By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners bats made a brief appearance on Sunday.
And then went back into hiding.
One day after the White Sox’s Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against Seattle — the 21st in major league history — the Mariners scored four runs and had seven hits in the first four innings of Sunday’s game against Chicago.
However, the Mariners managed one hit in the final five innings as the the White Sox won 7-4 to complete a sweep of the three-game series and hand Seatle it season-high fourth straight loss.
“I would have liked for our bats to be better toward the end of the game,” manager Eric Wedge said. “I felt like we were better early than we were late.”
White Sox starter John Danks came into the game with a 6-0 record and a 0.80 earned-run average in his last seven starts against the Mariners.
But Sunday was a different story.
The Mariners scored two runs in the third to tie the score at 2-2 before scoring two more runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
“They came out good,” Wedge said of his team. “I felt like, obviously, our bats were a lot better today, but our energy was good, our attitude was good.”
The Mariners took the 4-2 lead into the sixth before the White Sox got to Seattle starter Kevin Millwood.
“We were in a position to win the ballgame, but they got to us in the sixth,” Wedge said.
Adam Dunn led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Paul Konerko. A.J. Pierzynski hit into a fielder’s choice — Dunn was thrown out at the plate — before Alex Rios hit a two-run triple to tie the score at 4-4.
“When I threw it, I thought it was a pretty good pitch,” Millwood said of Rios’ triple. “But I haven’t seen the replay.”
Charlie Furbush replaced Millwood on the mound and the White Sox took a 5-4 lead when Rios scored on a sacrifice fly by Kosuke Fukudome.
“That was a big one there,” Wedge said of Chicago’s three-run sixth. “That’s where we’ve got to come right back and go get them. You give it up like that and you’ve got to come right back and answer and we didn’t do that.”
Millwood pitched 51⁄3 innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs, missing out on a chance to get his first win as a Mariner.
“It came down to the fact that when I needed to make a pitch to get out of an inning, to get out of a jam, I just wasn’t able to do it,” Millwood said.
Outfielder Chone Figgins said after the game that the Mariners are close to putting it together.
“We are just a tick off,” Figgins said. “We get something going and then we kind of shut it down and then we get something going again. We just need to try to find that consistent rhythm for a stretch to get us back on again.
“Guys are putting together good at-bats, we are just not always hitting, not finishing.”
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