The Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox again on Saturday night (July 15), winning the game 4-3 behind a good performance from Felix Hernandez. The former Cy Young winner lasted just five innings, but only gave up one earned run on six hits and zero walks. Hernandez improved to 5-3 on the season with this victory and lowered his ERA to 4.20 so far.

The bullpen did its job for the Mariners again, allowing just two hits over the final four innings of the game. Steve Cishek, Tony Zych, Nick Vincent, and Edwin Diaz kept the White Sox from putting up any runs after the fifth inning of the game.

This was the 15th save of the season for Diaz, who continues to show why the Seattle Mariners made him the closer this year.

The winning streak continues for the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have now won three-straight games, including the first two games against the Chicago White Sox that followed the All-Star break. In the updated MLB standings, the Mariners now sit at 45-47 on the season, pushing the team into sole-possession of third place in the American League West. The Mariners still trail the Houston Astros (61-30) and Texas Rangers (45-45) but have moved ahead of the Los Angeles Angels (45-49) with these second-half victories. It didn't hurt that Robinson Cano won the MVP at the All-Star Game either.

The Wild Card Standings also look a bit better for the Seattle Mariners, even though the team still trails the Tampa Bay Rays (49-43) and New York Yankees (46-42) in the race for the postseason. The Mariners are three games behind the Yankees and four games behind the Rays heading into Sunday (July 16). The Yankees have a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, with a lot on the line for both teams in the AL East.

The Rays have another game against the Angels.

What is next on the schedule for the Mariners?

Andrew Moore takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners on Sunday as they finish off this series against the Chicago White Sox. The rookie starting pitcher is looking to continue his strong season and possibly secure a long-term spot in the starting rotation.

Following this game against the White Sox, the Mariners play three more on the road against the Houston Astros before heading home. The nine-game homestand will pit the Mariners against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets.

This may be the toughest stretch of games that the Mariners have left on the schedule and it will certainly dictate what the team decides to do at the MLB trade deadline. General manager Jerry Dipoto could look to pull off some moves to improve the team if they can find success against the Astros and Yankees. Failure to do so might lead to Dipoto dealing away some veterans at the end of their contracts. Can the Seattle Mariners keep winning and make a significant move in the MLB Wild Card standings?