Seattle at Chicago

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White Sox 11, Mariners 0

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CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez loves these warm summer nights, when it feels like a sauna outside. It takes him back to his native Cuba.

It's no coincidence that the White Sox infielder is beginning to heat up at the plate.

Ramirez, Andruw Jones and Paul Konerko homered, powering Gavin Floyd and Chicago to an 11-0 victory over the woeful Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"The team is inspired," Ramirez said through an interpreter. "Everyone just wants to win every day."

Ramirez finished with three hits and three RBI and Jones also drove in three for the White Sox, who led 8-0 after three innings. A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-out, two-run single in Chicago's four-run first against Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Ramirez, who also singled in a run in the first, is 8 for 12 with five RBI in his last three games, including six hits in consecutive games against Seattle.

In addition to consistent video work and knowing the opposing pitcher, "The weather is a big factor," Ramirez said. "Just feel really comfortable hitting in really warm weather."

The Mariners dropped to 1-7 against the White Sox this season and have lost 18 of their last 24 games overall. They were shut out for the seventh time and are last in the majors in several offensive categories.

It was Seattle's worst loss of the season.

"There's no way that we should be this bad," catcher Josh Bard said.

Floyd (6-8) allowed four hits in seven innings, improving to 4-2 with a sparkling 1.04 ERA in his last 10 starts. The 6-foot-6 right-hander hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in a game since he lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to Texas on June 2.

"I feel like I'm going out there and having conviction every pitch, not concerned about the results," Floyd said. "I just try to go out there and make a pitch and whatever happens, happens."

With the trade deadline coming up Saturday, the White Sox made another strong argument to stay the course, albeit against the struggling Mariners. The AL Central leaders have won nine straight home games, their longest such streak since 2008, and 16 of 17 overall at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rowland-Smith (1-10) allowed all 11 runs, tying a franchise record by a starting pitcher, and 11 hits in five innings. He has yielded at least five earned runs in each of his last three games.

"Just leaving the ball up quite a bit and it cost me," he said.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said the team will have a discussion about Rowland-Smith's spot in the rotation before making a decision about his role.

"It's frustrating for all of us," Wakamatsu said. "I know it's extremely frustrating for him because he goes out there and tries to compete."

Ramirez hit a two-run drive and Konerko connected for his second in two games in Chicago's three-run second. Jones hit a three-run shot in the fifth for his 14th homer and career No. 402.

Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo had two doubles apiece for the White Sox, who finished with 12 hits.

"We've got some guys swinging the bat well," Konerko said, "and this park, when it gets hot, it's good to hit in."

The Mariners welcomed back designated hitter Russell Branyan, who was sidelined with back spasms, but played without center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and lost third baseman Jose Lopez to a tight left hamstring in the second inning.

Wakamatsu said Gutierrez was away from the ballpark to deal with a family issue and should be able to rejoin the team on Wednesday. Lopez is day to day.

Michael Saunders, who normally plays left field, moved over to center and misplayed Viciedo's RBI double in the first, capping Chicago's fast start.

Notes

  • White Sox INF Mark Kotsay, experiencing a bit of hard luck at the plate of late, said he had nothing to do with the pregame burning of two of his bats. "They had it all orchestrated already," a grinning Kotsay said, blaming injured INF Mark Teahen.
  • Mariners DH Mike Sweeney (lower back) took himself out of a Triple-A rehab game Monday but was feeling better Tuesday, according to Wakamatsu.
  • The White Sox announced that former slugger Frank Thomas has agreed to become a team ambassador. The Big Hurt will make appearances for the organization and join its speakers bureau, which includes Carlton Fisk, Minnie Minoso, Ron Kittle, Bill Melton and Bill Skowron.
  • Mariners RHP Shawn Kelley (elbow inflammation) tossed 46 pitches during a bullpen session and could throw a simulated game on Friday.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000012 .307
Chone Figgins, 2B4020001 .233
Russell Branyan, DH4010024 .260
Jose Lopez, 3B1000001 .236
    Jack Wilson, SS3010000 .258
Justin Smoak, 1B4000011 .200
Michael Saunders, CF4010010 .242
Josh Wilson, SS-3B3000021 .261
Josh Bard, C3020000 .203
Ryan Langerhans, LF3000032 .196
Totals33070010  
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Langerhans 1
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Rowland-Smith (L,1-10) 5111111213 6.96
Brian Sweeney 3100010 4.12
WP - Ryan Rowland-Smith (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 82-50, Brian Sweeney 38-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 4-9, Brian Sweeney 2-6
Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 27, Brian Sweeney 10
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, DH2110000 .256
   a- Ramon Castro, PH-DH2000000 .294
Alexei Ramirez, SS4233000 .288
Alex Rios, CF3000011 .308
    Brent Lillibridge, LF1000001 .393
Paul Konerko, 1B4111012 .297
Carlos Quentin, RF3100100 .238
A.J. Pierzynski, C4222000 .240
Dayan Viciedo, 3B4121000 .283
Andruw Jones, LF-CF3213101 .205
Gordon Beckham, 2B4121000 .239
Totals3411121122  
a-grounded out for Pierre in the 6th
Batting
2B - Dayan Viciedo 2 (4, Rowland-Smith, Rowland-Smith), Gordon Beckham 2 (19, Rowland-Smith, Rowland-Smith)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (10, Rowland-Smith), Paul Konerko (23, Rowland-Smith), Andruw Jones (14, Rowland-Smith)
SH - Juan Pierre (12)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez 3 (40), Paul Konerko (69), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (31), Dayan Viciedo (6), Andruw Jones 3 (33), Gordon Beckham (29)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (32), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (15), Dayan Viciedo (3), Andruw Jones 3 (14), Gordon Beckham (8)
SB - Juan Pierre (37, 2nd base off Rowland-Smith/Bard)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Viciedo-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Paul Konerko (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,6-8) 7500060 3.66
Matt Thornton 1200030 2.52
Tony Pena 1000010 4.94
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 82-57, Matt Thornton 16-12, Tony Pena 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 7-7, Tony Pena 2-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 25, Matt Thornton 5, Tony Pena 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26080
Game Time - 2:04
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt