SEATTLE -- Tim Anderson provided the offensive punch and Derek Holland threw eight innings of one-run ball Sunday as the White Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Mariners in their second straight runaway win at Safeco Field.
The White Sox won the last three games of the four-game series, including a combined 24-2 margin over the final two days, as they improved to 20-22 on the year. Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Holland allowed six hits, including Nelson Cruz's 11th home run of the season in the seventh.
"It's good to get back on the winning side," said Anderson, whose White Sox had lost 10 of 14 prior to their current three-game winning streak. "We learned something with our losses and we kept playing through it and we just kept playing through it and having fun with it."
Chris Heston, called up for his first Major League start since 2015 to help out an injury-ravaged Mariners rotation, lasted just three-plus innings as he yielded seven runs on seven hits and four walks. Seattle (20-25) has lost eight of its last 11 games while being outscored 65-30.
"It was a rough series obviously," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "The starting pitching struggled to get us in the flow of the game here the last couple nights."
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Another fast first: The White Sox jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Saturday's 16-1 blowout and did themselves one better Sunday with a five-run opening frame, thanks to some help from the Mariners. Heston walked the bases loaded with two outs before Yolmer Sanchez drove in a pair with a single to right. Anderson then hit a checked-swing roller to the right of the mound that rookie first baseman Daniel Vogelbach didn't field as he instead went to the bag, allowing Anderson to reach on a run-scoring infield single. Matt Davidson and Kevan Smith followed with RBI singles, including another infield dribbler by Smith, to make it 5-0 before the Mariners came to bat. More >
Pitcher's best friend: Holland benefited handsomely from four double plays turned behind him in the first six innings, the biggest coming when he induced a 6-4-3 twin killing from Mariners catcher Tuffy Gosewisch after Seattle had runners on the corners with one out in the fifth. He also got Guillermo Heredia to hit into two double plays, including a hard-hit line drive to third baseman Todd Frazier in the sixth when Jarrod Dyson was running from first on the pitch.
"You keep your defense on your toes and they're going to make those plays," Holland said. "It takes -- I like to say seven guys because the catcher and I don't count. So it's seven guys to win a game. Those guys are making the plays and doing everything we need to keep us on the field and be successful. Actually, it might be six guys. I forgot about the DH."
"We'll be OK. I know it's hard for the guys in the clubhouse right now to see that. We will eventually get healthy. We just have to continue fighting, clawing. It's adverse times. We knew it was coming, now we have to deal with it." -- Servais, as his team works through a stretch with five starters on the disabled list
White Sox: The White Sox continue their current road trip, opening a three-game series against the D-backs at Arizona's Chase Field on Monday at 3:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has had a season of swings, losing his last four starts after winning his first three decisions of 2017. He will be making his first start against Arizona since 2013.
Mariners: After an off-day Monday, the Mariners open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. PT with right-hander Christian Bergman making his third start. The 29-year-old threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings with just two hits in a 4-0 win over the A's in his last outing.
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