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White Sox 7, Mariners 4; Sox blow lead but take it right back for 9th straight win

Adam Dunn connects for his 17th homer of the season in the 5th inning.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Adam Dunn connects for his 17th homer of the season in the 5th inning. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The White Sox blasted three home runs off of Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and then proceeded to blow a 4-0 lead late. In the bottom of the 8th though, the Sox plated 3 more runs and Addison Reed closed it down to give the Sox their 9th win in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Gordon Beckham accounted for the first 3 runs as he pulled his best Brian Anderson impression and took King Felix deep two times. The first one came in the bottom of the first after Alejandro De Aza got hit by a pitch to give the Sox a quick 2-0 lead. The second came in the bottom of the 5th as the front end of a back to back job with Adam Dunn.

Jake Peavy was sailing along, even though I don't believe he had his best stuff, until the 7th. Dustin Ackley led off with a double and Kyle Seager followed with a bomb to cut the Sox lead in half. Peavy left the game after 6 1/3 after issuing his 3rd walk of the game. Matt Thornton got out of the 7th without any further damage.

In the top of the 8th though, Thornton gave up a one out single to Ichiro Suzuki. Dustin Ackley followed with a walk and Seager again came through with a base hit to make it 4-3. Jesse Crain came on to get Jesus Montero to pop out to A.J. Pierzynski for the 2nd out of the inning, but Justin Smoak singled to tie the game at 4. Crain got out of the inning without any further damage by getting Mike Carp to pop up to third.

To lead off the bottom of the 8th Paul Konerko hit a liner to center field that Michael Saunders tried to field with his face for a two base error. Alex Rios chopped to the mound which allowed pinch runner Brent Lillibridge to get into 3rd with one out. Shawn Kelley then issued an Intentional walk to Pierzynski, bringing up Dayan Viciedo who struck out. With two outs and the go ahead run 90 feet away, Alexei Ramirez hit a swinging bunt to Brenden Ryan, who fired late to first giving the Sox a 5-4 lead. After Orlando Hudson drew a walk, De Aza came through with a two run single to left making the score 7-4 White Sox.

Reed allowed a lead off double to Miguel Olivo, but then knocked down the next three to close it down for Crain's first victory of the season.

WP: Jesse Crain (1-0)

LP: Shawn Kelley (0-2)

S: Addison Reed (7)

HR: Gordon Beckham (6 & 7), Adam Dunn (17), Kyle Seager (6)

* The first hit Jake Peavy allowed was a pop up in front of home plate that nobody touched until Hudson grabbed it as it was rolling towards the foul line. Pierzynski and Hudson exchanged words in the dugout after the inning.

* Gordon Beckham joins Brian Anderson, Ian Kinsler and Jack Hannahan as the only players to hit 2 homers in a game vs. Felix Hernandez. It was Beckham's first career multi-homer game.

* The Sox go for 10 in a row tomorrow afternoon as Gavin Floyd faces Hector Noesi at 3:10.

Record: 30-22 | Box