Chicago at Seattle

W: G. Floyd (12-10) L: J. Vargas (7-12)
HR: CHW - D. Viciedo (1),T. Flowers (2)   SEA - J. Bard (2)

White Sox 9, Mariners 3 wire reports

SEATTLE -- Dayan Viciedo's sudden impact in the White Sox lineup only makes it seem as if he should have been called up sooner.

Not that this is Ozzie Guillen's primary concern.

Viciedo homered and the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 Sunday to complete a series sweep.

Viciedo put up strong numbers in Charlotte, batting .297 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI this year. He was up with the White Sox for 38 games in 2010 and hit five home runs with 13 RBI while batting .308.

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"I don't give a [darn] what people say," Guillen said. "People out there have their opinion and that's their job to talk. Nothing I can do about it."

"In the time they wanted that kid here, I [didn't] have any place for him. We had to make a trade or release somebody."

Viciedo was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday when the White Sox placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list.

Guillen said Saturday that Viciedo is up with the team to play, not to sit on the bench.

"It's not a secret this kid can play," Guillen said. "I think over the last two years he put himself in a great position to play in the big leagues. Now it's an opportunity for him. I've said in the past if he's here, I'll play him. He's here. He's playing."

The newly promoted right fielder singled in his first at-bat, then homered over the right-center field fence off Jason Vargas (7-12) the next time up. He drew a walk in the sixth inning to load the bases. Tyler Flowers took advantage and hit a grand slam into the White Sox bullpen in left field to give Chicago a 7-0 lead and helped Gavin Floyd (12-10) cruise to victory.

"It feels really good," Viciedo said through a translator. "All the conditioning and all the work that I've been doing, to get three RBI and a home run felt really good."

Vargas faced Viciedo in two at-bats last season with Viciedo going 1 for 2 with a single and strikeout. Vargas remembered the encounter but didn't think it had anything to do with the outcome of today's at-bats.

"I think I faced him a couple times last year, but you don't really need a book when you throw it down the middle," Vargas said.

The White Sox scored six times in the sixth after Paul Konerko and Alex Rios led off with singles and Viciedo drew a one-out walk that loaded the bases. Flowers cleared them with a shot into the White Sox bullpen in left field.

Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre got hits to chase Vargas, and Brent Lillibridge and Konerko followed with two more singles off reliever Josh Lueke to drive in a pair and give the White Sox a 9-0 lead.

Floyd blanked the Mariners on just two hits over the first seven innings. Kyle Seager reached on a strikeout to start the eighth as Floyd's wild pitch careened to the backstop, and Josh Bard ended the Mariners' 21-inning scoreless streak with a two-run home run off the foul pole in right field.

"He threw very well," Guillen said of Floyd. "He got himself in trouble once, but like I said strikes are the key to the game. The last two games he's pitched very well."

Singles from Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez forced Floyd from the game. After a single by Dustin Ackley loaded the bases, Will Ohman struck out Casper Wells and got Adam Kennedy to line out.

Bard added an RBI groundout in the ninth.


Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Tacoma. Smoak broke his nose when a groundball caught him in the face. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 13. ... Chicago heads home to begin a three-game series with the Twins. Mark Buehrle (10-6) will face Kevin Slowey (0-2) in the series opener on Monday. ... Seattle will open a four-game set with the Angels Monday with Blake Beavan (3-4) taking the mound against Joel Pineiro (5-6).

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Players of the Game

J. Bard
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

D. Viciedo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF3110101 .286
    Alejandro De Aza, LF1000010 .304
Brent Lillibridge, 1B5011022 .253
Paul Konerko, DH4231000 .316
   a- Donny Lucy, PH-DH1000000 .200
Alex Rios, CF5110013 .214
Alexei Ramirez, SS5120002 .261
Dayan Viciedo, RF3223111 .667
Tyler Flowers, C4114012 .273
Brent Morel, 3B4000011 .252
Gordon Beckham, 2B4120000 .235
a-grounded out for Konerko in the 9th
2B - Gordon Beckham (14, Vargas)
HR - Dayan Viciedo (1, Vargas), Tyler Flowers (2, Vargas)
RBI - Brent Lillibridge (27), Paul Konerko (88), Dayan Viciedo 3 (3), Tyler Flowers 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brent Lillibridge (14), Paul Konerko (32)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,12-10) 7.1522061 4.36
Will Ohman 0.2100010 4.04
Josh Kinney 0.1111100 3.38
Matt Thornton 0.2000010 3.28
HBP - Gutierrez (by Gavin Floyd)
WP - Gavin Floyd (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 109-71, Will Ohman 15-12, Josh Kinney 17-8, Matt Thornton 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 9-8, Josh Kinney 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 29, Will Ohman 3, Josh Kinney 3, Matt Thornton 2
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5020001 .274
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3020001 .227
Dustin Ackley, 2B4010032 .282
Casper Wells, DH4000024 .258
Adam Kennedy, 1B4000003 .233
Brendan Ryan, SS3100100 .258
Kyle Seager, 3B4110010 .308
Josh Bard, C4113000 .206
Trayvon Robinson, LF4000021 .281
HR - Josh Bard (2, Floyd)
RBI - Josh Bard 3 (10)
SB - Franklin Gutierrez (12, 2nd base off Floyd/Flowers)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Ryan-Ackley-Kennedy
Seattle Mariners
Jason Vargas (L,7-12) 5.21099222 4.52
Josh Lueke 2.1300040 8.10
Brandon League 1000010 3.04
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 101-66, Josh Lueke 37-26, Brandon League 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 6-8, Josh Lueke 1-2, Brandon League 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 28, Josh Lueke 10, Brandon League 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25630
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings