CHICAGO — Nelson Cruz’s balky proper knee appeared simply effective whereas he jogged across the bases.
Cruz and Kyle Seager homered, and the sloppy Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox four-three on Saturday night time for his or her third straight victory.
Seattle dedicated three errors, and Felix Hernandez (5-three) plunked Jose Abreu twice and threw a wild pitch. However Cruz’s two-run drive off Anthony Swarzak (four-three) — simply the second homer allowed by the reliever this season — made it four-three Mariners within the sixth, and their bullpen shut down the lowly White Sox the remainder of the best way.
“We’ve been getting good pitching,” Cruz stated, “so undoubtedly if you get good pitching, you don’t have to attain that many runs, like we’ve been doing the final couple days. Undoubtedly the distinction is the pitching.”
Cruz has been enjoying by way of a knee damage, however the designated hitter is batting .355 (eleven for 31) with 4 homers and thirteen RBIs in 10 video games in July.
“I’m operating higher … I feel I began feeling it just a little bit getting to 3rd base,” he stated. “However operating across the bases was good till I obtained to 3rd base.”
Steve Cishek, Tony Zych and Nick Vincent every pitched a scoreless inning earlier than Edwin Diaz completed for his fifteenth save in 18 possibilities. The proper-hander struck out Abreu with runners on first and second for the ultimate out.
“Operating 4 guys in a row on the market, it’s actually arduous to have all 4 on prime of their recreation,” supervisor Scott Servais stated. “However we would have liked it tonight they usually did it.”
Melky Cabrera had 4 hits and two RBIs for final-place Chicago, together with his fourth profession leadoff homer. He additionally threw out Jean Segura making an attempt to take second on his leadoff single within the first.
However the White Sox went 1 for thirteen with runners in scoring place and stranded 9 runners of their sixth loss in seven video games. They loaded the bases with no outs within the third and fifth and solely got here away with one run on Todd Frazier’s double-play grounder.
“We put them on the ropes a pair occasions and weren’t capable of capitalize for positive,” supervisor Rick Renteria stated.
Robinson Cano reached on a leadoff stroll towards Dan Jennings earlier than Cruz greeted Swarzak with a drive to middle for his 18th homer.
The sport took a wild flip within the backside half when Renteria was ejected for arguing with second base umpire Tom Hallion that Tim Anderson ought to have been awarded third on an errant pickoff try by Cishek. Renteria and Hallion had an animated dialogue…