Mariners overcome losses to eke out win over White Sox

Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:48am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - A day of losses concluded with a win for the Seattle Mariners when they beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

Paced by a dominant performance from right-hander Taijuan Walker, the Mariners evened the series at a game apiece despite struggling to convert scoring opportunities into runs for the second straight night.

"He shut them down," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Walker. "They got him a little bit (last week) in Seattle, but he bounced back very nicely and did a tremendous job."

Walker threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out six for the win but also left his start prematurely because of a cramping issue in his right hip flexor.

"I just kind of cramped up," Walker said. "It gave out on me. I fell and I got back in (the locker room) and I was good."

Walker was not the only one to leave earlier than expected after the Mariners announced that general manager Jack Zduriencik had been fired and catcher Mike Zunino sent to the minors.

It was a lot for players and the coaching staff to handle, but they managed to win for the fourth time in their past six games.

Third baseman Kyle Seager (3-for-4) and left fielder Franklin Gutierrez (3-for-3) each hit homers to lead the offense, and right-hander Carson Smith and closer Tom Wilhelmsen threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win.

Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his fifth save.   Continued...