Carlos Lee hit a solo home run in the fifth then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh and Colon pitched into the ninth to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Saturday night.
“It’s time for this club to win,” Colon said. “We have a good ballclub. We can bounce back. Maybe this is a wakeup call for us to show everybody we’re capable of winning games like this.”
The White Sox won for only the third time in 11 games and Colon (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak. He beat the Mariners for the first time since Aug. 12, 2000, holding Seattle to six hits and two walks.
“When he gets it going, he is extremely tough,” Seattle’s Bret Boone said.
The White Sox got a break when pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist was caught in a rundown between second and third. Lee trapped Mike Cameron’s fly to left, leaving Bloomquist to wait for the umpire’s decision.
“He made a real quick call,” Bloomquist said. “It was a close play in that situation. I kind of slipped a little, trying to get back to second and the rest is history.”
Marte struck out Greg Colbrunn to end it.
Other than giving up home runs to Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki, Colon pitched effectively. After trailing 3-0, the White Sox tied it with one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
“I felt strong right from the beginning but when we came back and tied the game, that’s when it was time to show who I really am,” said Colon, who struck out five and walked two.
“We didn’t do anything wrong to lose,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “Colon, once he smells that finish line, is throwing 99 mph in the eighth inning, which was his top velocity of the game.”
The White Sox finally slowed Seattle right-hander Gil Meche (4-2), who had won four times in five starts, including a win May 2 at Chicago.
Chicago went ahead 4-3 after Lee opened the seventh with an infield single and took third when Brian Daubach lined a shot past Gold Glove first baseman John Olerud. Lee scored on Joe Crede’s double-play grounder.
Meche kept the White Sox off-balance for five innings but gave up two runs in the sixth.
“It seemed the game was speeding up on me instead of me taking control,” Meche said. “It seemed to get quicker and quicker.”
Miguel Olivo singled to shallow center and D’Angelo Jimenez sneaked a single past Boone. Magglio Ordonez, 0-for-9 lifetime against Meche, drove them both home with a double to the gap that rolled to the warning track.
“As soon as I let the pitch go, I had a bad feeling,” Meche said.
Martinez put the Mariners ahead 2-0 in the first, driving a 367-foot shot into the right field stands for his sixth homer of the season. Boone had lined a single up the middle.
Suzuki made it 3-0 in the third with a leadoff home run, sending a soaring shot 414 feet. It was his third of the season and second off Colon.
“It was the first time Edgar Martinez has swung against me on a 3-0 ball,” Colon said. “So I was spotting the ball over the plate and he hit it out. With Ichiro, I tried to throw a fastball and left it hanging over the plate.”
Lee’s homer pulled Chicago to 3-1 in the fifth, the first home run allowedby Meche in five starts.
Jimenez, 8-for-16 against the Mariners this season, hurt his left wrist trying to field Mark McLemore’s fifth-inning single. Trainers checked him out but he but stayed in the game. … Suzuki improved to 7-for-15 with two HRs lifetime against Colon. … Meche hadn’t lost since his first start of the season April 5 at Texas. … Colon’s three straight losses were the most since April 18-28 last season, but he followed that with a 10-1 mark and 2.31 ERAover his next 14 starts.