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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Mariners 1

6/8/2011

CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: Philip Humber was brilliant yet again, doing what was expected against the struggling Mariners offense. Humber gave up one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Paul Konerko got the White Sox offense going with a solo home run in the second inning. In the third, 44-year old Omar Vizquel came through with a two-run triple and Carlos Quentin followed with a two-run home run off the left-field foul pole against Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

What it means: Humber isn’t an ace like Tim Lincecum, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay or CC Sabathia, but he has emerged as the White Sox’s staff ace in just over two months. How long this continues remains to be seen but he has shown no signs of letting up. He has thrown 75 1/3 innings already this season and it’s still early June. He threw just over 140 innings last season between Triple-A and the major leagues and had a career high 148 in 2008.

Stat of the game: Konerko’s home run gave him an RBI in eight consecutive games, one off his career best of nine games, set in July of 2000. Konerko is one of four White Sox players with two RBI streaks of seven games or more in the same season along with Albert Belle (1998), George Bell (1992) and Zeke Bonura (1937).

Up next: White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (6-5, 3.84 ERA) will pitch in the series finale. The Mariners will counter with left-hander Jason Vargas (3-3, 4.50) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.