Mariners 9, White Sox 2
After pitching brilliantly in a 1-0 one-hit loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night, Garcia struggled in his return to Safeco Field, giving up a season-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings in Chicago’s 9-2 loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
Garcia, who ranks third on Seattle’s all-time wins list behind only Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson, dropped to 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA against the Mariners this year. He made his first start in his old ballpark since being traded on June 27 last year.
“It was a nice day today, but not for me,” Garcia said. “They hit it all over the place. I don’t have any excuse.”
Garcia (11-7) made his shortest outing of the season, lasting only one out into the fifth. The Mariners chased him with three runs in the inning to take an 8-2 lead.
“I played hard; maybe too hard,” he said. “But that’s the game. You have to take it like a man.”
Garcia pitched a one-hitter against Minnesota on Tuesday night, but lost 1-0 on Jacque Jones’ homer in the eighth.
Against Seattle, Garcia gave up 11 hits, walked two and threw two wild pitches while striking out four. It was his shortest start since he lasted 4 1-3 innings for the White Sox against Detroit on Aug. 17, 2004.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen talked to Garcia when he took him out of the game.
“He told me he feels pretty good,” Guillen said. “I said, ‘Thank God. If you feel bad, I don’t know what we’re going to get.”’
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove was more specific about Garcia’s problems.
“Freddy had poor location of his pitches,” Hargrove said. “We didn’t see Freddy Garcia at his best today.”
Moyer (11-5) improved his record at home to 8-0 this season and reserve Dave Hansen came off the bench for Richie Sexson to hit a home run as the Mariners avoided getting swept at home by the AL Central leaders for the first time since July 30-Aug. 1, 1993.
Moyer hasn’t lost in Seattle since Oct. 2, 2004.
The 42-year-old lefty took a hard tumble in the opening inning when he was late covering first on Pablo Ozuna’s bunt. Sexson shuffled the ball to Moyer, who fell when Ozuna tripped him during a head-first slide.
Moyer wasn’t hurt on the play.
“I was fine,” he said. “It was just a matter of catching my breath. I didn’t want to step on him. I was just trying to avoid an injury on his behalf and my behalf.”
Moyer, who is making $8 million this season, wants to continue his career after this year and he’s strengthening his bargaining position with the Mariners. He will be a free agent after the World Series.
“I still don’t feel like I’m real sharp,” said Moyer, who has a 2.74 ERA in 13 starts at home this season. “But you’re not going to be sharp every game.”
Moyer went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. After leading the majors in homers allowed last season with 44, Moyer has given up 16 this season.
The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the first on Willie Bloomquist’s RBI single and a wild pitch by Garcia that scored Bloomquist from third.
In the second, Seattle made it 5-1 on Yorvit Torrealba’s RBI double and run-scoring singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Hansen, who came in for Sexson in the second after Sexson complained of blurred vision in his right eye.
In the fifth, Hansen led off with a 417-foot homer to right for his second homer of the season, Jeremy Reed had an RBI single and Suzuki had a fielder’s choice RBI. Mike Morse singled in a run for the Mariners in the sixth.
Sexson struck out swinging in the first for his 139th strikeout of the season, tops in the majors. He leads the Mariners with 32 homers and 95 RBIs. Sexson said he woke with blurred vision on Sunday morning. “You need your eyes, both of them,” he said. “You don’t see any one-eyed hitters in the league.” … Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre came out in the fifth with a bruised right knee. … Rowand had an infield single in the first in addition to his triple in the fourth. He came into the game 0-for-14 and in a 3-for-37 slump. … Bloomquist stole his career-high 14th base of the season. His previous high was 13 in 2004.