White Sox 4, Mariners 3(7)
Nate Jones is willing to put up with whatever grief his
teammates dish out – as long as it means wins for the Chicago White
Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead homer just before the final
downpour and Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in a
rain-shortened game Sunday for its sixth straight victory.
Jones (7-0) escaped a seventh-inning jam after inheriting
runners on first and third with nobody out. He earned his second
win in two days.
”As a reliever, if you get the win they usually call you `The
Vulture’ for the next day or two,” Jones said. ”But any way that
we can get the wins as a team is what we want, no matter who gets
it, the starter or the reliever.
”They pick on me a little bit. It happens. But I’ll take
The young flamethrower struck out Trayvon Robinson looking after
inducing a pair of soft popups. The Mariners had won 10 of 11
before being swept by Chicago.
All three games were decided by one run.
”With his stuff, he’s one of those guys that can do that,”
White Sox slugger Paul Konerko said, referring to Jones. ”It was
big because it was a game-changing situation right there. He kept
us in it.”
The White Sox retained their 2 1/2-game lead in the AL Central
over the Tigers, who beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2. Chicago
starter Gavin Floyd, however, left after two innings with right
Floyd said it was in the same area that cost him a stint on the
disabled list in July. He will remain in Chicago to have tests done
”It kind of started bothering me a little bit in the first
inning, late in the first. And then the second inning, it really
started to kind of affect me,” Floyd said. ”I felt it every time
I threw a breaking pitch or even a fastball a little bit.”
Capser Wells hit a two-run homer for Seattle.
Immediately following a 6-minute rain delay in the seventh
inning, Flowers launched a two-run shot off Kevin Millwood to lead
first-place Chicago to its second consecutive series sweep.
Rain continued to pour until the tarp was put on to stay two
batters later, and the game was called after a wait of nearly 2
The start was delayed for 1 hour, 51 minutes due to showers that
persisted throughout the game before it was finally stopped.
”You can’t draw this up. Guys just battled,” Chicago manager
Robin Ventura said. ”With everybody in the bullpen and what
they’re doing, it’s nice.”
Floyd allowed a pair of singles to start the game, and Dustin
Ackley scored on Jesus Montero’s infield single. Floyd limited the
first-inning damage to one run despite giving up three hits and a
He pitched a 1-2-3 second, but did not return for the third. The
team announced right elbow discomfort for the 29-year-old, who was
relieved by Hector Santiago.
Santiago was flawless through his first two innings, but ran
into trouble in the fifth. Wells sent a 3-2 pitch into the
left-center seats following Justin Smoak’s leadoff single. It was
his eighth home run of the year.
Millwood (4-11) allowed four runs – three earned – over 6 2-3
innings. He has just one win in his last 16 starts.
”I wish we could have finished it off,” Mariners manager Eric
Wedge said. ”Our kids are playing so hard right now. They’re
fighting. We could have won all three of these games, too.”
Alex Rios reached 20 homers and 20 steals in the second inning
when he stole second base. He later scored on Jordan Danks’
Rios joined Ray Durham and Magglio Ordonez, who both
accomplished the feat in 2001, as the only White Sox players to
have at least 30 doubles, 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a
Rios also went 20-20 in 2010 with Chicago, finishing with 29
Kevin Youkilis tripled home a run in the third inning. Seattle
right fielder Eric Thames misplayed the shallow liner that bounced
all the way to the wall as Ray Olmedo scored from first.
NOTES: Ventura was unsure if his ejection from Saturday’s win
over the Mariners would yield a suspension. He was tossed in the
third inning after catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing
balls and strikes. Ventura said he didn’t bump umpire Jim Joyce
despite an aggressive argument. ”It was more of a dance than it
was a bump,” Ventura said. … White Sox LF Dayan Viciedo
(shoulder) was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day.
Ventura said Viciedo felt soreness in his right shoulder during
batting practice Saturday. The injury is considered minor. …
Mariners CF Michael Saunders missed a second straight start due to
a groin issue. He was injured Friday. Manager Eric Wedge said he
hopes Saunders can start Monday in Minnesota. The Mariners will
send Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.54 ERA) to the mound against the
Twins’ Liam Hendricks (0-6, 7.06). … Francisco Liriano (5-10,
5.12) starts for the White Sox on Monday in Baltimore against
Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.87).