Still, he had another big game against his former team, going 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 9-2 victory Friday night.
Cameron reached base in all five at bats, drawing two walks. Last May 2, he became the 13th player to hit four homers in a game.
“This is a place I always hit well,” Cameron said. “I just see the ball real well. That’s one of the key things.”
Cameron started his major league career with the White Sox in 1995 and was traded to Cincinnati in 1999 in a deal that brought first basemen Paul Konerko to Chicago. After one season with the Reds, Cameron was traded to Seattle as part of the deal for Griffey.
“Certain parks are that way, you just feel really good in some of them,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “Obviously, this is one of them for him.”
Seattle starter Ryan Franklin (2-2) gave up a leadoff single to D’Angelo Jimenez, then didn’t allow another hit until the sixth inning. He retired 11 straight batters at one point and gave up just five hits in eight innings.
Esteban Loaiza (5-1) lost for the first time in seven starts since Tampa Bay beat him last Sept. 20, allowing five runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. He forced in a pair of runs with bases-loaded walks.
“My cutter, my changeups were right down the middle of the plate. They weren’t breaking,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”
Loaiza, who won his first five starts, has a history of fast starts followed by dismal Mays.
“It’s behind me. That’s just one outing,” he said.
Chicago has lost eight of its last 12 games and dropped to 15-14.
“You know there’s going to be a night where he doesn’t have everything working, and this was one of those nights,” White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.
Seattle went ahead in the first on a bases-loaded walk to Cameron and Randy Winn’s RBI single.
Magglio Ordonez hit into a run-scoring double-play grounder in the bottom half, but the Mariners made it 5-1 in the fourth on Winn’s sacrifice fly, Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring single and a bases-loaded walk to Ben Davis.
Jimenez, who entered in an 0-for-17 slide, had three hits. … Boone, Seattle’s second baseman, made his first error of the season in the firstinning. … The loss dropped Loaiza’s career record to 74-74.