Mariners rally to beat Sox, waste great start from Sale
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners an improbable comeback victory over the White Sox on Monday night, handing Chicago its fifth consecutive loss and wasting a dominant performance by Chris Sale.
Seattle, which had managed just one hit in eight innings off Sale, rallied against closer David Robertson (0-2), who had recorded 13 straight save opportunities.
Franklin Gutierrez singled to open the ninth, but was forced out at second on Robinson Cano’s fielder’s choice. Nelson Cruz walked and Dae-Ho Lee struck out.
Kyle Seager followed with an RBI single to center to make it 3-1. Lind pinch-hit for Chris Iannetta and hammered an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right-center for his 14th home run.
Sale, bidding to become the first 15-game winner in the majors, allowed just a first-inning single en route to eight scoreless innings.
Tim Anderson and Todd Frazier homered to account for all of the runs for the White Sox, who were outscored 16-1 in being swept three games over the weekend by the Angels.
Sale gave up a one-out single in the first to Gutierrez, who was erased on a double play. Sale walked Leonys Martin in the third and then did not allow another runner until tiring in the seventh.
Sale hit Gutierrez and Lee with pitches in the seventh, but escaped by striking out Seager to end the inning.
Iannetta walked to open the eighth, but also was doubled up. Sean O’Malley then walked, but Sale enticed Daniel Robertson into an inning-ending force out.
Sale, tied for the A.L. lead with three complete games, struck out six and walked one before being lifted after 100 pitches.
David Rollins (1-0) pitched the ninth inning for the win.
Wade LeBlanc, making his fourth start since being acquired in a trade with Toronto, allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
The White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Anderson hammered a 1-0 pitch from LeBlanc into the second deck in left field for his fifth home run.
Frazier boosted the lead to 3-0 in the third with his 26th home run, following a leadoff single by Melky Cabrera.