Derek Holland makes a flashy behind-the-back stop, then throws his glove to Jose Abreu at first to get the out
"Just location, you know? Something you can drive," Cruz said, of what he was looking for with a 3-0 count. "It's not every time you're going to get it, but definitely looking for something you can put damage on."
King in the South (Side): Garcia had been in a prolonged 1-for-31 slump entering his first career All-Star appearance, in part due to a sore left knee and sprained right middle finger that nagged him. He has come back strong in the second half, and led off the second inning on Sunday with a solo shot driven 422 feet, according to Statcast-, to right-center field to open up the scoring against Moore.
It was Garcia's first homer this month, and first at home since May 13 against San Diego. Of the first 10 earned runs Moore had allowed in his career, six have come on solo homers. It was the first of two homers for Garcia, his sixth career multi-homer game and first since May 20, coincidentally at Seattle.
I think that the All-Star break might have given him a little charge, make him feel a little better," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We're glad his knee is feeling good and his hand is feeling good, that he's continuing to put together some obviously very good at-bats." "I'm getting faster, yeah. That one hurt a little bit after I touch third base. Yesterday was before [third]. So it's getting better" -- Cruz, joking about his slow trot around the bases
"I've never done that, actually. When I caught it, I felt like it was heavier than normal when you catch a ball, so that's where I was freaking out a little bit, what to do. I just ran over and gave him my glove." -- Holland, on getting the ball stuck in his glove on a comebacker in the fourth inning
Sunday was the first extra-inning game at Guaranteed Rate Field for the White Sox this season and first for Chicago since a 2-1 win on May 19, coincidentally against Seattle.
As for the Mariners' last sweep over the Sox, you'd have to go back a little further. The club's last sweep of three-plus games at Guaranteed Rate Field came in 2003, just two years after Servais retired from the sport.
"You obviously want to win series and sweeps are definitely a bonus," Valencia said. "It's crunch time for us. These next couple weeks will be very telling to see 8230; the direction the club decides to go in."
Mariners: The Mariners will continue their road trip on Monday, taking on the Astros for a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Left-hander Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.15 ERA) will get the ball for the series opener at 5:10 PT, looking to rebound from a July 5 outing in which he gave up six runs in five innings to the Royals.
White Sox: The White Sox will have Monday off before hosting the Dodgers for a two-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field. Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15 ERA) will make his first start Tuesday since coming off the 10-day disabled list after dealing with A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.
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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Mariners on Sunday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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