SEATTLE — Alexi Ramirez hit a three-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth off closer David Aardsma and the Chicago White Sox rallied for a stunning 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Ramirez jumped on a 2-2 pitch from Aardsma and lined the high fastball 370 feet into the White Sox bullpen in left. The White Sox were held to one hit over six innings by Seattle starter Doug Fister, who was making his major league debut. But Fister's effort was ruined by Aardsma's third blown save of the season.
Paul Konerko nearly tied it to open the ninth, flying out to the wall in center field. After a walk to A.J. Pierzynski and single by Carlos Quentin, Ramirez hit his 13th homer of the season.
The White Sox moved within two games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central, while Seattle fell 5 games behind Boston in the wild card.
John Danks (10-8) pitched eight strong innings, scattering seven hits and striking out eight. He allowed an RBI single to Russell Branyan in the fourth, but otherwise shut down the Mariners and won for the fifth time in his last seven decisions.
Chicago closer Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 attempts. It was his first save since July 20 for Jenks, who had blown his last two save opportunities.
Before the ninth, the only Chicago hits failed to leave the infield. Jim Thome had an infield single in the first, when Chicago threatened for the only time against Fister. And Gordon Beckham chopped an infield single in the eighth off reliever Mark Lowe, but was erased by a double play.
Chicago passed its hit total for the game in the ninth with three hits off Aardsma (3-4). Aardsma's last blown save was July 8 in a 5-3 loss to Baltimore.
Fister walked four batters and hit another, but kept the White Sox off the scoreboard and never found himself in major trouble. The lanky 6-foot-8 right-hander went 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA at Triple-A Tacoma, and the Mariners took a chance in calling up Fister and demoting lefty Jason Vargas.
With a lot of family in attendance, Fister left after the sixth inning to a standing ovation after striking out Thome and Konerko.
NOTES: Chicago OF Jermaine Dye had his seventh and eighth assists of the year. He threw behind Branyan and caught him in a rundown on his RBI single, then nailed Branyan trying for a double in the seventh. ... Seattle C Rob Johnson missed his second straight game with a sore right elbow, but manager Don Wakamatsu intends on playing Johnson on Wednesday. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen plans on playing newly acquired OF Alex Rios in Wednesday's series finale, but wasn't sure what position he would play.