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White Sox 4, Mariners 0

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SEATTLE -- Bad news for the AL Central: The White Sox have snapped out of their mini-slump, and Bobby Jenks appears to be back on track, too.

John Danks combined with J.J. Putz and Jenks on a two-hitter, Alexei Ramirez homered and first-place Chicago beat the woeful Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Tuesday.

Danks (10-7) allowed Casey Kotchman's infield single in the second and Ichiro Suzuki's two-out single in the eighth on his final pitch of the night. He struck out eight and walked four, then got a dugout bear hug from manager Ozzie Guillen as Chicago increased its lead in the AL Central to a season-high 3½ games over Detroit and Minnesota.

Putz got the final out of the eighth for his 25th consecutive scoreless outing, breaking Shingo Takatsu's White Sox record from 2004. And closer Jenks pitched a perfect ninth in his first appearance since he failed to record an out on Sunday, when he was charged with four runs in a loss at Minnesota.

"That was the reason he was in there," save situation or not, Guillen said of Jenks, who has 20 saves in 21 chances but a 4.63 ERA. "The way he pitched against Minnesota I wanted to get him in there the first opportunity I could. Hopefully, it creates a positive environment for him. Bobby's good at bouncing back."

And forgetting.

"Games like that, I try not to let them affect me in any way," Jenks said. "Save situation or not, I would have the same attitude."

Even with hot-hitting slugger Carlos Quentin resting his bruised right hand, the White Sox have added two games to their lead as many nights following a three-game skid. Sunday's potentially crushing setback against the Twins, in which they blew a three-run lead in the ninth, is already a distant memory thanks to this get-well trip to Seattle.

The White Sox are a baseball-best 28-8 since June 9.

The Mariners looked particularly lifeless while losing for the 14th time in 17 games and plummeting to a season-low 22 games under .500.

Chicago went in front in the fourth. Alex Rios drew a leadoff walk against Doug Fister (3-6), advanced to third on Paul Konerko's double and scored on Mark Kotsay's groundout.

The game was essentially over when Juan Pierre doubled home Ramirez in the fifth, making it 2-0.

Seattle has scored two runs or less 44 times in 94 games this season. The Mariners managed just one run in Monday's loss.

Danks dominated -- and Seattle disintegrated -- from there.

"The thing [is], when you are having trouble scoring runs John Danks is not the guy you want to see," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He showed up again tonight -- as good as I've ever seen."

Seattle, meanwhile, watched Jose Lopez shuffle down the line in the sixth on a hard smash that Omar Vizquel snared. A soft, looping throw across the diamond beat Lopez by multiple steps.

"You still got it, Omar! You still got it!" a vendor in the low box seats yelled to the 43-year-old former Mariner as Vizquel returned to the dugout following one of his many defensive gems Tuesday

"Omar put on a show today at third base. I mean, a show!" Guillen said.

Then with one out in the seventh, Kotchman hit a soft, broken-bat liner that was easily caught by Ramirez. The shortstop seemed surprised to see Milton Bradley had run to second base. Bradley was standing on second as Ramirez threw to first for the inexplicable double play. The inning abruptly ended, the home crowd of 21,366 booed and Bradley tossed his batting helmet across the infield.

Bradley told Wakamatsu he thought Ramirez would let the ball drop for a more conventional double play.

How sad is it in Seattle? The fans' only excitement came when a young man ran across the infield before the bottom of the ninth. The crowd roared as security quickly tackled the guy in short left field. A sheriff's deputy roughly handcuffed him and escorted him through the outfield and a gate -- to more roars.

Notes

Guillen said he likely will rest Quentin until Friday at Oakland. He said the right fielder felt fine, but the manager wants him to have four full days off, including Thursday's travel day. He hurt the hand in the sixth inning Sunday at Minnesota. ... Wakamatsu said his Mariners likely will be without leading slugger Russell Branyan (back spasms) for a couple more days.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Danks
IP 7.2
H 2
ER 0
BB 4
K 8
 

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Juan Pierre, LF4111000 .258
Omar Vizquel, 3B4020011 .277
Alex Rios, CF3121101 .310
Paul Konerko, 1B4020012 .305
Mark Kotsay, DH4001001 .222
Andruw Jones, RF4000031 .206
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000021 .238
Alexei Ramirez, SS4231000 .284
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000011 .237
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2B - Juan Pierre (10, Fister), Paul Konerko 2 (19, Fister, Seddon)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (9, Seddon)
RBI - Juan Pierre (18), Alex Rios (55), Mark Kotsay (20), Alexei Ramirez (35)
2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez (15)
Team LOB - 5
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DP - A. Ramirez-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (W,10-7) 7.2200480 3.37
J.J. Putz (H,10) 0.1000000 1.50
Bobby Jenks 1000010 4.63
HBP - Suzuki (by John Danks)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 107-68, J.J. Putz 3-2, Bobby Jenks 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 7-6, Bobby Jenks 2-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 28, J.J. Putz 1, Bobby Jenks 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010000 .317
Chone Figgins, 2B4000022 .226
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3000100 .251
Jose Lopez, 3B4000011 .237
Milton Bradley, LF2000220 .211
Casey Kotchman, DH3010012 .213
Justin Smoak, 1B3000012 .215
Josh Bard, C3000020 .196
Jack Wilson, SS2000100 .250
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DP - Figgins-J. Wilson-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (L,3-6) 6733160 3.56
Chris Seddon 3311021 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 90-61, Chris Seddon 41-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 7-4, Chris Seddon 4-2
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Chris Seddon 11
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Attendance - 21366
Game Time - 2:11
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jeff Nelson