How it happened: A game void of offense erupted unexpectedly first when the White Sox scored five runs in the 14th inning and again when the Mariners tied it a grand slam from Kyle Seager off Addison Reed. It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that both teams scored five runs to extend a game after not scoring at all in the first nine innings. The White Sox went ahead in the 16th on RBIs from Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios. Reed couldn't hold the lead but ended up with the victory after pitching three innings.
What it means: The White Sox went deep into overtime to prevent the franchise's first winless road trip of seven games or more. The trip started with two defeats against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, before heading to Oakland for three and Seattle for two when they finally broke through late Wednesday. The last time the White Sox won a game before Wednesday was May 26, when they finished off a home sweep of the Miami Marlins. The White Sox are now 4-8 during the softest portion of their schedule that matches them with a number of teams under .500 for a 30-game stretch.
Outside the box: The White Sox had their defense together Wednesday with six double plays, two of which came on assists from the outfield. De Aza caught a third-inning fly ball in center with Gordon Beckham completing the relay throw to first base to double off Brendan Ryan. An inning later, Rios caught a fly ball in right and cut down Seager trying to tag up and score, as catcher Hector Gimenez successfully blocked the plate.
Off beat: When runs are hard to come by, it goes without saying that home runs are few and far between. The White Sox have hit only six home runs over their past 17 games, and the last time they hit more than one home run in a game was May 17 against the Angels. Since May 27, the White Sox have just one home run, Adam Dunn's solo shot Tuesday in Seattle. The White Sox started the day with 53 total home runs, ahead of only the Twins (51) and Royals (29) in the American League.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) to the mound Thursday against Oakland in the opener of a four-game series. The A's will counter with right-hander Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.