Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Mariners 0
SEATTLE – Four days after being no-hit, the White Sox put up 17 hits Saturday in a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
How it happened: In a rarity, the White Sox played a complete game, getting solid pitching from Gavin Floyd, decent defense and a whole lot of hitting. Floyd gave up just three hits over eight innings and looked more like the pitcher that dominated the Yankees than the one that struggled last time out against the Orioles.
What it means: The White Sox have given signs that they might be ready to reverse their slide, but this looks like the most legitimate one. The team continues to have good at-bats, but is still struggling with the clutch hit. Alexei Ramirez is particularly gruesome at it. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios are having much better at-bats now and even Gordon Beckham looks a little better.
Stat of the game: The White Sox's 17 hits on Saturday were just one less than Opening Day at Cleveland when they had a season-high 18. But they scored 15 runs that day.
Up next: White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-3, 4.37) will take the mound in the finale of the three-game series. He will be opposed by Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard (1-4, 5.23) in the 3:10 p.m. start at Safeco Field.