Chicago at Seattle

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Chi. White Sox (72-74)000000010191
Seattle (75-71) «21010000x480

Mariners 4, White Sox 1

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners need a consistent No. 2 starter behind ace Felix Hernandez. So far, it looks like Ryan Rowland-Smith might be up for the role.

The Australian left-hander pitched eight innings to lead the Mariners to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Rowland-Smith allowed nine hits and struck out two, punctuating his outing with an escape of a seventh-inning jam. The White Sox had runners on first and third with one out, but the bottom of the order failed to deliver as Rowland-Smith (4-3) retired Alex Rios and Jayson Nix.

  Playoff Race

After the game, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu paid Rowland-Smith some high praise.

"He looked so polished tonight. I'm awfully proud of him," Wakamatsu said. "This is his eighth quality start since he's been back. He's learning a knack to get deeper and deeper into ballgames. I'm awfully excited about him now and in the future."

Rowland-Smith threw 116 pitches, but it didn't take much for him to convince Wakamatsu to let him go out for the eighth inning, given the struggles in the Mariners bullpen.

"Tonight was good because I felt like I got stronger as the game went on," said Rowland-Smith, whose ERA fall to 3.59. "I was making better pitches. The quality of the pitches was better."

Closer David Aardsma, who last pitched on Sept. 2, worked the ninth for his 35th save.

The White Sox have little margin for error in the AL Central with 16 games to play, falling 6½ games behind first-place Detroit.

Ichiro Suzuki hit the first pitch of the game from Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (11-11) into the gap in left-center for a double. He scored on Jose Lopez's double, one of three the Mariners hit in the first two innings. Seattle made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly from Ryan Langerhans in the second.

Floyd's early struggles were attributed to a sore left hip, which led manager Ozzie Guillen to pull the right-hander after just three innings and 42 pitches in his shortest outing of the year. Guillen noted Floyd would probably miss his next turn in the rotation.

"Hopefully we can skip him one time and give him a little more rest," Guillen said. "And hopefully he will get better for whatever we got left."

Three batters into the fourth inning, D.J. Carrasco gave up a solo homer to Seattle rookie Mike Carp, the first of his career.

When the game ended, Carp was given a beer shower and had an ice cream pie shoved in his face by a couple of the veterans. A Mariners official was able to track down the ball, and it was handed to him by a smiling Ken Griffey Jr. When Carp looked at the ball, he saw the butchered handwriting that read: "Congradulashun Mike Karp."

Griffey then tossed Carp the real ball and later autographed it for him.

"I grew up as a kid wanting to hit a home run in a big league ballpark," Carp said. "Finally got it out of the way."

The White Sox, who are near the bottom of the American League in team hitting with a .260 average, scored in the eighth on Gordon Beckham's one-out homer to left.

Notes

Mariners SS Jack Wilson said after the game it would be a "10 to 15" day situation with his bruised right heel. ... Mariners utilityman Bill Hall was not in the lineup one day after experiencing cramps in his right quad. ... The Mariners said they will monitor RHP Ian Snell to see if he makes his next start as he recovers from a jammed wrist.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Rowland-Smith
IP 8.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4000002 .303
Gordon Beckham, 3B4111000 .274
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010000 .314
Paul Konerko, 1B4000001 .282
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010101 .280
Jermaine Dye, RF4020000 .252
Carlos Quentin, DH4010012 .231
Alex Rios, CF3020001 .244
Jayson Nix, 2B3010023 .236
Totals3319113  
Batting
HR - Gordon Beckham (12, Rowland-Smith)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (54)
CS - Alex Rios (4, 2nd base by Rowland-Smith/Johjima)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (6)
E - Gordon Beckham (13, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (L,11-11) 3433110 4.06
D.J. Carrasco 3311131 3.66
Scott Linebrink 1100000 4.15
Jhonny Nunez 0.2000000 2.45
Randy Williams 0.1000000 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 42-28, D.J. Carrasco 47-28, Scott Linebrink 14-7, Jhonny Nunez 9-5, Randy Williams 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-2, D.J. Carrasco 4-3, Scott Linebrink 1-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 13, D.J. Carrasco 14, Scott Linebrink 4, Jhonny Nunez 2, Randy Williams 1
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3110110 .354
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4000021 .277
Jose Lopez, 2B4121001 .269
Ken Griffey Jr., DH3000103 .217
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011002 .263
Kenji Johjima, C4120000 .255
Mike Carp, 1B4111002 .278
Ryan Langerhans, LF2011001 .212
Josh Wilson, SS3000012 .210
Totals3148424  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (30, Floyd), Jose Lopez (37, Floyd), Kenji Johjima (9, Floyd)
HR - Mike Carp (1, Carrasco)
SF - Ryan Langerhans (3)
RBI - Jose Lopez (88), Adrian Beltre (38), Mike Carp (3), Ryan Langerhans (10)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (10), Mike Carp (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Wilson-J. Lopez-Carp
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Rowland-Smith (W,4-3) 8911121 3.59
David Aardsma (S,35) 1000010 2.09
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 116-81, David Aardsma 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 9-10, David Aardsma 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 31, David Aardsma 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16596
Game Time - 2:11
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Marvin Hudson