For 13 innings, the Chicago White Sox did their best Wednesday from a pitching standpoint to snap their season-high eight-game losing streak. The offense broke through in the top of the 14th inning for five runs, but that wasn't enough. Closer Addison Reed gave up five runs in the bottom of the 14th, capped by a grand slam to Kyle Seager. Fortunately for the Sox, Gordon Beckham started a 16th inning rally with a single, and Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios added hits as the Sox held on for a 7-5 win to snap their losing streak. This was the Sox's longest game since they beat Boston in 19 innings on July 9, 2006. In the top of the 14th, Alexei Ramirez executed a hit-and-run single, and Rios followed with a single to left center off Danny Farquhar to score De Aza and give the Sox the first run of the game. Casper Wells followed with an infield hit to score another run, Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run single and Hector Gimenez capped the rally with an RBI double. But Reed allowed four consecutive one-out hits before Seager cranked his slam over the fence in right center. The Sox stranded runners in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings. In the 12th, the Mariners successfully appealed that Rios didn't re-tag second base as he passed the bag on Paul Konerko's fly to center before retreating to first. Meanwhile, reliever Jesse Crain struck out Raul Ibanez with runners at first and third to get out of a jam in the 10th. Nate Jones threw two scoreless innings and now has struck out eight in his past 4 1/3 innings. The Mariners put runners in scoring position in five of the first six innings but didn't score.Starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod was aided by four double plays in the first five innings, and Hector Santiago retired Ryan Franklin on a shallow fly to right and struck out Michael Saunders with runners at first and third to end the sixth. For the Sox, De Aza led off the game with a single but was thrown out on a steal attempt at second base.
White Sox blow 5-run lead in 14th, win 7-5 in 16th
Chicago Tribune | Jun 6