CHICAGO - It went from a pitcher's duel to an offensive bonanza to a battle of the bullpens to an extra-inning nail-biter on Friday night at frigid U.S. Cellular Field.
Five relievers allowed just two runs through five innings and made the difference for the Seattle Mariners, who snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-7 in 10 innings with the temperatures staying in the low 30s all game.
Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen made it interesting in the bottom of the 10th by allowing a run and loading the bases with two outs, but he got Tyler Flowers to swing and miss at a 0-2 fastball to end it.
Kendrys Morales hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero added a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th for the go-ahead runs against Chicago reliever Nate Jones (0-1) -- the Sox's fourth reliever of the game, who was pitching his second inning.
Morales went 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Franklin Gutierrez led off the game with a home run and went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Mariners (3-2). Chicago (2-2) has now dropped two games in a row during a six-game home stand to open the season.
Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Chicago's four-run fifth to lead the Sox, while Alex Rios also hit a solo shot in the fifth and scored in the bottom of the 10th -- before Wilhelmsen finally ended a wild night.
Both teams broke out for big innings in the fifth, once each side had a chance to go through the lineup and get a read on the opposing pitcher.
The Mariners figured out White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the top half to turn a 1-1 game into a 6-1 lead with five runs on six hits.
After a lead-off double by Jason Bay, Quintana dropped a soft flip to first base on a ground ball by Dustin Ackley to ignite the rally.
Seattle then rapped out five straight hits, starting with Brendan Ryan's soft-hit single to score Bay. Gutierrez then doubled home Ackley and Ryan for his second and third RBIs of the game before Michael Saunders tripled him home. Kendrys Morales then singled in Saunders before Michael Morse's single drove Quintana from the game.
Matt Lindstrom relieved him and promptly closed the door by getting a big double play and fly ball to prevent further damage. The White Sox then got four of the runs back in the bottom half against Seattle starter Blake Beavan, highlighted by De Aza's two-run homer and a solo shot by Rios that cut the Mariners' lead to 6-5.
Gutierrez also launched a fastball over the fence in the right-field corner on the game's fourth pitch to give Seattle a quick 1-0 lead that lasted three innings. It was Gutierrez's third lead-off homer in his career and second this season -- the first coming on April 3 against Oakland.
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko combined to tie it 1-1 in the fourth, when Dunn scored on Konerko's single to right after the 6-foot-6, 285-pound designated hitter had stolen second uncontested.
NOTES: The temperature to start the game was 34 degrees. ... LHP John Danks, who's about nine months out from shoulder surgery, took what White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper called "a little step" forward Thursday in extended spring training. Danks needed just 77 pitches to get through five innings and is slated for another extended spring start on April 9. ... Konerko and starting catcher Tyler Flowers to get off days because of the 12:10 p.m. start on Saturday. ... This is Seattle's only trip to U.S. Cellular Field, where the Mariners went 1-5 in 2012. Seattle had lost 19 of the previous 22 games against the White Sox coming into this game. ... Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, who will start the final two games of the series, combined to go 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA with a walk and 15 strikeouts in their first two outings. ... Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager's error in the first inning was the team's first error of the season. The Mariners hadn't committed an error in its first four games (136 total chances), which matched streaks in the 2006 and 2009 seasons for longest to start a season in club history. "We should be a good defensive club," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "We were a good defensive club last year and I think we'll be a good defensive club again this year." ... Konerko's RBI single in the fourth was his 2,137th career hit with the White Sox, which pushed him past Frank Thomas for 3rd all-time in franchise history.