SEATTLE (AP) — Even though they no longer play in the same division, Chicago White Sox starter John Danks is still being haunted by Austin Jackson.
The former Detroit Tigers outfielder went 3 for 4 with a career-high four RBIs against Danks as the Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox 4-2 on Sunday.
Jackson, acquired by Seattle in a trade before the deadline, has been a constant thorn in Danks' side. Jackson entered the game as a career .400 hitter against Danks and continued to hammer the White Sox starter.
"I can't escape him," Danks said. "I've thrown everything I know how to. I thought about taking my glove off and firing one in there right-handed just to give him another look."
Logan Morrison began a two-out rally for the Mariners in the second inning off Danks (9-8) with a hard line drive single off the wall in right field. Infield singles by Chris Taylor and Jesus Sucre loaded the bases for Jackson.
Jackson doubled down the left field line to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
"I thought Johnny pitched well enough to win a game," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just that we didn't get anything going (offensively)."
Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez was pulled mid-batter in the fifth inning as Dominic Leone entered to face Gordon Beckham with a 2-1 count. Leone got Beckham to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Leone (5-2) picked up the victory and Fernando Rodney earned his 33rd save.
Taylor drew a leadoff walk in the seventh inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sucre. Jackson singled to left as Taylor beat the throw home from Alejandro De Aza to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.
Jackson raised his career average to .429 (21 for 49) against Danks.
"He's hit some good pitches off of me and definitely made me answer to some mistakes I made," Danks said.
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