White Sox 'battle' to find consistent offense

Chicago drops series in Seattle despite scoring 14 runs in 3 games

White Sox 'battle' to find consistent offense

SEATTLE -- The White Sox bats woke up this series, but 14 runs in three games were only enough for one win against the Mariners.

"We wish we could have kept adding on," manager Robin Ventura said after a 6-5, 11-inning loss Wednesday. "You get five that quick, we had guys in scoring position, we had chances. We just couldn't cash in on them."

The White Sox were able to knock around Felix Hernandez in his first game back from the 15-day DL. They scored five runs on 10 hits off Hernandez, incluing Todd Frazier's 28th home run -- a three-run shot -- in the first inning. But the Sox were unable to score after the fifth inning. For the second time in the series, they lost in a walk-off.

Cabrera's RBI single

"It's a strange game," catcher Dioner Navarro said. "We easily could have won 5-1, but we go home 1-5."

But the results don't take away from Chicago's offensive improvement at the end of its six-game West Coast trip. On Tuesday, the White Sox finally got their first post-All-Star break win, and they scored six runs in the process.

Morneau's RBI single

Their six runs Tuesday were more than the White Sox had scored in the previous five games combined.

It wasn't about adjusting for Chicago, it was just pushing through the rough patch.

"That's just how the game goes sometimes," Brett Lawrie said. "There's not much more you can say about it. You just have to continue to battle, keep getting in the box and keep playing."

Worth noting

• Shortstop Tim Anderson got a planned day off on Wednesday. He had two hits on Tuesday, but Ventura said he'd rather let him rest the day after having a good game than sit him following a poor performance.

Carlos Rodon will likely have to make a rehab start before returning to the White Sox rotation. Chicago placed him on the 15-day disabled list on July 9 (retroactive to July 6) with a sprained left wrist, and Ventura said they don't have a set date for his return.

Jacob Turner will start on Friday against the Tigers. The right-hander struggled in his last start, allowing eight runs on seven hits in just four innings.

"I think his changeup's better than I think he showed in the last outing," Ventura said. "So he's got to be able to mix it up."

Maddie Lee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.