White Sox’ winning streak ends at 9 in 12-inning loss to Mariners
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 2, 2012 11:30PM
John Jaso scores an insurance run in the 12th as A.J. Pierzynski can’t make the tag. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:09AM
If a nine-game winning streak sets the tone for their season, the White Sox will be sitting pretty.
It took the Seattle Mariners 12 innings, 15 hits and seven pitchers to bring down the Sox and their streak in a 10-8 decision Saturday.
‘‘Just a long day,’’ said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI. ‘‘We did the right things. They just had a little more today. I was happy to see us keep battling back, but tip your hat. They battled too.’’
Mariners manager Eric Wedge used six relievers after starter Hector Noesi left in the fifth. Sox manager Robin Ventura went even deeper into his bullpen, using all seven relievers and starter Jose Quintana after Gavin Floyd worked five innings.
‘‘Gavin was just up, and you have a day where the ball is carrying,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He needs to work down in the zone and get better.’’
The Mariners hit four homers off Floyd while the Sox had three off Noesi, from Beckham, A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios. Dayan Viciedo homered off Stephen Pryor, who was making his major-league debut, to tie the score at 8 in the eighth.
The eight combined homers was the most at U.S. Cellular Field since Sept. 24, 2006, when the Sox and Mariners totaled nine.
Tom Wilhelmsen (2-1) earned the victory, pitching three innings and striking out four. Hisashi Iwakuma got the save. Addison Reed (0-1) gave up two runs and three hits in 11/3 innings and took the loss.
‘‘It was back and forth,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘They don’t go away. They’re tough to put away. You’re going inning to inning and figuring out what guys are going to do. These games you can’t ever really have a plan for.’’
There might have to be a plan for Floyd, who is 1-2 with an 11.94 ERA in his last four starts.
‘‘I got hurt when I was getting behind,’’ Floyd said. ‘‘I’ve got to get back to getting down in the zone and getting ahead [of hitters].’’
Floyd gave up two homers to Ichiro Suzuki, one leading off the game and the other in the third. Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders also homered off Floyd.
‘‘I’ve just got to get back to having better focus and keep on battling out there,’’ Floyd said. ‘‘It’s a long season.’’
The outcome ended the Sox’ longest winning streak since another nine-game run in July 2010. In their last 10 games, the team is hitting .303 with 18 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs and 80 runs scored.
The Sox maintained their 11/2-game lead in the American League Central over the Cleveland Indians, who lost to the Minnesota Twins 7-4.
‘‘It’s been nice, and we’ve done a lot of good things we plan on continuing,’’ Ventura said of the streak. ‘‘You can’t win every game, but we know we are in every game, so that’s the good news. We plan on being in every game from here on out, too.
‘‘We’ll come back tomorrow and do the same things we were doing all along.’’