Seattle (63-50) at Chicago (54-61)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 11, 2007
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The Seattle Mariners try for a rare win at U.S. Cellular Field when they continue their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Coming off a three-game sweep at Baltimore in which it scored 31 runs, Seattle (63-50) had another tough night in Chicago on Friday. The Mariners lost to the White Sox 5-3, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

“We just missed some opportunities,” manager John McLaren told the team’s official Web site.

The Mariners have won just four of their last 19 road games against the White Sox.

Despite the loss, the Mariners still have won nine of 13 games and own a percentage point lead over the New York Yankees in the wild-card race. They are also 3 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-4 on Friday after getting three hits in each of his previous three games. Raul Ibanez, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with his 10th homer of the season, and is 10-for-18 (.556) with four home runs and eight RBIs in his last four games.

Seattle starter Miguel Batista (11-8, 4.17 ERA) tries to bounce back from his first loss since the All-Star break and win 12 games in a season for the first time when he takes the ball Saturday.

Batista, who won 11 games in 2001 and 2006 for Arizona, failed to earn his 12th win on Sunday, as he allowed three runs, five hits and five walks in six innings of a 9-2 loss to Boston. The right-hander had gone 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA in his first four starts after the midsummer classic.

In his only start against Chicago this season, Batista allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory on May 2. He improved to 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in eight games - five starts - lifetime against the White Sox.

Darin Erstad is 7-for-10 with a homer and a double lifetime against Batista, but slumping Paul Konerko is just 2-for-11 with a home run in his career against him.

Konerko is in a 2-for-18 rut for Chicago (54-61), which has won 11 of its last 17 games.

Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances. He has retired 38 straight batters, tying David Wells’ AL record set in 1998 with the New York Yankees. It’s the fourth-longest streak in major league history, and he’s three batters away from tying the record Jim Barr set for San Francisco in 1972.

Josh Fields hit two solo homers on Friday, and is 9-for-28 (.321) with three home runs and three doubles in his last seven games.

Jermaine Dye is even hotter over the same span. He hit his 24th home run of the season in the win, and is batting .444 (12-for-27) with five homers, 10 RBIs and 10 runs in his last seven.

Gavin Floyd (1-1, 7.08 ERA) looks to build off his first win of the season when he takes the ball Saturday.

After an impressive outing on Sunday against Detroit, Floyd remains in Chicago’s starting rotation for the troubled Jose Contreras. Floyd allowed seven singles in six scoreless innings, never allowing a runner past second, in a 3-1 victory.

“If he pitches the way he did today he deserves a shot,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He had the proper mental attitude and did what he was supposed to do. He attacked the zone and made the outs when he needed to.”

The 24-year-old right-hander did not have much success in his first two starts of the year, allowing 13 runs in 10 1-3 innings.

This will be his first career start against the Mariners.

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M. Batista COL vs. G. Floyd TOR
16-11 Record 1-5
4.29 ERA 5.27
133 K 49
85 BB 19
1.52 WHIP 1.49


Saturday, Aug 11