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MLB: Chicago White Sox 7, Seattle 4

June 1, 2012 at 11:58 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, June 1 (UPI) -- An infield single by Alexei Ramirez brought in the go-ahead score during a three-run eighth Friday, giving the Chicago White Sox a 7-4 win over Seattle.

It was the ninth straight Chicago victory, its longest winning streak in almost two years.

The White Sox were a game below .500 when they embarked on the streak with a shutout of Minnesota May 23. Chicago has won 13 out of 14.

Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer in the first and added a solo shot in the fifth while the White Sox were building a four-run lead.

The Mariners then bounced back to tie the contest, getting a two-run homer by Kyle Seager in the seventh and an RBI single from Seager during a two-run eighth.

Chicago regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, getting a break to start the frame when center fielder Michael Saunders misplayed a Paul Konerko fly ball for an error.

Konerko reached second base on the play and was replaced by pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge, who moved to third on a ground out by Alex Rios.

After A.J Pierzynski was walked intentionally, Lillibridge raced in with the go-ahead run on the single by Ramirez. Orlando Hudson next drew a walk to load the bases and Alejandro De Aza drove in two runs with a single.

Jesse Crain (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the eighth to pick up the win. Addison Reed worked around a hit in the ninth for his seventh save.

All three Chicago runs in the eighth were unearned, but they cost Shawn Kelley (0-2) the loss.

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