White Sox on ropes after lopsided loss to Mariners

CHICAGO (AP) -- An angry Ozzie Guillen watched his team waste an
opportunity to gain ground in their increasingly futile bid for the
AL wild-card berth.

The defending World Series champions lost for the sixth time in
seven games, the latest defeat 9-0 to the Seattle Mariners on
Thursday night.

"Right now I feel embarrassed. My team should feel embarrassed.
People are paying to watch us play and that was pathetic," Guillen
said. "If we keep playing like that they better start packing

Chicago has lost six of seven and has just about run out of
time, with only nine games remaining. The White Sox are six games
behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central, and 5 games behind
Minnesota in the wild-card race. The Tigers and Twins both lost

Raul Ibanez drove in three runs and Adrian Beltre hit a
ninth-inning grand slam for Seattle, but the White Sox had two key
errors, including a play in the eighth where Guillen thought first
baseman Paul Konerko deserved a second error.

Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said a team meeting isn't
necessary after Thursday's performance.

"What is going to be said now? We pretty much know where we
stand. Let's be honest, there is nothing that can be said that we
don't know," he said. "You can have all the meetings you want. It
doesn't matter. Your six out with nine to play, chances aren't so
good, let's be honest."

Seattle's Jake Woods (6-3) allowed five hits over seven innings
in his sixth start of the season. Joel Pineiro finished with
perfect relief.

"I'm definitely happy with the way I threw," Woods said. "You
can't complain with seven innings and no runs and on my part no
walks which has been a big problem for me lately."

Javier Vazquez (11-10) struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings but
allowed five runs -- three earned -- and seven hits. Vazquez is 0-4
in eight starts since beating the New York Yankees on Aug. 2,
matching the longest winless streak of his career, yet he has a
2.93 earned-run average in his last six starts, going 0-2 in that span.

"It's a shame to see him pitch the way he pitched and we don't
do anything right," Guillen said. "The way we played today was
real pathetic."

Chicago was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and
shortstop Juan Uribe made a key error in the second inning.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Chris Snelling
hit a popup that became difficult because of a gust of wind. Uribe
failed to make the catch, appearing to get distracted by third
baseman Joe Crede, and Richie Sexson scored from second for a 1-0

Ibanez hit his 29th homer -- and 1,000th hit -- in the seventh,
and Konerko's throwing error led to a three-run eighth.

With a runner on first, Ichiro Suzuki grounded to Konerko, who
made a wide throw to second that pulled Uribe off the bag. Beltre
singled to load the bases then Kenji Johjima forced in a run when
he walked with a 3-2 count. Ibanez then hit a two-run single off
Neal Cotts that went by Konerko.

"That should be an error not a base hit," Guillen said. "I
don't know if (official scorer Bob Rosenberg) is getting old or
watching stupid games, I don't know what he is doing."

The grand slam was the seventh of Beltre's career and his first
since Aug. 17, 2005, against Kansas City.

Game notes
White Sox LF Pablo Ozuna was hit on the helmet by a pitch
from Woods in the third and left after the inning. ... Mariners LHP
Ryan Feierabend is scheduled to make his first major league start
Sunday. He replaces LHP Jarrod Washburn, who is out for the season
with a strained right calf muscle.