The Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners, following Saturday's perfect game by Philip Humber with a 7-4 victory. Things were tied for much of the game but Chicago was able to break things open in the sixth inning, scoring three runs, and adding two more in the eighth.
It was tied at two when the action in the sixth started. Kevin Millwood issued a leadoff walk to Adam Dunn, who was then advanced to third on a Paul Konerko single. AJ Pierzynski reached base on a fielder's choice that saw Dunn thrown out at the plate, and Konerko moved to second. Alex Rios then gave Chicago the lead with a triple to deep right center, a perfectly placed shot that split the gap and landed on the warning track, bouncing to the wall. Millwood was pulled for Charlie Furbush, who retired the next two batters on fly balls, one of which scored Rios.
Seattle's bats went quit in the 5th inning and didn't start up again, leaving the score at 3-2 when Chicago came to bat in the 8th. Tom Wilhelmsen came in to pitch for Seattle and gave up a leadoff double to Paul Konerko, who was then replaced by pinch runner Alejandro De Aza. De Aza moved to third on an AJ Pierzynski single to left, then scored when Alex Rios singled to right. Kosuke Fukudome kept things going with another single, scoring Pierzynski. Brent Morel then struck out looking, and Gordon Beckham grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Chicago's pitching would prove to be capable of handling things from there, as Seattle went 1-2-3 in the eigth inning and Hector Santiago took on the top of the Mariners' order in the ninth. He blew a 95mph fastball past Chone Figgins for out number one, but Dustin Ackley managed a single to shallow left. Santiago handled the next two batters, getting Ichiro Suzuki to strike out looking and Jesus Montero to fly out to right center.
Chicago has now put together a win streak of eight games at Safeco Field. They now move on to Oakland for a series against the A's.
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