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Garland finishes with two hits in seven innings

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jon Garland provided a near-perfect start, then
the Chicago White Sox withstood some shaky work by the bullpen.

Garland retired his first 19 batters and allowed just two hits
in seven innings, pitching the White Sox past the Seattle Mariners
6-4 on Friday night.

The right-hander, Chicago's No. 5 starter, lost his bid for a
perfect game when he walked Jeremy Reed on a 3-2 pitch with one out
in the seventh. Adrian Beltre followed with a single up the middle
on a 1-2 pitch for Seattle's first hit.

"If you say you don't know about it, you're lying to them,"
Garland said. "I knew it was there. Me and [Mark] Buehrle actually
said something about it on the bench.

"If it's meant to happen it's going to happen. It's just one of
those things," he said.

After Garland (2-0) walked Raul Ibanez, loading the bases, Bret
Boone singled to right to drive in two runs. Garland, who struck
out three, got through the seventh before he was lifted for Luis
Vizcaino.

"I didn't lose focus," Garland said. "I just started jumping
at the plate a little bit. My mechanics got a little out of whack.
I was trying to aim the ball a little bit instead of just throwing
it."

Boone drove in all four Seattle runs with two singles.

"Garland pitched great," he said. "The ball was moving more
than I've seen it before. His sinker was darting all over the
place."

Garland's performance, which included 10 groundouts, was almost
undone by the Chicago bullpen.

The White Sox used four relievers in the ninth: Vizcaino, Damaso
Marte, Shingo Takatsu and Dustin Hermanson.

Boone's two-run single off Takatsu cut it to 6-4 with one out,
but Hermanson finished for his second save. He struck out Scott
Spiezio and retired pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs on a grounder with the
bases loaded to end it.

"It was unbelievable watching a guy pitch like that,"
Hermanson said. "It's more fun to come in and save the game for
someone like that who pitched so good."

Chicago's Juan Uribe, batting ninth, drove in four runs with a
two-run homer, a single and a sacrifice fly. Jermaine Dye added a
solo shot.

Seattle's Joel Pineiro (0-1) started for the first time since
July 25, 2004, and allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3
innings. He walked four and struck out five.

The right-hander had been on the disabled list with a strained
right elbow. He was activated before the game.

"My arm felt great, that's all I'm worried about," Pineiro
said. "I just didn't have the command I wanted to have.

"My arm felt like a million bucks, but my performance was like
a penny," he said.

Pineiro was relieved in the sixth by Matt Thornton, who pitched
1 1-3 scoreless innings. Jeff Nelson worked the eighth, allowing an
RBI grounder by Joe Crede.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead without a hit in the second when
Pineiro ran into control problems. He walked the bases loaded with
one out, and Uribe hit a sacrifice fly.

Uribe lined a homer to left with two outs in the fourth to
extend Chicago's lead to 3-0.

Dye led off the sixth with a homer into the left-field bullpen
to make it 4-0. Two outs later, Uribe's single drove in Aaron
Rowand, who tripled.

Game notes
Pineiro made two minor league rehab starts in April before
rejoining the Mariners. ... Seattle's Richie Sexson was scheduled
to DH, but was scratched 30 minutes before the game with the flu.
He was one of seven or eight Mariners with symptoms. ... Carl
Everett was back at DH for the White Sox. He left Thursday's game
in Cleveland after running into the left-field wall.