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Freddy strikes out 7 vs. former team

CHICAGO (AP) -- Freddy Garcia put aside his feelings for his
former teammates, then went out and shut them down.

Garcia struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings, Jose Valentin hit a
two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox handed the Seattle Mariners
their ninth straight loss, 4-3 Sunday.

Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe both hit solo homers for Chicago,
which won its fourth straight to overtake Minnesota for first place
in the AL Central.

"I was really excited, I got to the mound and I have to do my
job, it doesn't matter who is hitting," Garcia said.

Garcia (6-8) was traded to Chicago on June 27 and is 2-1 in
three starts. He allowed three runs on six hits and gave up one
walk.

"I think he goes out against everybody the same way, but I
think facing the guys that was (his) friends for so many years,
grew up with, (he) will be pumped up," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "You can go either way, you can fail or pitch good,
sometimes when you get over anxious or do something different. I
think he threw the ball real well today."

He went 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for Seattle this
season. The Mariners averaged a major league-worst 2.19 runs in
Garcia's 15 starts and the offensive struggles continued, this time
against Garcia and the White Sox.

"It's the same we've been seeing all year, just enough to
lose," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "I've seen that game 50
times in this half, it seems like."

The losing streak is Seattle's longest since September 1992,
when it lost a club-record 14 in a row. The Mariners went 0-9 on
their nine-game road trip and they've also lost 12 straight away
from home. It was their longest winless trip since Sept. 4-13,
1992.

"We shouldn't have put ourselves in a position where we feel
like we need a break right now," Melvin said.

Melvin doesn't have much to say about his players' poor
performance.

"I'm not telling them anything. They know, they watched the
same thing I have," Melvin said.

The Mariners also have been swept seven times this season, last
year they were swept once. Seattle is 22 games below .500 for the
first time since July 31, 1994.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Chicago rallied. Joe Borchard led off
with a single and Valentin followed with a two-run homer to right
off Mariners starter Jamie Moyer.

"I just went there trying to get a pitch I can hit, I know he
(Moyer) is not a power pitcher. He changes speeds, hit his spots.
He threw me a slider it kind of hung over the middle of the plate
and I hit it out," Valentin said.

One out later, Uribe followed with his 12th homer of the season,
giving the White Sox a 4-3 lead.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the third with a single and Randy Winn
followed with a two-run homer to right, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead.

Garcia walked Willie Bloomquist leading off the fifth inning.
Bloomquist went to third on Ichiro's single, and scored on Winn's
double-play grounder, making it 3-1 Mariners.

Damaso Marte pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Shingo Takatsu
worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Moyer (6-6) retired nine of the first 10 batters. The White Sox
got their first hit on Rowand's homer leading off the fourth. It
was Rowand's ninth of the season.

Moyer pitched eight innings for his first complete game of the
season, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven
and walking one. He has allowed 25 home runs this season, last
season he allowed 19.

"We've got to go out, get a win, and got to have some pride,"
Moyer said. "You've seen that same look on everybody's face. That
glum look."

Game notes
Mariners C Miguel Olivo will begin a rehab assignment with
Class-A Everett on Tuesday. Olivo was involved in the trade that
sent Garcia to the White Sox on June 27. Olivo had a surgical
procedure June 30 to remove a kidney stone. ... White Sox LF Carlos
Lee robbed Raul Ibanez of an extra-base hit in the third inning
with a leaping catch against the wall. ... Moyer is 0-4 with a 6.65
ERA over his last five games (four starts).