Mistake-prone White Sox blow five-run lead, get swept by Mariners

Mistake-prone White Sox blow five-run lead, get swept by Mariners”

Cruz has battled a sore knee since July 1, when he jammed it on a slide at second base in Anaheim while trying to stretch a single into a double. After being hit, Cruz looked down at the ball for a moment and then faked a stride toward the mound as if he were about to charge Holland.

"'Q' was an amazing teammate", said James Shields, who allowed four runs in six innings Friday. "(Narvaez) was like, 'Maybe we should've went somewhere else.' But ... if I make that pitch, everybody's looking at it like, 'Wow, that was a great pitch'". "Or even walking better".

All-Star Nelson Cruz looks to continue his power surge when the Seattle Mariners go for a three-game road sweep against the struggling Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The next couple of weeks will be very telling to see the direction this club decides to go.

Haniger is expected to miss a few days after suffering a bruised right index finger Saturday on a bunt attempt. Edgar Martinez was their designated hitter, and Ichiro Suzuki hit a home run against Bartolo Colon.

It wasn't the worst decision.

Seattle responded in the sixth.

Saladino had been on the DL with back spasms since May 27.

"I honestly don't have an answer for that yet", Hahn said. At 6-2, 230 pounds, he a big dude. "You play a major league ballgame you want to play every team as cleanly as possible because you know at any moment someone could take advantage of those particular situations".

Haniger's injury should keep outfielder Boog Powell around for a little longer. He just missed his location on that pitch. They know each other well, and that was likely Cruz's way of messing with his old pal after he had the audacity to plunk him. They are also 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the second wild-card spot.

Cruz would get his revenge, though not on Holland.

The Mariners have now won three-straight games, including the first two games against the Chicago White Sox that followed the All-Star break. The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest. Hernandez improved to 5-3 on the season with this victory and lowered his ERA to 4.20 so far. He is batting.318 against right-handers but has a higher on-base percentage against righties:.387 vs.353 against lefties.

He made another Andrew Moore pitch disappear in the third, this one good for two runs and a 5-0 lead.

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