The White Sox were in a proving mode Tuesday, anxious to show the home folks that the three-game drubbing in Oakland was a mere blip.
Magglio Ordonez's two-run homer and the pitching of Dan Wright paced the Sox to an 8-4 win over Seattle in the homestand opener in front of 16,253 at Comiskey Park.
"Everybody wanted to play," Ordonez said. "We looked bad in Oakland. We had to come back and show people we're a good team."
The Sox dealt the Mariners their first road loss of 2002, following a 10-0 start. Two weeks ago in Comiskey, they ended Cleveland's 10-game overall win streak en route to a three-game sweep.
Seattle has now lost four of its last five games after starting out 15-6, while the Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-2 at home.
Wright had his usual bad inning Tuesdaythis time it came in the second when Seattle scored three runsbut looked sharp the rest of the way. He allowed three runs on eight hits in a seven-inning stint, with two strikeouts and one walk. Wright entered the game with an 0-2 record at Comiskey Park with a 13.50 ERA, as opposed to a 2-0 record and 2.33 ERA on the road.
"He really hasn't pitched well at Comiskey," manager Jerry Manuel said beforehand.
"Maybe it's the mound," Manuel added with a laugh.
Or maybe it was a coincidence.
"I was aware of that," Wright said of his hometroubles. "I don't want to say it was developing into a pattern, but it's nice to come out and pitch well at home."
After Paul Konerko's run-scoring single in the first, Seattle's three runs started with a leadoff walk to John Olerud. Run scoring hits by Mike Cameron and Carlos Guillen brought home two runs, and Dan Wilson's RBI groundout made it 3-1.
The Sox tied it with two runs in the second, and knocked reliever Paul Abbott around in a four-run fourth. Thomas' two-run double to left gave the Sox the lead, and Ordonez followed with a first-pitch, opposite field home run to make it 7-3.
The Sox may have been coming off their worst series of the year, but Manuel told his players after the Oakland debacle he still considers them "one of the better teams in the American League." The Sox don't want to be "one of the better teams." They believe they have the talent to be the best team.
"We definitely need to tighten up our game a little but all the way around," said Konerko, who extended his hitting streak to 17 games. "It's tough. Teams are going to win games in different ways. Our hitting is our strength. That doesn't mean we don't have pitching or cant play defense, but things are going to be different.
"Hopefully we'll get to the playoffs, and if we do, we might do it a different way than the Yankees or Mariners. But we might do it the same way as Oakland. Everyone can't be like the Yankees with all those frontline pitchers. But we can be as good as them if our other parts of the game are better."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times