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  Monday, May 29 8:05pm ET
Edgar's majors-best RBI total at 57

SEATTLE (AP) -- Edgar Martinez and John Halama keep coming through.

Martinez drove in a pair of runs to increase his major league-leading total to 57 and Halama won his sixth straight decision as the Seattle Mariners rallied past the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Monday.

Edgar Martinez

John Halama

Martinez, who has hit in 14 consecutive games, went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and two walks.

"He has hit me well," Chicago starter Mike Sirotka said. "The ball he hit was a lazy fly ball that landed in the right place. That's why he hits .350 and that's why I lose the game."

Martinez's s two-run single in the four-run fifth inning tied the game at 3.

"It's fun to watch him hit," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "If I were a young hitter, I'd sit around the cage and watch him hit a lot. I'd try to learn some things from him."

Seattle went ahead 4-3 when Alex Rodriguez, whose infield single had driven in the first run of the inning, scored from third on Sirotka's wild pitch to John Olerud.

"I made a great pitch to the best player in baseball," Sirotka said of Rodriguez. "He hit a 20-hopper to third base and gets a hit. That is the sign of the way things are sometimes."

Halama (6-0), who hasn't lost in nine starts since last Oct. 3 against Oakland, allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in seven-plus innings. Last year as a rookie, Halama won nine straight decisions.

"I have always been confident. It doesn't make a difference in me whether we win or lose," he said. "My confidence will always be there."

Piniella is more than pleased with how his young left-hander has performed. Seattle's pitching rotation has been without Jamie Moyer and Freddy Garcia for the past five weeks.

"He's gone into the seventh inning in three of his last four starts," Piniella said. "His 6-0 record is a great start."

Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Sirotka (3-5) allowed four runs -- all unearned -- four hits and four walks in seven innings. While he has given up just eight runs in his last four starts for a 2.73 ERA, he is only 1-1.

Halama retired his first 10 batters before Jose Valentin reached on a throwing error by third baseman David Bell and advanced on consecutive wild pitches. Frank Thomas walked, and Magglio Ordonez followed with his 10th homer, a three-run shot.

Seattle center fielder Mike Cameron saved a run in the fifth by leaping at the fence and catching a drive by Herbert Perry that would have gone over.

"He made a nice play," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "He was probably excited to make that play against us. He is a good player. It is good to see things happen for Mike. He's a good man."

Cameron entered the majors with the White Sox in 1995 but was eventually traded to Cincinnati for Paul Konerko.

"I knew I hit it good," Perry said, "but I didn't know if it had enough to get out or not. I got under it a little bit. It hung up there and he snagged it."

"Our defense has been a very valuable part of our team," Cameron said. "The pitching and defense has played a role in getting to where we are right now. We're in first place."

Perry's fielding error on Dan Wilson's grounder to third led to the unearned runs in the fifth, with walks to Mark McLemore and Cameron setting up the inning.

Jay Buhner homered off Bill Simas in the sixth for a 5-3 lead. Buhner had been 0-for-5 with five strikeouts against Simas in the past.

Carlos Lee homered leading off the eighth, chasing Halama.

Game notes
Martinez is 10-for-17 with three homers against Sirotka. ... Seattle is 16-6 at home, the best home record in the majors. ... Paul Konerko played in his first game since fouling a ball off his foot against New York on Thursday. ... Lee stopped a 1-for-18 slide with a double in his first at-bat. ... Sirotka tied his season-high with six strikeouts. ... Chicago's AL-leading 49 errors have led to a league-leading 35 unearned runs.


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