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August 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. White Sox, Aug. 28: Mariners lose, 9-3

A pretty dreary day for the Mariners all the way around, as the White Sox complete a three-game sweep.
WHITE SOX NINTH: League retires the White Sox in order. M’s will now try to score at least seven off new pitcher Josh Kinney. 9-2 White Sox.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The M’s finally got on the scoreboard, ending a 21-inning drought on Josh Bard’s two-run homer off the foul pole in right. They loaded the bases with one out and knocked out Floyd, but Wells struck out and Kennedy hit a soft liner to second off Will Ohman. 9-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX EIGHTH: Lueke restores some order with a 1-2-3 innings, the first for the White sox since the first inning. 9-0 White Sox.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The M’s continue to go down meekly against Floyd. They don’t have a hit since Ichiro’s third-inning single. Five hits and no runs in the last two games. 21 consecutive scoreless innings. 9-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX SIXTH: The game completely got out of hand as 11 White Sox hitters came to the plate, and six scored. The big hit was Tyler Flowers’ first career grand slam. 9-0 White Sox.
MARINERS FIFTH: Floyd got two nice plays from second baseman Gordon Beckham to take away hits from Ryan and Seager. He’s working on a two-hitter through five innings, on the heels of John Danks’ three-hit shutout on Saturday. What happened to those potent Mariner bats we saw in Cleveland? They haven’t scored for 19 innings. 3-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX FIFTH: A well-turned 6-4-3 double play gets Vargas out of the inning after a one-out walk to Juan Pierre. 3-0 White Sox.
MARINERS FOURTH: That’s 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Mariners, who go 1-2-3, with whiffs by Ackley and Wells. 3-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX FOURTH: So much for the scoreless tie. That disappeared with one swing by Dayan Viciedo, just called up on Saturday from Triple-A and playing his first game this season. He ripped a three-run homer to center to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Viciedo had 20 homers in AAA and five last year with the White Sox in 104 at-bats.
MARINERS THIRD: Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a line-drive single to center with two outs. He’s hitting .362 during the streak. But Gutierrez lined out to right to end the inning. 0-0.
WHITE SOX THIRD: Vargas gives up a one-out double to Gordon Beckham but works out of it. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s go down 1-2-3 against Gavin Floyd. That’s 16 consecutive scoreless innings for the Mariners, who haven’t scored since the fourth inning on Friday. 0-0.
WHITE SOX SECOND:Vargas gave up a two-out bloop single to Dayan Viciedo, then got Tyler Flowers on a towering fly that drifted to the track in center field. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s squander a scoring chance after Franklin Gutierrez singles with one out and steals second. Dustin Ackley struck out looking, and Casper Wells popped out. 0-0.
WHITE SOX FIRST: Vargas needed just five pitches to get through the first inning. I like the pace so far. 0-0.
The Mariners try to avoid the sweep against Chicago before the Angels come in for four games. Pitching matchups: Blake Beavan (3-4, 4.14) vs. Joel Pineiro (5-6, 5.37) on Monday, Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 8.44) vs. Jerome Williams (1-0, 4.82) on Tuesday, Felix Hernandez (12-11, 3.37) vs. Dan Haren (13-7, 3.19) on Wednesday, Charlie Furbush (3-6, 4.87) vs. Ervin Santana (9-9, 3.17) on Thursday.
The Mariners will be happy to be done with the White Sox. After going 1-9 against them last year, they are 2-6 this seasn.

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