CHICAGO (AP) -
spoiled their young pitcher in the second game of Tuesday night's doubleheader.
Betancourt drove in five runs, Branyan had a career-high five hits and the
salvaged a split by beating the
Chicago White Sox
9-1 behind 23-year-old
The right-hander coasted through eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, a walk and striking out nine. Hernandez (4-0)
has gone consecutive starts without allowing a run.
''They gave me four runs in the second inning and I said, 'That's enough. No more runs,''' a smiling Hernandez said.
In his last start against Tampa Bay he pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win. He extended his streak to 19 scoreless innings
In the opener,
pitched seven strong innings and
hit a two-run double to lead Chicago to a 2-1 victory. At 1 hour, 52 minutes, it was the fastest game in the majors this season,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
won despite having as many hits (two) as errors.
''That's a miracle,'' Chicago manager
Betancourt matched a career high with four hits in the second game, including a three-run homer. Branyan finished 5 of 5 for
the Mariners, who compiled a season-high 19 hits.
''I've never been given a shot to really play this game on an every day basis,'' Branyan said. ''What is happening this year
is a first go around for me.''
(2-1) yielded five runs and eight hits in four innings.
''Obviously I didn't expect to go four and give up five runs,'' Danks said. ''I felt I had plenty of stuff to give us chance
to win and I knew I was up against Felix and he is one of the best in the game right now. Anytime you give up five runs you
can pretty much pack it in. He's that good and I put us in a hole I couldn't get out of and I take full blame for that.''
In the opener, Mariners starter
(1-3) was a hard-luck loser in his first career complete game. The
were held to seven hits in the doubleheader.
With one out in the second, Danks allowed consecutive singles before Betancourt homered on a 2-2 pitch, his first of the season.
Betancourt added RBI singles in the fourth and seventh. Branyan had an RBI single in eighth.
opened the game with a single and scored on
's single. Suzuki was 1 for 10 on the day.
Colon (2-1) bounced back after struggling in his previous start at Baltimore. The burly right-hander allowed an unearned run
and four hits, pitching out of a jam in the seventh. He struck out six and walked one.
pitched around third baseman
' error in the ninth for his fourth save. With runners on first and second, he struck out pinch-hitter Sweeney swinging and
on a fly to center.
The game was a makeup of Monday night's rainout.
Jakubauskas, making his third start in place of injured Ryan Rowland-Smith, retired his first 10 batters. He walked Fields
in the fourth, then allowed a single to
. With two outs, Konerko doubled down the left-field line.
''One negative. The ball I left out over the plate to Konerko and he hit it down the line,'' Jakubauskas said. ''It's just
one of those things. I missed my spot and it came back to bite us.''
Notes: Ken Griffey Jr. returned to Chicago after playing 41 games for the
last season and had a double in the opener. ... DH
(heel) didn't play in either game. Guillen hopes to have him back when the
open a three-game series in Texas on Friday. ... 2B
(broken middle finger on his right hand) took some batting practice before the game and said it went fine. Getz said the swelling
had gone down and he hopes to play Wednesday. He has missed four consecutive games. ... Mariners C
, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, could return May 1 when he's eligible.