Lillibridge homer holds up, Sox beat M’s to remain seven games behind Detroit

SEATTLE—Brent Lillibridge now has a Safeco Field memory that goes well beyond the 20 or so Seattle Mariners games he would attend every summer as a kid.A game-winning home run trumps nearly everything else.The White Sox do-everything utility man hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning, Jake Peavy pitched six strong innings for only his second victory since late June and the White Sox beat Seattle 4-2 on Friday night.Lillibridge, a Seattle area native and former college star across town at Washington, snapped a 2-2 tie with his 12th home run deep into the bullpen in left-center field off Seattle starter Charlie Furbush. Lillibridge had struck out in his first two at-bats before taking Furbush (3-6) deep.White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has used Lillibridge nearly everywhere this season. He has played all three outfield positions, second base and made his eighth start at first base on Friday night. It has all come without regularity — Friday night was his first start since last Sunday — but along the way, Lillibridge has proved himself invaluable to the White Sox lineup.And, as Guillen noted, probably made himself some money in the future. Lillibridge’s home run was his fifth in the past 15 games and came after he got only one at-bat in the Sox previous series against the Angels. He connected in his previous start Sunday in Texas.Peavy made Lillibridge’s home run stand up despite pitching with base runners on for most of his six innings. Seattle left runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings against Peavy, but the only damage Seattle’s offense could manage was Miguel Olivo’s solo home run leading off the second and Trayvon Robinson’s bloop single in the fourth. Kyle Seager scored on Robinson’s single after doubling off the glove of Juan Pierre’s diving attempt to open the inning. Otherwise, Peavy was strong. He matched his season high with eight strikeouts and retired the final six batters he faced. It was only the fourth start this season where Peavy allowed two earned runs or fewer.The White Sox bullpen didn’t make it easy for Peavy to even his record. Matt Thornton took over for Peavy and struck out Ichiro Suzuki and Dustin Ackley in the seventh, but gave up singles to Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Carp. Jesse Crain entered and walked Olivo to load the bases but got rookie Kyle Seager swinging at strike three in the dirt to end the threat.Crain finished off the eighth striking out Wily Mo Pena and Brendan Ryan, and getting a groundout from Robinson. Chris Sale then pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances. Guillen went with the matchups using the left-handed Sale to get lefty hitters Ackley and Carp.Seattle left 11 runners on base. NOTES—The White Sox plan on placing OF Carlos Quentin on the disabled list Saturday with a back injury. The team will bring up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. … Friday was the 1,000th game played at Safeco Field, including four with Seattle as the visiting team. … Former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones threw out the first pitch. … Seattle rookie RHP Michael Pineda (9-7) gets his fourth chance at win No. 10 on Saturday. Since picking up his ninth win on July 30, Pineda’s had three straight no decisions. …John Danks (5-9) looks to continue his impressive comeback on Saturday. After starting the season 0-8, Danks is 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in his last 10 starts. He had a no decision in his last start at Texas.

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