Dylan Covey tosses gem as White Sox beat Mariners 5-0

SEATTLE (AP) The past month on the mound for Chicago's Dylan Covey was mostly forgettable. Lots of hits. Lots of runs allowed. Very little success.

All of which made his performance on Saturday night stunning, allowing two hits in 8 1/3 innings in the White Sox's 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

In his five starts before the All-Star break, Covey was battered. He was 0-4 with an 11.70 ERA and six home runs allowed. Yet he baffled the Mariners, picking up his first win since June 13 against Cleveland.

''Definitely just mixing up speed. The curveball was probably the best it's been the past two years or so and it was just another pitch to get them off my fastball,'' Covey said. ''The last couple of outings I haven't been mixing up speeds enough and they've been getting to me the second time through.''

There was no getting to Covey in this outing. Covey took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Dee Gordon singled with one out. He retired the next nine batters until Jean Segura's one-out single in the ninth ended his night.

Covey (4-5) was lifted after throwing 105 pitches. He had never pitched beyond the seventh inning in a major league start and in his past three road starts, Covey had allowed 18 earned runs and opponents were hitting .380.

''After the second inning ended, the third and fourth, I started to pick up some steam and started to pour in some strikes,'' Covey said. ''It really worked out for me.''

He struck out five and got help from solid defense on the infield with 12 ground-ball outs. Shortstop Tim Anderson made a pair of difficult plays to get Gordon and Ben Gamel in the early innings and Yolmer Sanchez robbed Nelson Cruz of a hit in the seventh with a backhanded stop.

Leury Garcia added one more defensive gem to keep the shutout intact, robbing Mitch Haniger of a two-run homer for the second out of the ninth inning with a leaping catch at the wall in left field.

Avisail Garcia provided the big blow with his 10th home run of the season off Seattle starter Felix Hernandez. Chicago got four runs in the fourth inning after Hernandez was dominant the first time through the lineup.

Hernandez (8-8) recorded six straight outs via strikeout in the second and third innings, the only hiccup a walk to Omar Narvaez. But it all fell apart in the fourth. Sanchez opened the inning with a sharp single, Jose Abreu was hit by a curveball that didn't break and with one out Garcia hit a changeup out to deep center field.

''I was looking for something slow because that is how he struck me out the first time,'' Garcia said.

FELIX'S RETURN

Hernandez was activated off the disabled list to make the start after suffering lower back stiffness. He lasted just five innings for the fourth time in his last five starts. Hernandez was limited to about 90 pitches, having not thrown since July 6.

Despite the big inning, Seattle manager Scott Servais thought the outing was an overall improvement for Hernandez.

''Definitely a step forward. I thought his stuff was much crisper, looked much better than it had the last two or three starts. (I'm) encouraged by that,'' Servais said.

MAKING MOVES

White Sox: Garcia was activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to clear the roster spot. Garcia had been on the DL since July 10 with a strained right hamstring. Saturday's game was just his 36th this season after missing nearly two months earlier in the season with a hamstring injury.

Mariners: Outfielder John Andreoli was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to clear the roster spot for Hernandez. Andreoli was with the club for only one day after being called up on Friday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez (4-7) will make his 20th start of the season, trying to rebound from two poor outings before the All-Star break. Lopez is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in his past two starts.

Mariners: Lefty Marco Gonzales (10-5) looks to build on his impressive first-half performance. Gonzales has won his last three starts, including a 3-0 win over the Angels in his last outing on July 11.

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  • W: D. Covey (4-5)L: F. Hernandez (8-8)
  • HR: CHW - A. Garcia (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B50000021.234.309.419.728-1.0
Y. Sanchez 3B41200000.262.311.407.7183.0
J. Abreu 1B11000100.250.312.435.7474.0
D. Palka DH40000025.230.275.460.735-1.0
A. Garcia RF41131031.281.296.555.8516.5
O. Narvaez C32200100.294.365.425.7906.0
L. Garcia CF-LF40100012.288.320.403.7230.5
N. Delmonico LF40100020.218.322.298.6201.0
A. Engel PR-CF00000000.215.269.299.5680.0
T. Anderson SS30010010.241.295.406.7010.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B40100010.290.308.352.6600.5
    J. Segura SS40100001.322.351.456.8080.0
    M. Haniger RF20000202.271.361.484.8462.0
    N. Cruz DH40000013.264.358.529.887-0.5
    K. Seager 3B30000011.232.282.422.704-0.5
    D. Span LF30000000.268.353.428.7810.0
    B. Gamel CF30000000.282.351.383.7340.0
    D. Vogelbach 1B30000020.200.333.323.656-1.0
    D. Freitas C20000000.192.267.282.5490.0
    a- C. Herrmann PH-C10000010.216.341.405.746-0.5
    • a-struck out for Freitas in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - O. Narvaez (11), N. Delmonico (5)
    • HR - A. Garcia (10)
    • SF - T. Anderson (2)
    • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (20), T. Anderson (40)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Segura (8)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Sanchez (11)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Gamel (3)
    • E - B. Gamel (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Covey (W, 4-5)8.12002504.951.4932.5
    J. Soria0.20000102.701.150.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Covey (W, 4-5)8.1
    J. Soria0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-8)5.05432715.141.373.5
    C. Bradford1.00000102.651.043.5
    J. Pazos1.00000202.451.034.0
    N. Vincent1.00000104.131.313.5
    R. Elias1.02110002.661.130.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-8)5.0
    C. Bradford1.0
    J. Pazos1.0
    N. Vincent1.0
    R. Elias1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 105-66, J. Soria 6-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 13-7
    • Batters Faced - D. Covey 29, J. Soria 2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - F. Hernandez (10), N. Vincent (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 80-53, C. Bradford 9-8, J. Pazos 12-9, N. Vincent 12-9, R. Elias 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 4-3, C. Bradford 2-0, J. Pazos 1-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 22, C. Bradford 3, J. Pazos 3, N. Vincent 4, R. Elias 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B50000021.234.309.419.728-1.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B41200000.262.311.407.7183.0
    J. Abreu 1B11000100.250.312.435.7474.0
    D. Palka DH40000025.230.275.460.735-1.0
    A. Garcia RF41131031.281.296.555.8516.5
    O. Narvaez C32200100.294.365.425.7906.0
    L. Garcia CF-LF40100012.288.320.403.7230.5
    N. Delmonico LF40100020.218.322.298.6201.0
    A. Engel PR-CF00000000.215.269.299.5680.0
    T. Anderson SS30010010.241.295.406.7010.5
    Total3257412119-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Gordon 2B40100010.290.308.352.6600.5
      J. Segura SS40100001.322.351.456.8080.0
      M. Haniger RF20000202.271.361.484.8462.0
      N. Cruz DH40000013.264.358.529.887-0.5
      K. Seager 3B30000011.232.282.422.704-0.5
      D. Span LF30000000.268.353.428.7810.0
      B. Gamel CF30000000.282.351.383.7340.0
      D. Vogelbach 1B30000020.200.333.323.656-1.0
      D. Freitas C20000000.192.267.282.5490.0
      a- C. Herrmann PH-C10000010.216.341.405.746-0.5
      Total290200267-----
      • a-struck out for Freitas in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Narvaez (11), N. Delmonico (5)
      • HR - A. Garcia (10)
      • SF - T. Anderson (2)
      • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (20), T. Anderson (40)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Segura (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Sanchez (11)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gamel (3)
      • E - B. Gamel (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Covey (W, 4-5)8.12002504.951.4932.5
      J. Soria0.20000102.701.150.5
      Total9.0200260---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Covey (W, 4-5)8.1
      J. Soria0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-8)5.05432715.141.373.5
      C. Bradford1.00000102.651.043.5
      J. Pazos1.00000202.451.034.0
      N. Vincent1.00000104.131.313.5
      R. Elias1.02110002.661.130.0
      Total9.07542111---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-8)5.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      J. Pazos1.0
      N. Vincent1.0
      R. Elias1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Covey 105-66, J. Soria 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Covey 13-7
      • Batters Faced - D. Covey 29, J. Soria 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Hernandez (10), N. Vincent (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 80-53, C. Bradford 9-8, J. Pazos 12-9, N. Vincent 12-9, R. Elias 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 4-3, C. Bradford 2-0, J. Pazos 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 22, C. Bradford 3, J. Pazos 3, N. Vincent 4, R. Elias 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Anderson hit sacrifice fly to right, Narvaez scored, Engel to third50
      • 4TH INNING
        Garcia singled to center, Narvaez scored, Garcia out at second on center fielder Gamel fielding error40
        Garcia homered to center, Sanchez and Abreu scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roenis Elias relieved Nick Vincent
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Narvaez singled to center
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia lined out to left
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Delmonico doubled to deep center, Narvaez to third
        • Adam Engel ran for Nicky Delmonico
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson hit sacrifice fly to right, Narvaez scored, Engel to third
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon flied out to left
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura singled to center
        • Joakim Soria relieved Dylan Covey
        • M. Haniger: Haniger flied out to deep left
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Segura to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Vincent relieved James Pazos
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez popped out to third
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Abreu hit by pitch
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Palka flied out to center
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • Chris Herrmann hit for David Freitas
        • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Herrmann struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • James Pazos relieved Chasen Bradford
        • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cruz grounded out to third
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager flied out to left
        • D. Span: Span lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Chasen Bradford relieved Felix Hernandez
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • D. Freitas: Freitas grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
        • J. Segura: Segura fouled out to first
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Haniger grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Abreu walked, Sanchez to second
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • D. Span: Foul, Span lined out to shortstop
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu hit by pitch, Sanchez to second
        • D. Palka: Palka lined out to second
        • A. Garcia: Garcia homered to center, Sanchez and Abreu scored
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez doubled to left center
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia singled to center, Narvaez scored, Garcia out at second on center fielder Gamel fielding error
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura safe at first on 3rd baseman Sanchez fielding error, Segura to second
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haniger walked
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Segura caught stealing, catcher to third, Cruz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Haniger out at second
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
        • D. Freitas: Ball, Ball, Freitas grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager fouled out to third
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Span grounded out to second
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to first
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)