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Chi White Sox5 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 8100
Seattle0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 161
  W: D. Holland (4-3)   L: C. Heston (0-1)
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Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 36,782

Holland shining for White Sox entering start vs. M's

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Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

  1. The White Sox were swept in a second straight road series after dropping all three at the Angels. Chicago's six-game losing streak on the road is its longest since another six-game slide from September 17-23, 2016.
  2. The Mariners won their fifth straight home series after shutting out the A's in Wednesday's rubber game, 4-0. Seattle's 5-1-0 series record at home is tied for second in the AL behind Baltimore at 6-0-0.
  3. Avisail Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the loss at the Angels on Wednesday. Garcia leads the White Sox with six 3-hit games this season, tying his career-high from 2015.
  4. Nelson Cruz knocked in two runs in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the A's. Cruz now has 11 multi-RBI games on the season, tied with Justin Smoak for the most in the American League.
  5. Dylan Covey is still in search of his first win after posting an 0-3 record through his first six major league starts. Covey is the first White Sox pitcher to go winless in each of his first six MLB starts since Tom Fordham from August 19, 1997 -- August 30, 1998.
  6. Sam Gaviglio will make his first career start on Thursday after throwing two innings in relief in his MLB debut at the Blue Jays on May 11. Gaviglio will be the 10th different starting pitcher used by the Mariners this season, the most of any American League team.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/18/2017 thru 5/21/2017

SEATTLE -- When Derek Holland was weighing his options last winter, a call from Don Cooper helped seal the deal.

"As soon as I started talking to him on the phone, we just clicked," Holland said about his conversation with the longtime Chicago White Sox pitching coach.

Holland, who had spent his entire career with Texas, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Chicago after the Rangers declined his option.

And he has been worth it to the White Sox so far.

The left-hander is 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA, which ranks eighth in the American League. He has made six quality starts in eight appearances.

"I wouldn't really say there's a secret, I'm just going out there and pitching like I always do," Holland said. "I've just been doing everything that Coop says. He has me standing tall and using my legs better."

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Holland has delivered exactly what the team was hoping for.

"He's been very effective, eating up some innings, attacking the strike zone, using his pitches effectively and keeping us in the ballgame," Renteria said. "We're just happy he's back on track to be the guy he was in the past."

Holland went 16-5 for the Rangers in 2011, part of a three-year stretch in which he recorded double-digit victories each season. However, the past three years were marred by injuries to both his shoulder and knee, limiting him to a total of 35 starts.

"I've known him since he first signed with Texas," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He goes right after hitters, and when his secondary pitches are on, he can be really tough.

"He's had some good runs and some not-so-good runs. It looks like he's back."

Holland gives most of the credit for that to Cooper, who seems to be sort of a southpaw whisperer, having tutored the likes of lefties Mark Buehrle, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in his 16 seasons as the White Sox's pitching coach.

"He's got the track record to show it," Holland said.

That's why Holland finds himself on Chicago's South Side this season. A chance to get his career back on track and perhaps earn another big payday.

Said Renteria: "Coop's an excellent pitching coach and ... when guys come here and are left-handed, for whatever reason, they're able to get themselves in a real good position. Give Coop credit and give those guys credit for going out there and applying it."

Holland is 12-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 25 career appearances (21 starts) against Seattle.

The Mariners announced after the Saturday game that they likely would recall right-hander Chris Heston from Triple-A Tacoma to make the Sunday start.

Heston has appeared in one game for the Mariners this season, allowing five runs on seven hits in two innings on April 25 at Detroit. In six starts at Tacoma, he was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA.

"We'll see how far he can go," said Servais, who is prepared to use most of his bullpen with only one regular reliever used Saturday night in a 16-1 blowout loss to the White Sox -- utility infielder Mike Freeman pitched the ninth inning -- and a day off Monday.

"Everybody will probably show up if we need them," Servais said.

Heston went 12-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Giants in 2015. However, he made only four major league appearances, all in relief, for San Francisco in 2016, getting sent to the minors and then missing time due to an oblique injury.

Updated May 21, 2017

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