SEATTLE (AP)—A little trip to Seattle is doing wonders for the Chicago White Sox.
Javier Vazquez (4-3) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings as the White Sox moved into a first-place tie with Minnesota in the AL Central with their third consecutive win and fourth in five games. The Twins lost 5-2 to Boston.
“This is the type of team that can get on a roll and rip off seven or eight wins in a row,” Anderson said.
The Mariners have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11. They’ve scored just seven runs in their last five games.
The White Sox jumped on Jarrod Washburn (2-5) for six runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead.
“It’s always nice to get a lot of runs early in the game,” Vazquez said. “It makes it real easy.”
Anderson hit a three-run homer in the second, his first of the season. Three batters later, Quentin hit a two-run drive, his ninth. Quentin finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
“It feels awesome,” Anderson said. “Even when I’m getting out, I see what I’m doing wrong.”
Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said Anderson will make his third straight start in center field on Sunday. Anderson has started only nine games this season.
“I don’t want to touch the lineup too much,” Guillen said. “I want to stay the same way.”
Washburn threw 37 pitches in the inning, and allowed eight hits and seven runs in five innings.
“I’ve definitely never been in a stretch this bad with a team this good,” Washburn said. “I’ve been on a couple teams that weren’t very good where we had some real rough stretches. But this team is way too good to be going this bad.”
In an effort to revive the offense, the Mariners moved Adrian Beltre to third in the order from fifth, and dropped Raul Ibanez from third to fourth and Jose Lopez from second to fifth. Manager John McLaren said before the game he wanted more punch in the middle of the lineup.
“There were a few games there we didn’t have anything, no fire or anything,” McLaren said after the game. “Tonight, I could tell there was something there. Even trailing 6-0, guys were determined and they did come back.”
Beltre hit his seventh homer in the fourth and added a two-run single in the sixth. Beltre’s single broke an 0-for-19 slump by the Mariners with runners in scoring position. Beltre also improved to 15-for-34 (.441) in his career against Vazquez.
Lopez went 1-for-3 with a triple and a sacrifice fly, and Ibanez went 1-for-4.
Seattle had the tying run at the plate with Beltre up and two outs in the seventh. But second baseman Juan Uribe threw out Ichiro Suzuki as he tried to score after Willie Bloomquist stole second following a pickoff move by Octavio Dotel.
“It was a two-out situation and there is a high probability that the last out in the inning was going to be made at second and that is something that must not happen,” Suzuki said through an interpreter on his decision to run. “So if there was an out to be made in such a situation, it should be at home plate and not at second base.”
Guillen said he understood why the Mariners tried to score on that play.
“We got lucky,” Guillen said. “We called the right play at the right time.”
McLaren thought the aggressive play by Suzuki might work.
“We weren’t trying to steal a run,” McLaren said. “Ichiro saw the ball in the dirt (near second) and he took off. The ball came right up to Uribe and he threw home. We are trying to stay aggressive, but it didn’t work there.”
Anderson, a part-time starter, has hit four of his 11 career homers at Safeco Field. … Seattle 1B Richie Sexson served the first of a five-game suspension for charging the mound Thursday against Texas. It was originally a six-game penalty but was reduced on appeal. … Chicago DH Jim Thome, who homered Friday, didn’t start so he could have extra rest before Sunday’s day game. … Seattle DH Jose Vidro sat out because of back spasms.