Noesi helps White Sox edge Mariners 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Hector Noesi (noh-eh-SEE') pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first win in a month, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Noesi struck out five and walked two in 6 2/3 innings, a crisp performance against one of his former teams. The right-hander pitched for Seattle for parts of three seasons before he was cut in April.
Chicago finished with just two hits after it had four in Saturday's 3-2 loss in 14 innings. But Conor Gillaspie scored on a wild pitch in the first and Noesi combined with two relievers on a five-hitter.
Eric Surkamp got Robinson Cano (kan-OH') to fly out with the bases loaded for the final out of the seventh, and Jake Petricka pitched two innings for his third save in four chances.
Umpire Dana DeMuth leaves Mariners-White Sox game
CHICAGO (AP) — Second base umpire Dana DeMuth left the game between Seattle and Chicago after colliding with White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham in the fifth inning.
Beckham ran into DeMuth when he went to catch a throw from center fielder Adam Eaton after Brad Miller took a wide turn around first after a one-out single for Seattle. DeMuth stayed in for the rest of the Mariners' at-bat, but was not on the field when Chicago batted in the bottom half Sunday.
The game continued with three umpires.
Mariners RHP Hernandez to face Oakland on Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — Seattle ace Felix Hernandez has been pushed back a day to Friday's series opener against AL West-leading Oakland.
Hernandez's next turn was slated for Thursday, but manager Lloyd McClendon says he wants his best pitcher going up against the A's.
Hernandez pitched eight solid innings in Seattle's 3-2 victory against the White Sox on Saturday. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010, is 7-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his past 11 starts.
Richards has 11Ks, Angels top Astros 6-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Richards won his sixth decision in seven starts and had a career-high 11 strikeouts Sunday, leading the surging Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros and completing a four-game sweep that extended Los Angeles' home winning streak to 10 games.
Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) drove in the Angels' first two runs with a bases-loaded single and Kole Calhoun homered, helping them go 15 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2012 season at 89-73. The Halos swept a four-game set at home for the first time since July 2011 and are 21-3 at the "Big A" since May 17 — their best 24-game stretch at home in franchise history.
Richards allowed six hits over 7 1/3 innings, including an RBI single by Carlos Corporan in the seventh.
Collin McHugh gave up three runs — two earned — and four hits through four innings.