- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Felix Hernandez was much better than his previous start, though it wasn’t good enough against Chicago’s Chris Sale.

Hernandez gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings Friday night and the White Sox roughed up Seattle relievers in an 11-4 victory over the Mariners.

In his previous start, Hernandez (14-8) was rocked for 10 runs and 12 hits in 2 1/3 innings by the Boston Red Sox.

“I think I made one mistake in the sixth inning,” said Hernandez, who was 8-1 through the end of May, but is 2-3 with an 8.48 ERA in his last five starts. “One pitch, I’d like to do again that inning.”

Hernandez, who allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth, was referring to a two-out, two run double by rookie Carlos Sanchez that put the White Sox up 4-0 in the sixth.

“I feel really good, outside of that one mistake,” said Hernandez, who lost back-to-back starts for the first time since Sept. 2, 2013.

Sale (12-7) countered with 14 strikeouts in seven strong innings, giving up three runs and four hits, while reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 12th time in 24 starts this season, and the 30th time in his career.

Seattle trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the seventh against Sale, who had allowed only Ketel Martel’s leadoff double in the first and a walk to Jesus Sucre in the third.

Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano then singled to open the seventh, and Mark Trumbo homered one out later. Trumbo’s homer was his seventh with the Mariners. He hit nine for Arizona prior to being traded on June 3.

Chicago answered with four runs in the eighth. Fernando Rodney relieved to start the inning and loaded the bases with one out. Rob Rasmussen, called up earlier in the day, walked in two runs and allowed a two-run single to Tyler Saladino.

“Rasmussen couldn’t find the strike zone the way he wanted to,” said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who was ejected in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes. “His command was off as well. Things just got out of hand.”

The White Sox added three more in the ninth on another RBI double by Sanchez and two-run single by Tyler Flowers.

Cruz hit his major league-leading 37th homer in the ninth, extending his on-base streak to 31 games.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Saladino singled to open and scored on Jose Abreu’s double to right-center.

Chicago manufactured a run in the fifth to make it 2-0. Alexei Ramirez singled to open, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a one-out infield single by Flowers. Adam Eaton then lined an RBI single up the middle.

“We got the first one and you feel good about it, then we got another one,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “You still wish you could add on, but you could also look at it that you feel pretty fortunate to get what you get. That’s why the Sanchez one, once it pushed it to four, was a big one for us.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Daniel Webb, out since early August with a back strain, began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.

Mariners: LHP Joe Beimel (2-1, 4.78 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with posterior inflammation in his left shoulder. LHP Rasmussen was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place. … LHP Charlie Furbush, on the DL since July 8 has a slight tear in his rotator cuff and is ‘unlikely’ to pitch again this year, according to McClendon. … LHP James Paxton, sidelined since late May with a strained middle finger, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Tacoma.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Rookie LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42 ERA) is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his last two starts and will be facing the Mariners for the first time.

Mariners: LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.67 ERA) will make his fourth consecutive start after 18 relief appearances for Seattle. Nuno, acquired in early June from Arizona in the deal that also brought Trumbo to the Mariners, is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in his three starts, with his longest start being five innings.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

Eaton opened the game with a single and then stole second with one out, sliding in ahead of the tag by second baseman Cano. The Mariners challenged and after an estimated review of 1:52, the call was overturned.


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