CHICAGO (AP) On a windy Thursday, Jared Kelenic netted a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole. The Seattle Mariners ended a four-game losing streak, putting a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Adam Engel's two-out debut was sluggish from the middle of the infield, dropping behind the third base. Engel then reached second when his popup to the first-base team came back and kicked off catcher Cal Raleigh in front of the plate for an error.
Jake Burger followed the mound with a popup over the mound that dwindled to the left side and fell for an RBI single, bouncing off the arm of shortstop J.P. Crawford, who tried for a basket catch with his back to the plate on the infield dirt.
Logan Gilbert (1-0) claimed an unearned run and four hits in five innings, and four pitchers were followed with an inning each of hitless relief.
Andres Muoz kicked out on 14 pitches in the sixth, reaching 102.8 and 102.5 mph, putting Seattle at the top of the charts since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
Drew Steckenrider fought for a walk in the seventh, Diego Castillo pitched a perfect eighth, and Paul Sewald put a 1-2-3 ninth.
After Tim Anderson's two-out single in the fifth, Chicago didn't get a shot.
Cal Raleigh defeats Bennett Sousa in the eighth, while Mitch Haniger defeats Jose Ruiz in the ninth, bringing the wind down to the left field 30 seconds.
In three innings of his season debut, Jimmy Lambert (0-1) gave up two runs and two hits.
Kelenic's home run on a 114 mph drive was his first this season.
Mariners: 2B Adam Frazier is returning to the Mariners' starting lineup after Abraham Toro was picked in for Wednesday's 6-4 defeat. Manager Scott Servais also took Haniger to the DH spot, moving catcher Luis Torrens to the bench from the DH.
LF Eloy Jimenez did not finish after leaving Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with a broken ankle. "This morning, I'm feeling good," Jimenez said. "Today is just for precaution. After that, it's all good," La Russa said. Josh Harrison has a lot of soreness in his back, but may return this weekend.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 6.23 ERA) was expected to begin Seattle's home opener against the Houston Astros on Friday.
RHP Dylan Cease (1-0, 1.80 ERA) starts the day when Chicago hosts the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
The Associated Press