After the disappointing 9-8 loss, Seattle manager Eric Wedge will get to see how his young team responds to the adversity on the road.
"There's going to be tough stretches ahead and I want us to handle that better and limit the damage when we do get in a tough stretch," Wedge said before the tough loss. "I think with the way these guys continue to advance individually and are able to nip it in the bud when they start to have a tough stretch, then you can do it as a team as well.
"It all works hand in hand. For us, it's all about winning series and just continuing to be more consistent. I like that we're doing it in all areas of our club and I want to continue doing it that way."
Jose Quintana will take the mound for the White Sox and try to shut down the Mariners' hope for a bounce-back game. Quintana has given up just two runs in each of his last three starts but has just one win to show for his efforts.
"I have made a couple of corrections in some of my pitches and all in all, I think that adjustment has been helping me out," said Quintana after his last win on Aug. 14 in Toronto.
Quintana scattered nine hits, allowed two runs and struck out four in his last outing, but received a no-decision when the White Sox lost, 5-2, in Kansas City.
Mariners: Beavan a witness to history
Blake Beavan takes the mound for the Mariners on Saturday, looking to build on his 5-1 record since rejoining the team after a stint with Triple-A Tacoma. The big right-hander admits that watching Felix Hernandez's perfect game has already made his first full year in the Majors a special one.
"It was definitely better to be on our side to watch Felix do it," Beavan said. "That was pretty special to watch. Me being part of one on the losing side, that was a good ballgame, too, so I couldn't really be mad about that. [Philip] Humber just had everything going that day. I don't know how many times you see two perfect games in one year -- or even a lifetime -- and I've seen two perfect games and a no-hitter. I never thought I'd see all that in my whole baseball career and I've seen that already. So it's been a pretty special year for my first full year."
Jason Vargas was 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA during his last 10 starts when he took the mound Friday night against the White Sox. The lefty ran into trouble for the first time in awhile, though, surrendering six runs on seven hits in just four innings to the White Sox.
White Sox: Four straight and counting
The White Sox are a season-high 14 games above .500 after Friday's win, the club's fourth straight. It is the first time the White Sox have been 14 games above .500 since ending the 2010 season at 88-74.
Left-handed reliever Leyson Septimo threw a scoreless inning of relief Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte. Septimo, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with left biceps inflammation, gave up a hit and a walk, but also struck out a batter.
The Mariners' Jesus Montero is hitting .429 (27-for-63) with five doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs in 15 games on the road since the All-Star break.
Quintana has faced the Mariners just once in his career, throwing two-thirds of an inning on June 2.