White Sox 5, Mariners 4
White Sox backup catcher Tyler Flowers figured he’d have another
night off. And then starter A.J. Pierzynski and manager Robin
Ventura were ejected in the third inning and suddenly he was in the
Flowers responded to the quick call Saturday night. He homered
to tie the game in the sixth and later had an eighth-inning,
two-strike bunt single to set up an important insurance run as
Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 for its fifth straight
”I’m always ready to come in, but not usually that early. Being
behind him (Pierzynski), there’s not too many opportunities to get
in the game when he’s starting,” Flowers said.
”It was a little different for sure, but it all worked out and
we got the win. That’s the most important thing.”
Seattle took a quick first-inning lead on Kyle Seager’s
three-run homer before the White Sox rallied to preserve their 2
1/2-game lead over second-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Seager also connected in the ninth against closer Addison Reed
to get the Mariners to within a run.
Pierzynski was ejected for apparently arguing balls and strikes
with one out in the top of the third. When Ventura charged out of
the dugout to protest, he also was ejected and had to be separated
from plate umpire Lance Barrett by third base umpire and crew chief
”You have A.J. out there and your guy gets thrown out. You’re
out there protecting him,” Ventura said. ”I didn’t think I was
that mad. It’s just part of baseball. It’s what you do.”
Pierzynski didn’t reveal what he said to Barrett, joking they
were disagreeing on pizza crusts.
”It’s over with. It was between him and I,” Pierzynski said,
adding that the normally mild-mannered Ventura’s outburst gave the
team a spark.
”I’ve never seen Robin get that mad. It was one of those things
that happens during the course of the season and fortunately for us
we were able to win the game.”
Nate Jones (6-0) got the final out of the sixth to get the win.
Reed gave up Seager’s 15th homer and then a single to Justin Smoak
before getting the final out for his 24th save in 28 chances.
Reed blew a save Friday night when Seattle scored six times in
the ninth only to get the win when Chicago rallied in the bottom
Flowers off the sixth with his fifth homer of the season – a
drive to center on the first pitch of the inning by Blake Beavan.
With two down and Alexei Ramirez on third, Dewayne Wise singled to
center against off Charlie Furbush to give the White Sox a 4-3
The Mariners loaded the bases in the seventh off Matt Thornton
on a single, hit batsman and a walk. Brett Myers relieved and
retired pinch-hitter John Jaso on a soft liner to second baseman
Gordon Beckham to end the inning.
Chicago added an important run in the eighth on Alex Rios’
double, a bunt single by Flowers and Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana was wild in the first inning,
issuing four walks. Dustin Ackley beat out an infield single to
lead off and Trayvon Robinson walked. One out later, Seager hit a
drive to deep right-center.
”We had them on the ropes there that first inning, maybe just a
couple swings from getting them out of that ballgame early. It
completely changes the complexion of the whole game,” Seager
After Seager’s homer, Quintana walked the bases loaded before
getting Brendan Ryan to fly out to end the inning.
The White Sox got one back in the first on Paul Konerko’s RBI
single and another in the third on a run-scoring single by
And Quintana settled in after his shaky start, retiring 12
straight at one point. He made it through 5 2-3 innings, giving up
five hits and three runs with four walks and four strikeouts.
”We missed some opportunities. (Quintana) did settle down,”
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.
”We came out, we were aggressive, we took the lead. It hurt us
when they scored in that first inning, but we still had 3-1 in that
situation. Then it was just a matter of missed opportunities. We
had multiple opportunities to score runs, we had multiple
opportunities to execute. It didn’t go down.”
Beavan (8-8), who was the losing pitcher in April when Phil
Humber pitched a perfect game in Seattle for the White Sox, went
five-plus innings, giving up seven hits and four runs.
NOTES: Mariners OF Michael Saunders, who collided with Eric
Thames on Konerko’s winning single Friday night, was out of the
lineup with a sore groin. Thames also was out but not because he
was injured. He didn’t start with the lefty Quintana on the mound.
He had a pinch-hit single in the eighth. … White Sox LF Dayan
Viciedo was scratched with a sore right shoulder. … Ventura’s
ejection was his third in his first season as manager. … The
White Sox are 23-4 against the Mariners since the start of the 2010