Seager, Jackson light a fuse atop the order

Collect six hits, five RBIs during finale loss in Chicago

Seager, Jackson light a fuse atop the order

CHICAGO -- Kyle Seager was frustrated when he entered Chicago, kept out of the starting lineup for just the third time this season. But he left U.S. Cellular Field in a better mood after his offensive performance over the weekend.

Along with Austin Jackson, Seager finished one hit shy of the cycle, but neither was able to complete the feat with their last at-bats as Seattle fell to the White Sox, 6-5, in 11 innings.

Seager got off to another quick start Sunday, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, marking the third straight game in which he's connected on a home run. He finished 3-for-6, needing a triple to complete the cycle.

"He is swinging the bat good," said Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "He did a tremendous job again today. He had some big hits.

"It was a great day for Jackson [as well]. A lot of guys swung the bat very well, offensively."

Jackson's near-cycle

The duo provided the majority of the offense, driving in all five runs and scoring all but one while atop the order. It was the first time in the four-game series the two followed each other in the order.

Seager finished the series 8-for-16 with six RBIs and three runs scored despite tallying one at-bat as a pinch-hitter on Thursday. After he entered the series batting .196 in August, the third baseman used his time to work with hitting coach Edgar Martinez to break out of his slump.

"I was able to make some adjustments and kind of simplify some things, and get back to what's made me successful in the past," Seager said. "Working with Edgar has been really good."

He followed leadoff hitter Jackson in the order, who also ended his day 3-for-6, needing a double to reach the cycle. Both players had a chance in the 11th inning, but Jackson struck out looking before Seager lined out to second base.

Jackson scored three runs, including his eighth home run in the second inning. It was his two-out triple in the eighth inning that proved to be his most important hit.

The speedy center fielder never slowed down as he rounded first base, cruising into third to set up Seager's go-ahead RBI single.

"If he doesn't end up on third and he's on second, they're in a different alignment defensively and that ball might not get through and we might not score that run," Seager said. "So him hustling there, getting to third was critical. And he had a great game. … He's been looking really good."

Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.