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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he thinks the AL Rookie of the Year is on his team. He's reserving judgment on whether a White Sox player should also win the MVP award.
Rookie Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run home run and Carlos Quentin hit his major league-leading 35th home run in the eighth to help the Chicago White Sox beat the dismal Seattle Mariners 13-5 on Monday night.
With the win, the White Sox took a one-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota, which lost 3-2 to Oakland.
Ramirez also hit a grand slam on Sunday, Quentin has homered in seven of his past 12 games and owns a .293 batting average with 96 RBI. There was chants of MVP from the sellout crowd after his home run.
"On my team, yes. I have a couple of guys out there," Guillen said. "I think the Missile (Ramirez) should win it. The MVP, we still have a month to go. It's kind of early to say who should be MVP."
Guillen said Ramirez has a shot because his main competition, Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay, is hurt.
The 26-year-old Ramirez is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI. Not bad for a guy who hit .121 in limited action in April.
Teammate Jermaine Dye is not surprised by the success that Quentin and Ramirez has had.
"Not at all. Those guys have put up numbers before," Dye said. "Whether Quentin has done it in the minor leagues and Alexei has done it in Cuba, these guys are capable of being great ballplayers and they are doing a heck of a job for us this year."
Jermaine Dye doubled twice and drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of their past seven games.
The White Sox lead the majors with 182 homers. They hit four home runs for the second successive game.
Yuniesky Betancourt hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for the Mariners, who have lost four straight and own the worst record in the AL.
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (11-10) survived a shaky performance to improve to 8-3 at home. He allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Buehrle appreciated the offensive output.
"Especially when I go out there and pitch the way I did," Buehrle said. "That's the reason why I hate this game sometimes. When you go out there and make your pitches and they find holes, infield hits, bunts, right over the infielder's head. That's why this game sometimes is frustrating."
Trailing 4-3 in the fifth inning, the White Sox pounded Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn, who couldn't hold his second lead of the game. The White Sox brought 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs on six hits.
Washburn walked Juan Uribe and then Cabrera homered to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead. It was his seventh of the season and first since June 19th.
After A.J. Pierzynski walked, Quentin singled and Dye ended Washburn's night with a two-run double to make it 7-4.
"The ball definitely flies here," Washburn said. "But I've thrown some good games here and I'm not blaming the park at all. I didn't throw the ball good."
Mariners reliever Miguel Batista didn't fare well either. He walked Jim Thome and hit Paul Konerko with a pitch. Then Swisher and Ramirez followed with consecutive RBI singles to give Buehrle and the White Sox a 9-4 lead.
Ramirez padded the lead in seventh with a three-run homer off Mariners reliever Jake Woods to make it 12-5. Ramirez has eight RBI in last two games.
Ramirez hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
The White Sox have scored 26 runs in the past two games. They've done it with just 20 hits, in part because they've walked 13 times.
Washburn (5-13) allowed eight runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"Our pitching was going good for quite a while and we were struggling with the bats," Mariners interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "Now it seems like we're getting 12 or 15 hits a night and the pitching is starting to struggle or has been struggling for a little while."
|With the way Carlos Quentin is hitting this year, don't you think he would treat his bat better than this? (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||2||3||0||0||1||2||.309|
|Jeremy Reed, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Miguel Cairo, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.236|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.301|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||6||.246|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||5||1||1||2||0||1||2||.298|
|Wladimir Balentien, CF||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.217|
|Kenji Johjima, DH||4||0||1||0||1||0||4||.218|
|Jeff Clement, C||5||0||3||0||0||1||1||.231|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||3||.269|
|2B - Wladimir Balentien (7, Buehrle), Jeff Clement (7, Buehrle)|
|HR - Yuniesky Betancourt (4, Buehrle)|
|SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (4)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez (84), Jose Lopez 2 (67), Wladimir Balentien (17), Yuniesky Betancourt (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (32), Wladimir Balentien (11)|
|SB - Jose Lopez (5, 2nd base off Buehrle/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Jarrod Washburn (L,5-13)||4.1||7||8||8||2||0||2||4.95|
|IBB - Thome by Miguel Batista|
|HBP - Konerko (by Miguel Batista)|
|WP - Jarrod Washburn (1), Miguel Batista (5), Jake Woods (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 79-43, Miguel Batista 33-16, Jake Woods 39-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 4-9, Miguel Batista 4-1, Jake Woods 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 22, Miguel Batista 9, Jake Woods 11|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||1||2||0||1||4||.269|
|Chris Getz, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.293|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||5||2||2||2||0||0||1||.301|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.248|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.225|
|Brian Anderson, PR-CF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Nick Swisher, CF-1B||3||2||2||3||1||0||0||.232|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B-SS||4||1||2||4||0||0||0||.308|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||0||3||.234|
|2B - Jermaine Dye 2 (32, Washburn, Washburn)|
|HR - Orlando Cabrera (7, Washburn), Carlos Quentin (35, Woods), Nick Swisher (18, Washburn), Alexei Ramirez (13, Woods)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (50), Carlos Quentin (96), Jermaine Dye 2 (79), Paul Konerko (43), Nick Swisher 3 (58), Alexei Ramirez 4 (51)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|PB - A.J. Pierzynski (4)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,11-10)||5.2||11||5||5||2||5||1||3.91|
|D.J. Carrasco (H,7)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 100-71, D.J. Carrasco 25-12, Horacio Ramirez 36-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-5, D.J. Carrasco 2-1, Horacio Ramirez 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, D.J. Carrasco 5, Horacio Ramirez 10|
|Attendance - 39002|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz|