John Danks combined with two relievers on atwo-hitter and Alexei Ramirez homered, helping the Chicago WhiteSox beat the woeful Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Tuesday.
Danks (10-7) allowed Casey Kotchman's infield single in thesecond and Ichiro Suzuki's two-out single in the eighth on hisfinal pitch of the night. He struck out eight and walked four, thengot a dugout bear hug from manager Ozzie Guillen as Chicagoincreased its lead in the AL Central to a season-high 3½ games overDetroit and Minnesota.
J.J. Putz got the final out of the eighth and Bobby Jenkspitched a perfect ninth in his first appearance since he failed torecord an out on Sunday, when he was charged with four runs in aloss at Minnesota.
Even with hot-hitting slugger Carlos Quentin resting his bruisedright hand, the White Sox have added two games to their lead in twonights following a three-game skid. The potentially crushing lossSunday against the Twins, in which they blew a three-run lead inthe ninth, is already a distant memory thanks to this get-well tripto Seattle.
The White Sox are baseball-best 28-8 since June 9.
The Mariners lost for the 14th time in 17 games and plummeted toa season-low 22 games under .500.
Chicago went in front in the fourth. Alex Rios drew a leadoffwalk against Doug Fister (3-6), advanced to third on Paul Konerko'sdouble and scored on Mark Kotsay's groundout.
The game was essentially over when Juan Pierre doubled homeRamirez with one out into the fifth, making it 2-0.
Seattle has scored two runs or less 44 times in 94 games thisseason. The Mariners managed just one run in Monday's loss.
Danks dominated - and the Mariners disintegrated - from there.
The left-hander has sandwiched a two-hit shutout and Tuesday'swork around allowing six runs in a wild win last week at Minnesota.
Seattle, meanwhile, watched Jose Lopez shuffle down the line ona hard smash that Omar Vizquel snared. The soft, looping throwacross the diamond beat Lopez by multiple steps.
"You still got it, Omar! You still got it!" a vendor in thelow box seats yelled to the 43-year-old former Mariner as Vizquelreturned to the dugout.
Then with one out in the seventh, Kotchman hit a soft, brokenbat liner that shortstop Ramirez easily caught. Ramirez seemedsurprised to see Milton Bradley had run to second base. Bradley wasstanding on second as Ramirez threw to first for the inexplicabledouble play. The inning abruptly ended, the home crowd of 21,366booed and Bradley tossed his batting helmet across the infield.
How sad is it in Seattle? The fans' only excitement and roarcame when a young man ran onto the field before the bottom of theninth inning. Security tackled the guy in short left field. Asheriff's deputy quickly handcuffed him and escorted him throughthe outfield and out of a gate - to more roars.
NOTES: Guillen said he likely will rest Quentin until Friday atOakland. He said the right fielder felt fine, but the manager wantshim to have four full days off, including Thursday's travel day. Hehurt the hand in the sixth inning Sunday at Minnesota. ... ManagerDon Wakamatsu said his Mariners are likely to be without leadingslugger Russell Branyan for a couple more days. Branyan leftMonday's game with back spasms.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times