SEATTLE – Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios each had an RBI single in the 16th inning, and the White Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
De Aza’s tiebreaking hit came after the teams combined to make baseball history when the Sox scored five times in the top of the 14th, only to have Seattle complete an improbable rally on Kyle Seager’s tying grand slam off Addison Reed (2-0) with two out.
According to the Mariners, with information from Elias Sports Bureau, Seager was the first player to hit a tying grand slam in extra innings and no team had ever scored five or more runs in the 14th inning or later to tie a game. It also was the first game in major league history when each team scored five or more runs in the game when it was scoreless through the ninth.
After 13 innings of offensive futility, the two sides combined for 10 runs and 10 hits in the 14th inning alone.
But all that became a footnote when the Sox scored twice in the 16th against Hector Noesi (0-1), who gave up three runs and seven hits in three innings. De Aza drove in Gordon Beckham and eventually came around on an infield hit by Rios, who also singled home the first run of the game.
The two-run cushion proved to be enough for Reed this time. He struck out Brendan Ryan on three pitches, and then got Endy Chavez and Jason Bay swinging to end it 5 hours and 42 minutes after the first pitch.
Reed was charged with five runs and five hits over three innings, but got the victory. The Sox avoided the first winless road trip of seven or more games in franchise history.