Thomas hits go-ahead 2-run homer for win

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox will try to hold onto their
AL Central lead without Magglio Ordonez for the next few weeks.

Jon Garland pitched into the eighth inning and Frank Thomas hit
a go-ahead two-run homer, leading the White Sox to a 4-2 victory
over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Ordonez, Chicago's four-time All-Star right fielder, will
undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Chicago on
Saturday. The team thinks he has torn cartilage and will be out
four to six weeks.

But Chicago rookie manager Ozzie Guillen said he's counting on
players such as Thomas and Carlos Lee to pick up the slack.

"They know when you play as a team and you miss the best hitter
we got, they know they have to step up to cover the hole," Guillen
said. "I think we've got enough offense here to do it."

Ordonez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday,
retroactive to May 26. He was injured May 25 against Texas while
swinging at a pitch.

The White Sox ended a two-game losing streak, while the
last-place Mariners lost their third in a row.

Garland (5-2) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk and had
three strikeouts in winning his third straight decision, and fourth
in five.

"He was dynamite," Guillen said of Garland, a 12-game winner
for Chicago each of the past two seasons. "This kid's got a great
arm. He's been great all year long."

Garland faced a Mariners lineup without their best power hitter,
Raul Ibanez.

"I didn't want to be overaggressive and I was locating the ball
a lot better today," Garland said. "If I got behind, I didn't
want to give them too much to hit. So I just went right at 'em."

Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Freddy Garcia (3-4) had a personal two-game winning streak end.
He allowed four runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked
two, hit a batter and struck out seven.

Garcia is eligible to become a free agent after this season and
there has been speculation that he will be traded, possibly to the
White Sox.

"Those are rumors," said Guillen, who describes himself as a
close friend of Garcia. Both are natives of Venezuela. "But I
think every team in baseball would like to have Freddy."

Ibanez, Seattle's left fielder and cleanup hitter, was also
placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring Friday,
and is expected to miss about a month. The move was made
retroactive to Thursday. The Mariners also recalled infielder Ramon
Santiago from Triple-A Tacoma.

With the White Sox trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Thomas, who was
1-for-21 against the Mariners last season, hit his 12th homer into
the White Sox's bullpen in left field after Juan Uribe doubled.
Thomas, 36, came in with a .155 career batting average (9-for-58)
at Safeco Field.

"I don't know how he got it," Garcia said.

"It was really a bad pitch," he added, gesturing with his hand
that the pitch was high and inside.

The White Sox made it 3-1 in the seventh when Jose Valentin
doubled, moved to third on Paul Konerko's groundout and scored on
Timo Perez's single.

Chicago got its fourth run in the eighth when Willie Harris
singled, went to second on Uribe's sacrifice and scored on Carlos
Lee's RBI double. The hit extended Lee's career-high hitting streak
to 20 games.

Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single in the third, and Rich Aurilia
scored on a wild pitch from Damaso Marte in the eighth.

The Mariners are winless in June to fall 15 games under .500 for
the first time since June 30, 1998, when they were 34-49 and the
Kingdome was their home.

"We are just not putting enough pressure on the other team,"
manager Bob Melvin said.

Game notes
The White Sox recalled catcher Jamie Burke from Triple-A
Charlotte to take Ordonez's spot on the 25-man roster. ... Thomas'
homer was the 430th of his career, including 33 against the
Mariners. He has homered three times at Safeco. Thomas' homer was
his 881st career extra-base hit, tying him at No. 48 on the
all-time list with Joe DiMaggio and Joe Carter. ... Suzuki has an
11-game hitting streak. ... The Mariners and the White Sox met for
the first time this season. The Mariners were 7-2 against the White
Sox in 2003.