Chicago (57-51) at Seattle (66-42)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 1, 2003
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The Chicago White Sox are building team chemistry, while the Seattle Mariners are stirring up internal strife.

Yet both will be eager to continue their solid play when they open a weekend series at Safeco Field.

The White Sox have won four straight and 12 of 13, including Thursday’s 8-6, 11-inning victory over Kansas City. The victory pulled the White Sox within one game of the AL Central-leading Royals.

One day after the White Sox hit a season-high six homers in a 15-4 win, they launched three more. Carlos Lee homered twice and drove in three runs, and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer for Chicago.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can hit home runs,” said Konerko, who hit a grand slam in Wednesday’s victory. “I don’t think that they’re going up there trying to hit home runs, but we do have a lot of guys with a history of being able to do that.”

The Mariners have won three straight and five of seven, including Thursday’s 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Right-hander Joel Pineiro won his eighth consecutive decision.

But after the game, many Mariners were disgusted with team management, which failed to make a trade by Thursday’s non-waiver deadline.

“It’s very disappointing,” outspoken reliever Jeff Nelson said. “It’s difficult year after year here to watch this team never make moves to better themselves.

“It’s a shame the front office didn’t take that extra step to maybe get further in the playoffs.”

General manager Pat Gillick and manager Bob Melvin said the team tried to make a move but couldn’t find an offer that would make the club significantly better.

“I don’t believe that,” Nelson said. “It’s always the same story every year.”

The Mariners will try to put some breathing room between themselves and hard-charging Oakland. The Athletics also won Thursday so Seattle’s lead atop the AL West remains at four games.

STANDINGS: White Sox - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL Central. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Bartolo Colon (8-9, 4.09 ERA). Colon has won two straight starts after going 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA over his previous seven. The right-hander allowed just one run and eight hits over eight innings during Sunday’s 9-1 win over Tampa Bay. Colon, who struck out eight and walked none, is 4-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 13 career starts against Seattle.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Freddy Garcia (9-10, 5.17 ERA). The subject of trade rumors leading up to Thursday’s deadline, Garcia is 0-4 with a 8.11 ERA over his last six starts. The 27-year-old right-hander was reached for six runs—five earned—and a season-high 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to Texas. Garcia is 5-3 with a 3.55 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .323 avg. and 67 runs; Frank Thomas, 25 HRs; Lee, 73 RBIs and 10 SBs. Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .341 avg. and 27 SBs; Bret Boone, 28 HRs and 87 RBIs; Suzuki and Boone, 78 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 5-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - OF Ordonez went 0-for-5 Wednesday, ending his hitting streak at 10 games. He had eight straight multihit games and had reached base in nine straight plate appearances coming into Thursday’s game. … 1B Thomas, who hit his 400th career homer last Friday, also went 0-for-5 to remain one hit shy of 2,000. … The Sox are hitting an AL-high .321 (165-for-514) since the All-Star break with 35 homers and 106 runs scored. Mariners - Seattle leads the majors with 13 shutouts. … INF Rey Sanchez, who was acquired Tuesday from the New York Mets and will fill in for injured SS Carlos Guillen, played his first game for Seattle on Thursday, going 0-for-2 with a walk. … RHP Rafael Soriano has not allowed a run in his last eight relief appearances, spanning 13 innings. He has allowed just five hits and one walk, while striking out 16.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 24-31 on the road; Mariners - 33-23 at home.

INJURIES: White Sox - None. Mariners - 3B Jeff Cirillo (shoulder), 15-day DL; INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; SS Guillen (pelvis), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL.

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15-13 Record 12-14
3.87 ERA 4.51
173 K 144
67 BB 71
1.20 WHIP 1.33