SEATTLE -- Avisail Garcia continued his red-hot start to the season with two home runs and a career-best four hits and six RBIs on Saturday as the White Sox rolled to a 16-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Garcia also doubled twice in his 4-for-5 night as the 25-year-old right fielder moved into the American League batting lead with a .357 average. The White Sox racked up their most runs and hits (19) of the season in the one-sided affair and improved to 19-22 with their second straight win.
"He's been having really good at-bats, he's driving the ball," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Garcia. "That was a pretty good poke to center, right-center field. Just in general it opened up the game for us in the first inning a little bit with that homer. That's kind of been Avi all year long, pretty consistent."
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Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings for Seattle and gave up both of Garcia's long balls as he fell to 2-4 with a 5.84 ERA. Dillon Overton threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief before allowing five more runs on six hits in the seventh, including home runs by Matt Davidson and Willy Garcia.
"Not our night," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "Not a good start at all. Fortunately, it only counts for one loss. But from the get-go, as sharp as Gallardo was his last outing, he really couldn't get any rhythm."
The Mariners dropped into last place in the American League West at 20-24 and will see their string of five straight victorious home series snapped as they've lost two of three to the White Sox heading into Sunday's finale.
Mike Pelfrey picked up his first win of the season -- and the first win by a White Sox starter since May 4 -- with six innings of one-run ball. Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) allowed just four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. More >>
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
High flyin': Avisail Garcia's three-run homer in the first capped a four-run frame off Gallardo that wasn't helped any when second baseman Mike Freeman booted a grounder by Melky Cabrera to cost Seattle a possible double play. Instead, the White Sox had runners on first and second and Jose Abreu drove in the first run with a double to left. Avisail Garcia then cleared the bases with his high arching fly to left field, which carried just over the fence at a projected distance of 355 feet, per Statcast™. Avisail Garcia added his second homer with a solo shot in the third.
"The most frustrating thing is I never gave the guys a chance to come back and battle," Gallardo said. "It was just one of those days it seemed like everything put in play was getting through and when I did make a mistake, it went over the fence."
Melk-man delivers: Cabrera capped the White Sox's five-run fourth with a two-run, bases-loaded single to left as the visitors knocked Gallardo out of the game. The 32-year-old left fielder also chipped in defensively with a nice diving catch in the bottom of the fourth to rob Ben Gamel of a hit.
"He's having a great year. One of the more impressive guys we've seen all year. He's on everything. Very aggressive player, he plays hard. Even though they haven't scored a lot of runs coming in, they have a decent offensive team and when they get momentum going - on any team -- it's tough to stop," -- Servais on Avisail Garcia
"I felt very good today; I felt more aggressive at home plate. More confident, too. Every at-bat or every game, I gain more confidence of myself. I think that's why I'm better every day," -- Avisail Garcia, on his improvement as a hitter
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Gallardo had a 1.06 ERA in three prior career starts against the White Sox with just two earned runs in 17 innings, but that number climbed to 4.79 after Saturday's outing.
Avisaíl García became the third White Sox player to have four extra-base hits and six RBIs in a game, joining Robin Ventura (1991) and Pat Seerey (1948).
The 16 runs was the most by the White Sox since they put up 16 at Texas on April 20, 2014.
UTILITY MAN INDEED
Freeman became the sixth Mariners position player to pitch in a game (catcher Jesus Sucre did it twice) when he threw the ninth inning, allowing one run on three hits while unveiling a 75-mph fastball and several curves in the 60-65 mph range . The last Mariners position player used on the mound was infielder Luis Sardinas, who threw a 1-2-3 inning last July 29 against the Cubs in a 12-1 loss. More >>
White Sox: Lefty Derek Holland is having a resurgent start of the season after signing with Chicago on an incentive-laden one-year deal. Holland is 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA, after he posted two straight seasons in Texas with an ERA over 4.00. He'll face the Mariners today at 3:10 p.m. CT.
Mariners: Right-hander Chris Heston will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Sunday's 1:10 p.m. PT series finale with the White Sox. Heston, who threw a no-hitter and won 12 games for the Giants in 2015, is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for Tacoma.
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