CHICAGO (AP) -- Felix Diaz did something that few pitchers have
been able to do lately. He found a way to shut down Ichiro Suzuki.
Diaz (2-4) allowed one run and five hits -- none to Suzuki -- in six
innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 victory over the
Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
The right-hander, who entered with a 9.09 ERA, got Suzuki to
ground out three times as the White Sox won their third straight.
Suzuki got a single off reliever Jon Adkins in the seventh to go
1-for-4 and give him a major league-leading 224 hits, 33 short of
the all-time single-season record. He has 26 games remaining to
reach the record of 257 hits, set by George Sisler in 1920 with the
St. Louis Browns.
But by the time Suzuki reached base Sunday, Diaz had already set
Making his seventh start, Diaz didn't allow a run until Edgar
Martinez doubled in Randy Winn with two outs in the sixth.
"My pitches were better and I was able to set them up better,"
Diaz said through a translator. "When I came up up (from Triple-A
Charlotte) I had confidence, but maybe then the batters had more
Diaz's previous win was June 26 against the Cubs when he allowed
three runs in six innings He had been 0-3 with two no-decisions
"He threw strikes and changes speeds real well," manager Ozzie
Catcher Jamie Burke added: "The big thing was he was getting
ahead of hitters. He was strong with all his pitches on both sides
of the plate."
Diaz tried to keep his pitches inside against Suzuki. On Sunday,
"He threw fastballs, changeups and sliders," Suzuki said
through a translator.
for the Mariners, who lost their fifth straight. Marte got four
outs for his fifth save.
Seattle starter Jamie Moyer (6-10) allowed five runs in seven
innings in his eighth straight loss. He hasn't won since June 18 at
Pittsburgh, and has seven no-decisions during that span.
"It's mistakes that are getting taken advantage of," Moyers
said. "I made fewer of them today, but they were taken advantage
Borchard gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the second with a
two-run homer that barely cleared the center-field wall. For
Borchard, a switch-hitter, it was his first homer this season from
the right side of the plate.
Konerko's two-run shot -- his 35th -- in the third extended
Chicago's lead to 4-0.
After Martinez's RBI double cut it to 4-1 in the sixth, the
White Sox replied in the bottom of the inning with Jamie Burke's
Juan Uribe hit an RBI double in the eighth to make it 6-1.Game notes
The White Sox swept the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field
this season 6-0. ... Konerko's homer was his third in two games. It
also was the White Sox's 200th homer, giving them 200 or more for
five straight years. The New York Yankees, who have a string of
five 200-plus homer seasons, are the only other team to accomplish
that. ... Despite Diaz's strong start Sunday, Guillen plans to move
him to the bullpen when right-hander Freddy Garcia returnes to
Chicago's rotation this week.
- Home Plate Umpire - Troy Fullwood
- First Base Umpire - Dana Demuth
- Second Base Umpire - Jim Joyce
- Third Base Umpire - Kerwin Danley