MLB

Chicago White Sox break eight-game losing streak

The White Sox finished the game in the 16th innings. (©GettyImages)
The White Sox finished the game in the 16th innings. (©GettyImages).

The Chicago White Sox ended an eight-game MLB losing streak with an epic victory over the Seattle Mariners.

After going 13 innings without a run being scored, the White Sox finally broke the deadlock in the 14th when Alejandro De Aza made it to home-plate. 

Alex Rios, Casper Wells, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko all followed their teammate round to safety and with a 5-0 advantage the visitors looked to have the game wrapped up. 

That would of been the case if it were not for Kyle Seager, who with bases loaded took his team from 5-1 down to 5-5 in one swing of his bat: the first game-tying grand slam in an extra innings in MLB history. 

Despite Seager's heroics the home side were still unable to poach victory from the jaws of defeat, with De Aza and Gordon Beckham securing the White Sox the win after an incredible five hours, 42 minutes of game-time.

The Mariners had looked down for the count in the 14th, but singles by Michael Saunders, Kelly Shoppach, and Brendan Ryan loaded the bases. 

Endy Chavez added a single to drive in a run, keeping the bases loaded for Seager, who came through despite hitting the ball off his foot earlier in the day. It was the first home run pitcher Addison Reed has conceded this season.

After a scoreless 15th, two runs scored against Hector Noesi in the 16th eventually ended the match. De Aza's single to left-center scored Gordon Beckham, who had reached with his fourth hit and then swiped second. Rios added a run-scoring infield single, and Reed struck out the side to "save" his own victory.

This extended affair marked the first time the White Sox had gone scoreless through 13 innings since Aug. 12, 2009, also in Seattle. The Mariners won that one in 14 innings. 

"We did a lot to not score runs today," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said to the teams official website. 

"But looking on the positive side, it would have been real easy cashing in when they scored those five runs there. 

“But those guys go out there and keep putting at-bats together and single after single after single and then the big fly from Seager, you don't see that very often. That's pretty impressive stuff.”


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