In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (61-66) and the Seattle Mariners (68-60) at U.S. Cellular Field, Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84 ERA) and Ariel Miranda (1-0, 5.49 ERA) get the start.
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon pitched into the seventh inning, Justin Morneau had a two-run single and Melky Cabrera drove in a run and scored twice to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Dariel, now 5, traveled to the USA for the first time earlier this month. They were reunited in Miami, and Dariel will be with his dad for another week or so before returning to Cuba.
"We know he's happier".
The White Sox are fortunate to only be missing one of their more trusted players on both sides of the ball for just a short period of time. "You want to come out on top in a game like that, no doubt". "(There's) more I can do", Quintana said Friday. "He talks a lot about his family". "I think he's handled what we've thrown at him very well".
Sale didn't walk a batter, but Felix Hernandez went 7 1/3 while allowing only one run in Friday's pitchers duel.
After a hot August start that got them into playoff contention, the Mariners have lost four of five.
SEATTLE: Walker allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss last Tuesday to the Yankees. "I couldn't command my fastball to get ahead in the count. He wasn't locating it great", manager Scott Servais said.
Quintana allowed a leadoff double to Leonys Martin in the first, and he scored an unearned run thanks to Avila's passed ball. He is batting.366 (26-for-71) over his last 19 games...shortstop Ketel Marte went a long way to run down a pop near the left-field foul line by Tyler Saladino for the first out in the fifth inning... Rodon took a shutout into the sixth, when Robinson Cano hit a solo shot to right on a 93 miles per hour fastball for Rodon's first homer allowed in August.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run.
Chicago added a two runs in the eighth on an RBI triple by Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Abreu to ensure Rodon's win. He relies upon a fastball and slider and hopes to emulate the success of right-hander Edwin Diaz, who also made the leap from Double-A to the majors. That would've been the highlight of the inning had Garcia and Avila not gone back-to-back to stretch the White Sox' lead to 7-1. "But a debut like that, it was tough to hold back with my family in the stands going insane".
Miranda said he faced Abreu four or five times before. He's eligible to come off the disabled list.
Abreu homered in his first at-bat against the Seattle Mariners left-hander, and Chicago's rout was on. Quintana struck him out on the next pitch.
Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte, a reliever acquired from Toronto this month, joined Seattle with his special glove after a stint in Triple-A.
"I guess it looks good on paper", Sale said in a quiet locker room after the game. "So I would imagine that's how I'll be used here".
Also arriving in a flurry of moves were INF Dae-Ho Lee from Tacoma and reliever Dan Altavilla, who was wide-eyed after getting called up from Double-A Jackson. Called up from Class AA before the game, Altavilla retired Melky Cabrera, Abreu and Todd Frazier in order in the eighth, flashing a fastball that touched 100 miles per hour.
"My family in the stands just going insane, it was tough to hold back my emotions there", Altavilla said.