SEATTLE (AP) — Chicago’s pitching didn’t pack much punch, and the White Sox paid for it in a lopsided loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Scott Carroll (4-7) gave up three home runs in five-plus innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits in a 13-3 rout on Thursday night.
Carroll also walked three and hit a batter. Four relievers combined to yield six runs, five hits, and four walks.
“We’ve just got to pitch better,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I think Scotty got a couple up, and you know they took care of it. Those homers kind of spiraled into a little bit more.
“Then you walk guys, you put them on, you just put yourself in tough spots. The way it’s been going out there, we haven’t been able to get it done.”
The White Sox offense couldn’t keep pace as Seattle starter Roenis Elias took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Elias (9-9) allowed only one walk before Conor Gillaspie hit a one-out double in the fifth.
The rookie stranded Gillaspie, but left the game after giving up a two-run home run to Dayan Viciedo – his 15th of the season – with two outs in the sixth. Elias allowed a season-low two hits, walked three, and struck out five.
Despite allowing the home run, Elias has a 2.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in four starts since the All-Star break. Elias leads the majors with 23 starts and 134 2-3 innings pitched.
In an effort to limit his innings, the Mariners optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma after the game. Elias is expected to rejoin the team in 10 days in Philadelphia.
Dustin Ackley gave the Mariners an early lead with a solo home run, and Endy Chavez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager added two-run shots.
Ackley had a two-run single and RBI groundout. He has four homers in seven games.
Alexei Ramirez had an RBI single in the eighth for the White Sox, but Seattle relievers Brandon Maurer and Danny Farquhar shut the door.
Mariners: Willie Bloomquist will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday. Bloomquist went on the disabled list on July 24 because of a bruised knee. … OF Michael Saunders, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.
White Sox: Chicago expects to activate RHP Zach Putnam (right shoulder inflammation) from the disabled list on Friday, Ventura said.
Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma looks to continue his success against the White Sox on Friday. He is 0-0 with a 1.71 ERA in five appearances – three starts – in his career against them.
White Sox: Starter Jose Quintana has been a bright spot lately for Chicago, putting together quality starts in seven of nine outings. Quintana will attempt to earn his first career win against Seattle on Friday in his fifth try.
McClendon was ejected in the eighth inning after Kendrys Morales was hit by a pitch from reliever Maikel Cleto. That came after White Sox slugger Jose Abreu was hit twice. Home plate umpire Toby Basner warned both benches after Morales was plunked.
MOVE TO THE MINORS
White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Thursday’s game. A corresponding move will be made Friday. Rienzo allowed three runs – two earned – and got only one out on Thursday. He was hit in the chest by a line drive, but remained in the game.