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Andruw Jones to the Rescue!

April 23 vs. Seattle


Thornton continues to be the best lefthanded short reliever in the game, while Putz gives up the grand salami

Short Take: † Jones bookends the Sox win over the Mís with two homers, including a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 9th. Happy 33rd Birthday to our new #3 hitter!

The White Sox needed that. Sox fans needed that. Andruw Jones was a wrecking machine on Friday night at the Cell as he put the team on his back and carried the Sox to a 7-6 victory over the much-improved Seattle Mariners.

The heroics of Andruw Jones, celebrating his 33rd birthday on Friday night, started in the 1st inning as he blasted his 5th homer of the season into the leftfield stands to give the Good Guys an early 1-0 lead. TCQ followed with some magic of his own in the 2nd with his third dinger of the season, putting the Mariners two runs ďunderĒ off Aussie starter Ryan Rowland-Smith.

The Mís came charging back off Sox starter Gavin Floyd in the third. Floyd was shaky early, and Seattle took advantage. Chone Figginsí RBI double brought the Mariners within a run, and former 2008 Sox star Ken Griffey Jr. tied the game with a fielderís choice groundout to second.

The Sox jumped back in the bottom of the 3rd after a rare double steal, as Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones did the deed. Paul Konerko picked up an RBI as he knocked in Pierre, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead. Paulie wasnít finished for the night, as his 6th homer of the season put the Sox up 4-2 in the 6th inning. A later fielderís choice groundout by Sox back-up catcher Donny Lucy, making the most of his chance to play, scored Quentin to give the Sox a comfortable three run lead.

The night turned ugly, temporarily at least, in the 7th as the Sox bullpen had a rare hiccup. After Gavin loaded the bases, JJ Putz was called in by Ozzie to shut the door. Unfortunately, with two outs, Putz gave up a grand slam to Mís cleanup hitter Jose Lopez, and all of a sudden Seattle had an insurmountable 7-6 lead.

The Sox werenít going to spoil Andruwís birthday party, though. Alex Rios contributed with a clutch double over a diving Eric Byrnes in leftfield to plate Beckham and tie the game in the 7th. The score remained notched at 6-6, thanks to lights-out relief work by Matt Thornton, setting the stage for the birthday boy to provide the fireworks. In the bottom of the 9th, off Mís closer Mark Lowe, Andruw Jones belted his 2nd homer of the night and sixth of the season to light up the pinwheels on the Sox scoreboard and light the candles on his birthday cake. Sox win 7-6. Now, thatís a ballgame.

TBGR Diary:
†The Sox will attempt to take two in a row from the Mariners with a 3:10 start at the Cell today, as Freddy Garcia takes the bump against his old team and M's starter Doug Fister.

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