Mariners-White Sox Preview
A hot stretch into August had the Chicago White Sox optimistic about the final two months of the season. Entering the final two days of the month, the hope is to stay out of last place in the AL Central.
The White Sox play their final game in August Sunday against the visiting Seattle Mariners, who they've seen plenty in the last two weeks.
Both clubs are seven games behind Texas for the second wild card but trailing five other teams.
Chicago (60-68) lost for the fifth time in seven games, falling 7-6 Saturday after leaving the bases loaded twice. The White Sox went 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
''We get bases loaded a few times, I'd like to get a little more out of it," manager Robin Ventura said.
Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer during a three-run first inning and Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 to lift the Mariners (61-69) to their fourth win in five tries.
The White Sox will turn to one of their few bright spots this season in Jose Quintana to get them out of a miserable month where they've posted an 11-16 record.
Quintana (7-10, 3.63 ERA) has completed at least six innings in seven consecutive starts, halfway to his career-long streak of 12 set from May 13-July 12. He's 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA in his last seven outings, the final three of which he lasted six innings and allowed three earned runs or less.
Quintana did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Boston after tossing six innings and allowing seven hits and four runs - three earned.
The left-hander has 20 starts of at least six innings and three earned runs or less this season, but his record is indicative of his run support average of 3.47, the third lowest in the AL.
Quintana is 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts against the Mariners. He has held Seager, Cano, Nelson Cruz, Mark Trumbo and Austin Jackson to a combined .197 batting average in 66 total at-bats.
Seattle's Edgar Olmos faced the White Sox on Aug. 22, throwing a perfect inning out of the bullpen in a 6-3 loss. It was one of his four scoreless relief outings since his promotion from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 17.
The reward for Olmos (1-0, 0.00) is his first career start Sunday.
Olmos picked up his first win in Tuesday's 6-5 victory over Oakland, tossing 3 2-3 scoreless innings.
The Mariners claimed the 25-year-old left-hander off waivers from Miami in November, but he was released and picked up by Texas in February. The move was rescinded, though, when a shoulder injury in his throwing arm surfaced during the waiver process in spring training, sending Olmos back to Seattle.
"It's amazing. Indescribable," Olmos told MLB's official website. "It's something as a little kid you want to be part of, and I'm living that dream. It's awesome."
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who is hitting .471 with two homers and six RBIs in five games against the White Sox this season, had some tightness in his Achilles tendon and was out of the lineup Saturday after getting hit on the knee by a pitch in the series opener.