White Sox take advantage of Mariners’ miscues for 9-6 win

Sep 7, 2022, 4:51 AM | Updated: 5:53 pm
Mariners White Sox...

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu hits an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)

(AP Photo/Caean Couto)

SEATTLE (AP) — Scott Servais spent a majority of his pregame time on Wednesday lauding his Seattle Mariners for the work they have done to be a good defensive ballclub this season.

And then the Mariners promptly went out and committed three errors in a 9-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

“We play very clean baseball, for the most part,” the Seattle manager said. “You’re going to have rough days. Today was one of them. We made some mistakes, and it wasn’t just one. We made a couple different ones that hurt us in this ballgame.”

Eloy Jiménez drove in three runs with a homer and double, Chicago took advantage of each of Seattle’s three errors. The Mariners began the day with the fewest errors of any team in baseball, then ended up allowing six unearned runs to the White Sox.

“We kind of let this one slip away. Again, we’re not going to harp on it too long. We have an off day tomorrow, we got to let it go,” Servais said.

The White Sox took two of three in the series and stayed on the heels of Cleveland and Minnesota in the crowded AL Central race.

It looked early like it would be a series loss for the White Sox as Seattle starter Luis Castillo tied an American League record by striking out the first seven batters to start the game.

But Castillo made a mistake giving up Jiménez’s two-out home run in the fourth inning, and watched Chicago rally for four runs in the sixth inning that started with a fielding error by third baseman Eugenio Suárez.

“I thought it was going to be a long day,” Chicago acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “But the guys fight back and it was a team win. It was unbelievable.”

Seattle got a pair of home runs by Suárez for hits Nos. 1,000 and 1,001 of his career. The second homer led off the seventh and pulled Seattle even at 6.

But the White Sox took advantage of another defensive mistake in the eighth. Jiménez singled with one out, and pinch-runner Leury García stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Curt Casali.

García scored easily on Gavin Sheets’ groundout that bounced high off the plate. Chicago added two more runs in the ninth after a throwing error by reliever Chris Flexen.

“Everyone stepped up and did their job,” Cairo said. “That’s teamwork. That’s a team. Everyone is picking each other up and that’s what we’ve been doing lately.

Aaron Bummer (1-1) allowed Suarez’s homer in the seventh inning, but pitched out of a jam after Seattle had runners at first and second and no outs and couldn’t add on.

Vince Velasquez pitched the eighth and Liam Hendriks struck out the side the ninth for his 31st save. The White Sox have won six of the past eight.

“These are the games earlier in the year that we weren’t able to pull out and that’s one thing we’ve got going on in this clubhouse right now it’s we’re not backing down,” Hendriks said.

Seattle lost for just the fourth time in the past 15 games, but any loss with Castillo on the mound hurts as the Mariners are vying with Tampa Bay and Toronto for the top wild-card spot in the AL.

Castillo set a franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game. The first ball put in play by Chicago came with one out in the third inning when Josh Harrison grounded out on a 3-2 pitch.

But he couldn’t make it through the sixth inning. After Suarez’s error, José Abreu dribbled an RBI single through the infield and Jiménez’s RBI double pulled the White Sox even at 4.

Sheets hit a sacrifice fly and Andrew Vaughn capped the inning with an RBI double.

Castillo finished with eight strikeouts and only three of the six runs allowed were earned.

“I didn’t know what the record was, but luckily we were able to accomplish that milestone,” Castillo said through an interpreter.

Diego Castillo (7-3) lost in relief.

Chicago starter Michael Kopech returned from the injured list and threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits.


Castillo’s seven strikeouts to begin the game matched an AL record first accomplished by Joe Cowley for the White Sox on May 28, 1986. Carlos Rodón for the White Sox (Sept. 30, 2016) and Blake Snell for Tampa Bay (June 3, 2018) also struck out the first seven batters of the game.

The major league record is nine straight by Miami’s Pablo López set last season.


White Sox: OF Luis Robert was out of the lineup a day after getting hit on his left fingers during a swing. Cairo said Robert was day-to-day but was already dealing with a sore left wrist.


White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (13-6, 2.13) will start the opener of a four-game series in Oakland on Thursday. Cease was one out from a no-hitter in his last start against Minnesota. The no-hitter was broken up by Luis Arraez.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (12-8, 3.45) will start the opener of a three-game series against Atlanta on Friday. Ray threw six shutout inning in his last start against Cleveland.


More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

After Supreme Court backs praying coach, no sweeping changes

Across the ideological spectrum, there were predictions of dramatic consequences when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a public high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games. Yet three months after the decision — and well into the football season — there’s no sign that large numbers of coaches […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Qatar confirms COVID-19 test requirements for World Cup fans

GENEVA (AP) — Fans going to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat COVID-19, organizers said Thursday. All visitors aged 18 and over must also download a government-run phone application tracking people’s movements and health status, called Ehteraz. “A […]
1 day ago
Puerto Rico players leave the court following their loss to Canada in their quarterfinal game at th...
Associated Press

Canada into women’s World Cup semis for 1st time since 1986

SYDNEY (AP) — No one on Canada’s roster was born the last time the team won a medal at the women’s World Cup. Now the Canadians are a win away from securing one for the first time since 1986, when they captured the bronze. Kia Nurse scored 17 points to lead a balanced Canada team […]
1 day ago
North Carolina State's Devin Leary (13) prepares to throw the ball during the first half of an NCAA...
Associated Press

Week 5 preview: No. 10 NC State and No. 5 Clemson take stage

What’s being called the biggest game in North Carolina State history and Florida State’s first game in four years as an AP Top 25 member have put the Atlantic Coast Conference in the national spotlight Saturday. Whether the games are played as scheduled depends on the path Hurricane Ian takes. No. 10 NC State is […]
1 day ago
FILE - Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala handles the ball during the second half of an N...
Associated Press

Warriors-Wizards games in Japan to woo NBA fans, sponsors

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball fans will get to see NBA stars up close when the reigning league-champion Golden State Warriors take on the Washington Wizards in two preseason games. Not surprisingly, Stephen Curry and Japanese-born Rui Hachimura will be the star attractions for each team. And as clearly as the logo of Japanese online […]
1 day ago
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge celebrates his 61st home run of the season, a two-run shot against th...
Associated Press

Maris Jr: Bonds, McGwire illegitimate, Judge to be HR king

TORONTO (AP) — Roger Maris Jr. considers the home run feats of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to be illegitimate and says Aaron Judge should be recognized as the holder of the big league season standard if the New York Yankees slugger hits No. 62. “He should be revered for being the actual […]
1 day ago
White Sox take advantage of Mariners’ miscues for 9-6 win