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Rapid Reaction: Mariners 3, White Sox 2

SEATTLE – In yet another defeat, the White Sox were upended 3-2 on Friday by the Seattle Mariners.

How it happened: Thanks to right-hander Phil Humber, the White Sox put up a good fight against Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. Humber not only lowered his overall ERA to 2.97, he now has a 2.67 ERA in his six starts. In the end, though, it was just another defeat. The White Sox tried to squeeze two innings out of Matt Thornton, but No. 9 hitter Brendan Ryan delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning.

What it means: The White Sox appeared to have better at-bats Friday, but it didn’t add up to much against Hernandez. It’s also not saying much with the brand of offense they have been delivering lately. The defeats continue to mount as they have lost eight of their last nine and 18 of their last 22. Their baseball-worst record fell to 11-22.

Stat of the day: Humber has thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts and hasn’t given up more than three hits in any of them.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (3-2, 4.39 ERA) will take the mound in the middle game of a three-game series against the Mariners. He will be opposed by Seattle tight-hander Doug Fister (2-3, 2.70) in an 8:10 p.m. start from Safeco Field.