White Sox bullpen can't follow Noesi's lead vs. Mariners

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Mariners sent only six men to the plate over the first two innings of Saturday's contest with the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. But once starter Hector Noesi left the mound, Seattle's bats came to life and handed the South Siders an 11-7 Cactus League loss.

Seattle scored four runs in the third and six in the fourth, with a combined 17 hitters facing relievers Zach Putnam, Eric Surkamp and Scott Carroll. Justin Ruggiano, who could share right-field duties with Seth Smith in Seattle, broke a 1-1 tie in the third when launching a two-out, three-run homer off of Putnam, who was making his first Cactus League appearance. The blast came on a 2-2 offering.

Six straight Mariners hitters reached base to start the fourth inning, with five reaching base off of Surkamp. Even with all of this action, Ketel Marte and Brad Miller were the only Mariners starters to finish with multi-hit performances.

Noesi did not record a strikeout or walk a hitter in facing his former team. Jordan Pries started for the Mariners and allowed one run on one hit over two innings with two strikeouts.

Emilio Bonifacio manufactured that run off of Pries in the first, drawing a walk, moving to second on a hit-and-run groundout from Melky Cabrera, stealing third and then scoring on a ground out to Marte at second with the infield in. Bonifacio held briefly before racing home and beating the throw from Logan Morrison.

Putnam missed his first scheduled appearance earlier in the week due to a bout with stomach flu.

"As we all say, getting that first one out of the way is important even for guys in the game a long time," Putnam said. "Getting out there after being away from competitive stuff for four or five months. It can bring a little anxiety."

"It wasn't good, so you just kind of put it behind you, let these guys get their feet wet and see where they're at," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Putnam. "It needs to be better. He knows that. We're just going to chalk it up to the first outing, and it's going to get better from there."

Avisail Garcia went 2-for-3, giving him two hits in each of the three games he has played this spring. Seattle's Jordy Lara added a home run to right in the seventh.

Down by an 11-3 margin, the White Sox scored four in the eighth with two outs. Micah Johnson's stand-up triple to left, Leury Garcia's single and Dan Black's single drove in runs.

Up next for White Sox: Jeff Samardzija completes one turn through the White Sox Cactus League rotation by taking the mound against the A's on Sunday at HoHoKam Park, where Samardzija once pitched for the Cubs. Javy Guerra, Chris Beck, Dan Jennings, Daniel Webb and Jake Petricka also are set to throw in the 3:05 p.m. CT matchup, which will be available live on MLB.TV.

Up next for Mariners: Veteran left-hander J.A. Happ makes his debut as the Mariners travel to Goodyear to face the Reds on Sunday in a 1:05 p.m. PT game. Happ was acquired from Toronto in a trade for Michael Saunders in December and is expected to slide into the middle of Seattle's rotation. The game will not be televised live in Seattle, but is available on Gameday Audio and 710 ESPN Seattle radio.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.