The Seattle Mariners had become accustomed to putting up low run totals at Safeco Field before breaking out for a better showing in their last game.
Seattle (59-54) has a 2.42 ERA over the last 15 games but owns a 7-8 record with an inconsistent offense - particularly at home - mostly to blame.
The Mariners claimed a 7-3 victory Wednesday over Atlanta, marking their highest run total in 20 home games. Dustin Ackley, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager were a combined 7 for 12 for a club that had averaged 2.3 runs over its previous 19 home contests. Ackley and Logan Morrison hit home runs, matching Seattle's total from its previous nine home games.
Seattle's .236 home batting average is one of the lowest in the majors, though Ackley is hitting .400 over his last nine at Safeco.
Elias (8-9, 4.19 ERA) has won once in his past six starts, but he's limited opponents to three earned runs over 16 innings with 21 strikeouts in his last three. The rookie left-hander was saddled with a 2-1 defeat at Baltimore on Friday after allowing an earned run in 5 2-3 innings.
It marked the sixth time in seven starts that he was handed two runs or less.
"I didn't have the luck to win," Elias said through an interpreter. "That's just the way the ball bounces. It's just baseball."
Elias struggled in a 7-1 loss at Chicago on July 4, giving up five runs and seven hits in five innings with Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo taking him deep.
The White Sox (55-60) took two of three in that series and have enjoyed a 29-8 edge over the Mariners since the beginning of the 2010 season. However, they've lost four of five overall with relievers allowing 27 runs in 13 1-3 innings.
Center fielder Adam Eaton exited in the second inning of Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Texas with a bruised lower back. He collided with the outfield fence while trying to track down a home run.
X-rays were negative and Eaton, whose .371 on-base percentage is one of the best among leadoff hitters, is considered day to day.
"I've never done that before," said Eaton, who has hit .442 with eight runs scored over his last nine road games. "Little embarrassed, but my back kind of took a beating a little bit there. I'm very happy that it wasn't my head."
White Sox starter Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36) has held his last three road opponents to one run in 17 2-3 innings. However, the rookie right-hander gave up four runs in seven innings while not receiving a decision in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting .381 with 14 RBIs over his last 15 games.
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