CHICAGO — Jeff Samardzija won't have to make any more starts in August, which is fortunate for him.
Samardzija (8-11) was roughed up early by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, giving up three runs in the first inning before even getting an out on his way to Chicago's 7-6 loss.
He dropped to 0-6 for the month — the worst stretch of losses in his career — while giving up 33 runs in 33 2/3 innings for an 8.82 ERA.
"It's not easy. It's not an easy game," Samardzija said. "You learn a lot about yourself during stretches like this."
In his 5 2/3 innings against the Mariners on Saturday, Samardzija allowed eight hits and five runs. He struck out eight and walked three.
"As far as being prepared, competitiveness, all that stuff, is as good as it's going to get," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's probably scratching his head as to of how it's ended up like this."
Samardzija labored, throwing 75 pitches through three innings, while finishing with 119 pitches, leaving in the sixth to a smattering of boos.
"It's a pitch here and a pitch there that I need to improve on, and pay a little more attention to," Sarmardzija said.
After the Mariners got the early lead, the Sox threatened to get back in the game only to come up short, twice leaving the bases loaded before scoring four runs in the eighth to pull within oen.
"It's always good to get out early (to a lead)," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Hisashi Iwakuma (6-3) gave up two runs and seven hits and worked out of the first two bases-loaded jams in 5 2/3 innings to get his fourth win in his last five outings.
The Mariners opened the game with a single by Ketel Marte followed by a two-run home run by Kyle Seager. Nelson Cruz then walked and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Smith, all before the White Sox recorded an out.
"What's frustrating is having that one bad inning," said Smardzija. "You've got to get those first three outs."
Chicago trailed 7-2 with two outs in the eighth inning before rallying. Adam Eaton drew a bases-loaded walk, Tyler Saladino followed with a two-run single and Jose Abreu added a run-scoring single. Melky Cabrera then grounded out to end the inning.
Tom Wilhelmsen got the last four outs for his sixth save in six chances.
The Mariners made it 4-0 in the third when Smith doubled to drive in Robinson Cano, who was 4 for 4.
In the fourth inning, Seattle's Brad Miller led off with a double on a pop-up behind third base that dropped between three fielders. Miller went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marte.
Chicago pulled to 5-1 in the fourth when Adam Laroche singled home Cabrera. The Sox added a run in the sixth when Laroche walked, Alexei Ramirez singled and Tyler Flowers hit a line drive just over Seager's glove at third to score Laroche.
The Mariners extended the lead to 7-2 in the eighth when Mark Trumbo scored from third on Marte's grounder and Austin Jackson scored on an error when White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez failed to field a routine grounder.
The White Sox had other opportunities, but squandered them. They loaded the bases in the third but failed to score as Abreu flew out. They also loaded the bases in the fourth after getting their run, but Adam Eaton grounded out to leave them that way.
"We get bases loaded a few times, I'd like to get a little more out of it, "said Ventura.
I'M PLAYING WHERE?
John Hicks made his major league debut Saturday night for the Mariners, entering the game in the eighth inning when Marte went out with a hamstring strain. But where he went was a surprise. Hicks is a catcher, but McClendon sent him in to play third base. Hicks had to have someone get him a fielder's glove. The last time he played the position? "High school, my junior year, I played one inning," Hicks said.
Mariners: OF Franklin Gutierrez, who was hit on the knee by a pitch on Friday and wasn't in the lineup Saturday, had some tightness in his Achilles tendon.
White Sox: RHP Zach Putnam went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to Aug. 27, with a strained right groin. Putnam is 3-3 with no saves and a 3.07 ERA in 41 games this season. He last pitched Aug. 26 against Boston, throwing one inning and giving up a run. ... RHP Daniel Webb, on the DL since Aug. 5 with a mild back strain, was activated following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
Chicago's Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.63 ERA) and Seattle's Edgar Olmos (1-0, 0.00) will start the series finale. It's the first career start for Olmos, who has had four relief appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 17. Quintana received a no decision in his last start on Aug. 25 against Boston, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.