GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chicago White Sox center fielder Alex Rios broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning Thursday, driving a two-run homer over the left-field fence at Camelback Ranch to give Chicago its first home run of spring training and its first win, 6-1 over the Seattle Mariners.
Left-hander Luke French, one of several Mariners pitchers battling for the fifth starter’s spot, started and gave up two hits with two strikeouts over three scoreless innings.
“It finally felt like everything clicked as far as mechanics,” French said. “I had good flow, good rhythm. That’s really the first time I’ve felt really good all spring, so it was really encouraging.”
It was a big improvement from his spring debut – two runs and six hits in two innings against the Padres.
Brandon League suffered the loss after giving up Rios’ two-run blast in the fourth.
Mike Wilson opened the door for the Mariners’ run with a leadoff triple down the right-field line in the sixth. Jeff Gray walked the next two to load the bases, then struck out Jack Cust and made a play at the plate on a dribbler from Miguel Olivo. His third walk, to Adam Kennedy, finally pushed a run home for Seattle, which went hitless in 12 chances with runners in scoring position.
In his spring debut, White Sox left-hander John Danks threw two hitless innings, striking out one and walking two. Tony Peña matched Danks with two shutout innings to pick up the victory.
Mariners DH Milton Bradley went 1-for-2, making him 5-for-8 (.625) this spring.
Seattle plays Cincinnati at 12:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. Probable starting pitcher: Doug Fister vs. Chad Reineke.