Chicago White Sox (55-61) at Seattle Mariners (60-54), 10:10 p.m. (ET)
08/07/2014 10:49 AM
08/08/2014 10:45 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners go after a fourth straight win on Friday when they continue a four-game set with the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field.
Seattle continued to play well in Thursday's opener, as Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley homered in the Mariners' 13-3 rout of the White Sox.
Ackley knocked in four runs and scored twice for the Mariners, while Chavez had three RBI and scored a pair of runs.
"We had a good night," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "I think we're coming (offensively). We're getting there."
Seattle starter Roenis Elias (9-9) took a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed two runs on two hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Elias had lost four of his previous five decisions.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped three straight. Scott Carroll (4-7) gave up seven runs on seven hits with three walks over five-plus innings.
"It starts with me on the mound. I didn't have a good performance, and it transitions over to guys pressing I guess, trying to make things happen without good starting pitching," said Carroll.
Seattle, which is just a half-game back of the second wild card spot in the American League, stands a good chance at staying in the win column on Friday, as they send Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma to the hill.
Iwakuma, though, has lost two of his last three starts, although his most recent setback was through no fault of his own. Iwakuma was defeated by Baltimore on Sunday, despite giving up just one run - a first inning home run - and five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He also struck out seven batters, but still fell to 9-6 on the year to go along with a 2.94 ERA.
"When a run like that costs you, it's tough," Iwakuma said. "Because (that) was a day, being a starter, that you don't want to lose."
Chicago, meanwhile, will turn to lefty Jose Quintana, who is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last nine outings. Quintana did not get a decision on Sunday versus Minnesota, but pitched well, allowing just an unearned run in five innings of work in his team's 16-3 loss.
"A really, really bad game for us," said Quintana, who is 6-7 on the year with a 3.04 ERA.
Quintana struck out 10 Mariners over 7 2/3 scoreless innings back on July 5 without getting a decision. In fact, he has yet to record a decision in four games (3 starts) against them, while pitching to a 4.00 ERA.
Chicago took two of three from the Mariners in early July.
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