(SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners will try to end a six-game road trip on a positive note Sunday when they finish a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field.
Seattle, which defeated the White Sox 3-2 in 14 innings on Saturday and has won four of five on the trip, will begin a seven-game homestand to end the first half of the campaign on Monday against Minnesota.
Saturday's win did not come easily for the Mariners, who trailed 2-0 entering the ninth inning. However, a sacrifice fly from Mike Zunino and an RBI single from Michael Saunders tied the game and forced extra innings.
Then, after four scoreless innings, the Mariners finally broke ahead thanks to an RBI ground rule double from Brad Miller in the top of the 14th. Fernando Rodney then pitched a perfect bottom of the frame to earn the save and give Seattle the victory.
Eric Surkamp walked Robinson Cano to start the top of the ninth inning and was relieved by Zach Putnam, who gave up the tying run to blow the save. Ronald Belisario pitched three innings of solid relief, but allowed the game- winning run in the top of the 14th to take the loss for Chicago, which has dropped three of its last five.
Seattle had 11 hits in Saturday's game, while Chicago had only four and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Touted prospect Taijuan Walker will make his second start of the season for Seattle on Sunday.
Walker, a 21-year-old right-hander taken 43rd overall in the 2010 amateur draft, made his Major League debut last season at the age of 20. This season an injury kept him from starting on the big league roster, but he finally got his chance last Monday against Houston.
The game was not an overwhelming success, as Walker allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, but it was enough to earn him a win, the second in his brief career.
This will be his first start versus the White Sox.
Hector Noesi will get a chance to earn some revenge against his former club when he makes the start for Chicago on Sunday.
Noesi started the season with Seattle but was traded to Texas in early April. However, by April 22 he was designated for assignment and then claimed off of waivers by the White Sox three days later.
In the three stops he has made Noesi has accumulated a 2-6 record and a 5.33 ERA while making 12 starts and six relief appearances. He most recently started against the Angels in the first part of a doubleheader on Tuesday. In the contest he allowed five runs on three hits and a season-worst seven walks over five innings of work. The White Sox lost the game 8-4.
Noesi has pitched four times against the Mariners, positing a 2.35 ERA across 7 2.3 innings. He made two relief appearances against them with Texas this season, tossing a combined 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
These teams split the six games between them a year ago.