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CWS@SEA: Wedge talks about shutout loss to White Sox

SEATTLE -- Michael Pineda pitched well against Chicago, giving up two runs on just three hits. The righty said he felt "pretty strong" and manager Eric Wedge added that his righty was "really good."

The only problem for Seattle was that White Sox lefty John Danks was just a little bit better.

Danks had his stuff going all night, tossing a three-hit shutout to lead the White Sox to a 3-0 win over Seattle in front of 30,522 at Safeco Field.

"Well, you know what, he was good. He was real good today," Wedge said of Danks. "I saw him a lot when I was in Cleveland, and it was as good as I've seen him. He had good tempo going, he had good stuff and spotted his fastball as good as any left-handed starting pitcher we've seen."

The Chicago lefty, who improved to 6-9 after starting the season 0-8, had the Mariners' bats missing all night. He retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced, allowing a runner past first base just twice -- and was essentially unhittable.

"I felt early, their plan was to get on the fastball," said Danks, who threw his second career shutout. "Sitting fastball the first couple pitches, I was able to mix it up a little bit and get ahead in the count that way."

But Pineda looked just as good in the first three innings, striking out the side in the second and retiring nine straight to start the game.

"Well, the way Pineda was throwing, the first thing that goes through my mind is, we have to put the runners in motion," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's what we did early in the game, because this kid can strike out anybody at any time. As soon as we got people on base, we started making some things happen. It worked out. A couple of hits and runs worked out pretty well."

The White Sox did their damage in the fourth. Pineda allowed a leadoff bunt single to speedy Juan Pierre, who moved to third on an Alejandro De Aza single. One batter later, Paul Konerko's RBI single gave Chicago its first lead. Alexei Ramirez then lifted a sac fly to center to give the White Sox a 2-0 advantage.

De Aza added a homer off reliever Chance Ruffin in the eighth, and that was more than enough for the White Sox, thanks to a Mariners offense that just could not figure out Danks.

During Friday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox, the Mariners put the ball in play and racked up 10 hits, but couldn't drive in runs when it mattered most.

On Saturday, they not only failed to get big hits, but they just didn't get any hits, period. After scoring 29 runs during four games in Cleveland earlier this week, the Mariners put just four runners on base on Saturday.

Danks, who is 6-0 with a 0.80 ERA in his last seven starts against Seattle, struck out 10 in Saturday's near-flawless performance.

"You can see why he's having so much success," said third baseman Kyle Seager, who extended his hitting streak to eight games. "He's a tough guy to pick up. He's got good stuff and he locates it pretty well. He threw the ball really well tonight."

The Mariners have been slowing Pineda's workload as the season nears September, moving to a six-man starting rotation. The 22-year-old, pitching on five days' rest, threw 101 pitches, going six innings while giving up two runs on three hits and striking out eight, in one of his better outings of the season. He fell to 9-8 on the year, and has not won since July 30.

Despite the loss, Wedge came away impressed with his rookie's performance.

"He was really good," the first-year skipper said. "Live arm, command of the ball and threw some real good breaking balls. He, too, did a good job throwing the ball where he wanted to. He threw a good ballgame for us, and he is staying strong as we head to the end of August and into September. Everything is working real well for him."

Though he knows the team wants him ease into the season's end, Pineda wants to finish with a bang.

"I know it's a long season, but you know, I'm working hard every day to get strong," the rookie said. "I feel strong in the last month, and I want to finish the season strong."

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