Reed had only allowed a run in two of his 21 appearances entering the game. He was forced to throw more than one inning for the first time this season.
"I felt fine," Reed said. "I just didn't get the pitches where I needed to locate them and got hit around a little bit."
It seemed the back and forth affair was going to end in Seattle's favor before it went to extras, where the White Sox are just 1-3 this season.
Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan drilled a game-tying two-run double down the left-field line against Chicago reliever Jesse Crain in the top of the eighth. Ryan then scored after stealing third base, when catcher A.J. Pierzynski's throw got past Orlando Hudson and trickled into left field to give the Mariners an 8-7 lead.
"They go ahead and we catch them and they go ahead," Ventura said. "It's just one of those games. They are tough to put away."
Chicago outfielder Dayan Viciedo knotted the score at 8 with two outs in the eighth inning on the game's eighth home run. With four home runs on Saturday, the White Sox are averaging two home runs a game during their last 18 games.
A long ball was launched in each of the first five innings, as the Mariners led off the first, second and third innings with home runs for the first time in team history. Three different players on each team went deep in the first five frames, including two home runs by Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who entered the game with one homer this year.
Suzuki had another chance to put a run on the board with the Mariners trailing 6-5 and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but reliever Hector Santiago forced him to ground out to Orlando Hudson to end the threat.
White Sox starter Gavin Floyd allowed four home runs in the first four innings, tying a career high. He was 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his previous five starts against the Mariners.
"I was up in the zone today," Floyd said. "I got hurt when I was getting behind. Left the ball up a lot. I've got to get back to getting down in the zone and getting ahead."
Floyd entered Saturday's matchup having allowed at least five runs in each of his past three starts, and the starter's struggles continued. He surrendered nine hits and five runs in five innings, but still left the game with a one-run lead in the sixth.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham played a large part in that, delivering an RBI single in the third inning and roping a two-run home run in the fifth to regain the lead for the White Sox, who were trailing 5-4 at the time. Pierzynski and right fielder Alex Rios also went deep for Chicago.
"They're a hot team and they showed it throughout these last two games," Jaso said. "We'd get the lead and they'd come right back. That's what a good team does. They're all swinging the bats well. This was a good victory for us."
Beckham has torched Seattle at the plate through two games, blasting home runs in three of his first eight at-bats of the series. Beckham, who extended his hitting streak to nine games and is hitting .357 in that span, remains one of the many upbeat White Sox players, despite the loss snapping a nine-game winning streak overall and a seven-game winning streak against the Mariners.
"We battled and had a chance to win it and just couldn't get it done," Beckham said. "That's going to happen. You're not going to win every game. I was really happy to see us keep battling back."