Seattle at Chicago

W: F. Hernandez (4-0) L: J. Danks (2-1)
HR: SEA - Y. Betancourt (1)   CHW - None

Mariners 9, White Sox 1 wire reports

CHICAGO -- Russell Branyan and Yuniesky Betancourt spoiled their young pitcher in the second game of Tuesday night's doubleheader.

Betancourt drove in five runs, Branyan had a career-high five hits and the Seattle Mariners salvaged a split by beating the Chicago White Sox 9-1 behind 23-year-old Felix Hernandez.

  Game 1: White Sox 2, Mariners 1

The right-hander coasted through eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, a walk and striking out nine. Hernandez (4-0) has gone consecutive starts without allowing a run.

"They gave me four runs in the second inning and I said, `That's enough. No more runs,"' a smiling Hernandez said.

In his last start against Tampa Bay he pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win. He extended his streak to 19 scoreless innings against the White Sox.

Betancourt matched a career high with four hits, including a three-run homer. Branyan finished 5-for-5 for the Mariners, who compiled a season-high 19 hits.

"I've never been given a shot to really play this game on an every day basis," Branyan said. "What is happening this year is a first go around for me."

Chicago starter John Danks (2-1) yielded five runs and eight hits in four innings.

"Obviously I didn't expect to go four and give up five runs," Danks said. "I felt I had plenty of stuff to give us chance to win and I knew I was up against Felix and he is one of the best in the game right now. Anytime you give up five runs you can pretty much pack it in. He's that good and I put us in a hole I couldn't get out of and I take full blame for that."

With one out in the second, Danks allowed consecutive singles before Betancourt homered on a 2-2 pitch, his first of the season.

Betancourt added RBI singles in the fourth and seventh. Branyan had an RBI single in eighth.

Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with a single and scored on Mike Sweeney's single. Suzuki was 1 for 10 on the day.


Ken Griffey Jr. returned to Chicago after playing 41 games for the White Sox last season and had a double in the opener. ... DH Jim Thome (heel) didn't play in either game. Guillen hopes to have him back when the White Sox open a three-game series in Texas on Friday. ... 2B Chris Getz (broken middle finger on his right hand) took some batting practice before the game and said it went fine. Getz said the swelling had gone down and he hopes to play Wednesday. He has missed four consecutive games. ... Mariners C Kenji Johjima, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, could return May 1 when he's eligible.

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Players of the Game

F. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 9

Y. Betancourt
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

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Roy Corcoran 1211100 7.27
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Wilson Betemit, 1B3000020 .250
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Attendance - 25042
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 39
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn