Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Raul Ibanez clubbed a two-run homer and Joe
Saunders tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball as the Seattle Mariners downed
the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set from Safeco
Kendrys Morales knocked in a run with a double and Jesus Sucre added an RBI to
help Seattle capture just its fifth win in its last 17 games.
Saunders (4-5) had a lot to do with it, giving up five hits while striking out
five to string together his second straight impressive outing. He allowed just
one run on four hits in a seven-inning no decision his last time out.
Tom Wilhemsen notched his 13th save of the season despite giving up a run in
the ninth inning.
The White Sox, in the midst of their longest losing streak in five years,
dropped an eighth straight game away from home.
John Danks (0-2) was unbeaten in eight starts against the Mariners coming in,
but gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over six innings to
take the loss.
"Yeah, there was a couple pitches there, the one to Morales and Ibanez, but as
far as seeing him pitch, even in spring training, this is the best he's looked
as far as command," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
Chicago had only six hits, with Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn each driving in a
run to account for the team's offense.
Keppinger helped the White Sox strike first with his RBI single into left in
the second inning. Dayan Viciedo, who had reached with a one-out double,
scored on the play, but the lead didn't last very long.
Nick Franklin singled in the bottom half of the frame, moved to second on a
passed ball and then came around to score when Sucre singled into left to even
the contest at 1-1.
An inning later, the Mariners jumped in front on a double by Morales and
grabbed a 4-1 edge when Ibanez launched the 13th pitch of his at-bat into the
right-field seats for his 10th homer of the season.
"That was one of the best at-bats I've ever seen," said Seattle manager Eric
Wedge. "You can't say enough about what he's done for us."
Saunders made the lead stand from there, limiting the White Sox to just three
hits for remainder of his start. The lefty has been extremely successful at
Safeco Field and pushed his record there to 10-1 in 15 career starts.
Alex Rios reached to start the ninth off Wilhemsen with a walk and moved to
second on a defensive indifference. Dunn then drove a two-out single up the
middle to bring Chicago within two, but Keppinger flew out to end the game.
The White Sox have lost eight games in a row on the road for the first time
since a nine-game skid from May 30-June 22, 2008 ... Chicago came in as
winners in 26 of its previous 31 games with the Mariners and had an eight-game
winning streak at Safeco Field snapped ... Danks was 7-0 coming into the
contest against Seattle ... Chicago's Gordon Beckham returned to the lineup
for the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand on April 9. He
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