SEATTLE (AP) Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Zunino moved into a tie for the major league lead in home runs by a catcher with his 18th of the season. Zunino's opposite-field drive to right off Jose Quintana in the fifth gave Seattle a 3-1 lead and came after Chicago third basemanConor Gillaspie dropped a popup from Logan Morrison.Kendrys Morales added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Iwakuma (10-6) became the third Seattle pitcher with double-digit victories this season. The Japanese right-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out three and walked none.
Iwakuma improved to 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA in his last eight starts. He has pitched at least seven innings in his last seven outings.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 opportunities as Seattle remained a half-game behind Kansas City for the second wild card in the American League.
Dayan Viciedo continued his success against Seattle with an opposite-field solo homer on the first pitch he saw from Iwakuma in the fourth, but that accounted for all of Chicago's offense. The White Sox have lost four straight and six of seven.
Quintana (6-8) retired 12 of his first 14 batters before falling apart in the fifth when Seattle sent nine batters to the plate. Chris Denorfia walked on four pitches to start the inning, followed by Gillaspie's error. Quintana fell behind Zunino 2-0 and left a fastball elevated on the outer half of the plate.
Quintana followed by giving up singles to Chris Taylor and Austin Jackson, and an intentional walk to Robinson Cano loaded the bases. Morales' fly ball was deep enough for Taylor to score.