CHICAGO -- When the Mariners beat Texas, 21-8, on Wednesday, they jumped from 22nd to 16th in the Majors in total runs scored and from 26th to 18th in runs per game.
The 21 runs, which tied for the second-most in franchise history, came on the heels of a 10-run outing on Tuesday, as Seattle's offense hit on all cylinders against the American League West-leading Rangers.
This is the same Mariners team that endured a perfect game at the hands of Philip Humber when the White Sox visited Safeco Field five weeks earlier. They became just the second team in MLB history (Buffalo in 1880, according to Elias Sports Bureau) to score 20 or more runs in a game in the same season they had a perfect game thrown against them.
Manager Eric Wedge is counting on the uptick to put a renewed hop in the Mariners' steps against a White Sox team that had won eight straight before the weekend series.
"I hope so," Wedge said of a carryover effect. "You should develop a greater sense of confidence from that type of success, both individually and as an offensive team. Especially playing against a team like that with that type of pitching staff and in their backyard. There were a lot of outstanding things that happened [in Texas] that these guys should be able to draw from."