Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Mariners 8

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

How it happened: The White Sox saved what could have gone down as a disastrous loss. The White Sox’s bullpen blew a 7-2 lead in the ninth inning as the Mariners scored six times and went ahead 8-7. The White Sox fought back in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin Youkilis tied the game when he drove in Gordon Beckham with a single, and Paul Konerko won the game by knocking in Dewayne Wise with a shot into the right-field gap. Konerko had three hits in the win. Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez combined for three home runs and six RBIs for the White Sox, and starting pitcher Jake Peavy allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings. The Mariners had their eight-game winning streak snapped.

What it means: The White Sox extended their lead to 2 ½ games over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tigers lost 2-1to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Outside the box: The White Sox have dominated the Mariners over the past three seasons. Since 2010, the White Sox are 22-4 against them.

Up next: Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.76) will start for the White sox on Saturday, and Blake Beavan (8-7, 5.00) will start for the Mariners.