The White Sox took two of three in their opening series on the strength of their starting pitching. They'll look for last year's surprise rookie to continue that theme against a Seattle Mariners team they've dominated in recent years.
Chicago has won 24 of 28 meetings since the start of 2010 and hasn't dropped a series to the Mariners since 2009.
After limiting Kansas City to two runs in winning their first two games, the White Sox lost 3-1 on Thursday - but with little fault from starter Gavin Floyd . Floyd gave up two earned runs and four hits over six innings, following starts in which Chris Sale and Jake Peavy gave up a combined 11 hits in 13 2-3 innings.
Quintana gets the ball looking to build on an impressive first season in which he went 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 25 appearances after replacing the injured John Danks . He had a solid spring, going 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in four games - three starts.
"You don't look at him the same way as you did last year," manager Robin Ventura told the team's official website. "You look at him as he's a little more mature than you think."
Quintana will be facing a Seattle club that totaled six runs in three games against Oakland outside of a 7-1 win Tuesday. Morse accounted for a big part of the team's production, hitting four homers in the last three games to join Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to go deep four times in the first four contests. Griffey finished with 56 that season, while Morse's career high is 31 in 2011 with Washington.
"I'm just getting some good pitches to hit and trying to put the barrel on the ball and just let things happen," said Morse, who is hitting .375.
Opposing Quintana will be right-hander Blake Beavan , who will try to find more consistency after an up-and-down 2012. Beavan was sent to Triple-A Tacoma in June after going 3-6 with a 5.92 ERA in his first 12 starts, then returned after the All-Star break and was much better, recording an 8-5 record and 3.40 ERA across 14 starts.
"The second half is the pitcher I am," Beavan told the team's official website. "I know I can do that again. It's not rocket science. I figured out a lot of stuff when I got sent down and brought back up."
Beavan went 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two outings against Chicago last season. Paul Konerko is 4 for 5 with a homer when facing him.
After becoming the second White Sox catcher to homer twice in his first two games, Tyler Flowers had a single, was hit by a pitch and walked twice Thursday. Flowers' lone hit in two at-bats against Beavan is a home run.
Alex Rios , coming off a season in which he established career highs with a .304 average, 25 home runs and 91 RBIs, is 5 for 11 for Chicago. He's hitting .333 in 73 career games against Seattle, while Konerko is batting .315 with 31 homers in 119 matchups.
Quintana had a 4.26 ERA in two appearances against Seattle last season. In his lone start, he didn't earn a decision while giving up three earned runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 5-4 win Aug. 25.
|Alejandro De Aza||3||.333||1||0||0||0||0||.333||.666||.333|
|March 25, 2013||Josh Kinney||60-Day DL||Stress reaction, left shoulder|
|March 19, 2013||Brendan Ryan||Day-to-Day||Stiffness in neck|
|Chicago White Sox|
|March 22, 2013||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|March 22, 2013||John Danks||15-Day DL||Recovery from left shoulder surgery|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Tom Wilhelmsen was in trouble. He was everywhere but the strike zone, and the game was slowly slipping away for the Seattle Mariners .
Clinging to a one-run lead with no room for error, he found a way to close it out.
Wilhelmsen struck out Tyler Flowers with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Mariners held on for an 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on a chilly Friday night.
"A game like that, just got to buckle down and keep fighting," Wilhelmsen said. "We can't lose that game."
Dewayne Wise hit a two-out RBI single to get the White Sox within one before Wilhelmsen issued his third walk of the inning, to Alexei Ramirez . That brought Flowers to the plate with three runners on, but Wilhelmsen managed to throw three straight strikes with the game in the balance.
"He just bowed his neck, man. That's what you have to do," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "That's why he's our closer is because he's tough. He didn't give in to it. I mean, he didn't tighten up. You still saw the ball jumping out of his hand."
Franklin Gutierrez homered and drove in three runs for Seattle, which blew a 6-1 lead before it pushed across two runs in the 10th against Nate Jones (0-1).
Gutierrez sparked the winning rally when he led off with an infield single. He advanced on Michael Saunders ' sacrifice and came home when Kendrys Morales drove the next pitch down the first-base line.
Jesus Montero then singled home pinch-runner Robert Andino as Seattle earned its fourth win in its last 20 games in Chicago dating to the 2008 season. The Mariners have only 11 wins in their last 44 games against the White Sox overall.
"We don't look at that. We've got a completely different cast of characters here," Wedge said. "I guarantee none of them know that. What we're trying to do is win series and you get that first win of a series and it goes a long way heading in the right direction."
Kameron Loe (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios homered for Chicago, which went 8-1 against Seattle last season. Paul Konerko had an RBI single in the fourth for his 2,137th hit with the White Sox, passing Frank Thomas for third on the franchise list.
"We scored some runs and battled back into it on a tough, cold night, but a loss is a loss," Konerko said. "We have to realize there's a lot of good teams in this league and one inning can do the game in, so you've really got to stay on your toes out there."
The White Sox were hurt by pitcher Jose Quintana 's costly error that paved the way for Seattle's five-run fifth inning. With none out and a runner on second, Dustin Ackley hit a grounder to first and Quintana hustled over to cover the bag. The throw from Konerko was a little behind him, but the left-hander tried to grab it with his bare hand and it squirted away.
"I felt that changed the inning for me," Quintana said through a translator. "It kind of took the wrong way for me with that error."
The Mariners then strung together five consecutive hits to chase Quintana and open a 6-1 lead. Gutierrez had a two-run double and scored on Saunders' triple. Morales added an RBI single, stopping a 1-for-14 slide.
But the White Sox responded with four runs in the bottom half and another in the seventh. De Aza hit a two-run shot and Rios had a solo drive in the fifth, and Rios' grounder brought home Gordon Beckham with the tying run two innings later.
"The good part about tonight is it's over, basically," White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said. "It was miserable out there for everybody. We had our chances and it didn't happen. We'll come out tomorrow and hopefully get `em."
Gutierrez got the Mariners off to a nice start when he drove Quintana's fourth pitch just over the wall in the right-field corner. It was Gutierrez's second leadoff homer of the season and No. 3 for his career.
"Just trying to get on base. That's it," Gutierrez said. "Obviously in the leadoff spot, when the game starts they throw more fastballs so I'm trying to be ready for that. If I hit it good, it can go out."
NOTES: The game-time temperature was 34 degrees. ... Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will make his second start on Saturday. The right-hander gave up three hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 2-0 win at Oakland on opening day. He will be opposed by RHP Dylan Axelrod , who will be making his season debut. ... With the short turnaround between games, Konerko likely will get a day off on Saturday. Chicago manager Robin Ventura also said C Hector Gimenez probably will play. ... Wedge said C Kelly Shoppach likely will be in the lineup on Saturday.
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