowers, C2100000 .229
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
Totals3279718  
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (12, Elias)
HR - Jose Abreu (27, Elias), Dayan Viciedo (10, Elias), Paul Konerko (5, Furbush)
SF - Gordon Beckham (2)
RBI - Adam Eaton (23), Gordon Beckham (24), Jose Abreu 2 (69), Dayan Viciedo (30), Paul Konerko 2 (18)
SB - Adam Eaton (8, 2nd base off Elias/Zunino)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dayan Viciedo 1
E - Moises Sierra (3, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (W,8-1) 96110120 2.16
WP - Chris Sale 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 111-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 8-6
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 32
Game Information
Attendance - 30297
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Ron Kulpa