CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 08: Franklin Gutierrez #21 of the Seattle Mariners beats a tag by Alexei Ramirez #10 of the Chicago White Sox to steal 2nd base at U.S. Cellular Field on June 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mariners defeated the White Sox 7-4 in 10 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Sox Fall In Extras, Drop Finale To Mariners

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Comeback Homer By Quentin Not Enough

Gavin Floyd had a mediocre night against Seattle, pitching 6.0 innings and giving up three runs on five hits, and it initially seemed that this start would be enough to doom the Sox to a loss.

That was because Seattle’s pitcher, Jason Vargas, was on all night long, shutting down the White Sox for 7.1 innings. Vargas gave up just one run until he was removed in the bottom of the eighth inning. Fortunately for the Sox, the Seattle relief pitcher was less than stellar on the night. Carlos Quentin blasted a two run homer off of Jamey Wright. This pulled the Sox into a 4-4 tie with Seattle.

The game would remain tied until the tenth inning, when Sergio Santos took to the mound. A bloop double by Justin Smoak, a walk to Adam Kennedy, and a double to Miguel Olivo later, and the Mariners had pulled ahead 6-4. They would add one more run in the inning, which would be all that was needed to secure the 7-4 victory.

The Sox will welcome another AL West team to the Cell starting on Thursday night, when they host the Oakland A’s. First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. Central.

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White Sox Turn To Floyd Looking For A Sweep

After winning the first two games of their series against Seattle behind John Danks and Philip Humber, the White Sox will look to Gavin Floyd to see if they can make it a clean sweep at the Cell.

Gavin Floyd, solid all year, is currently 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He is, though, coming off of a mediocre start against Boston in which he gave up four runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings pitched, while striking out just one. In his last game against Seattle, he pitched 8.0 shutout innings and gave up just three hits and two walks, while striking out six. In that game, Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-4 against Floyd with a stolen base.'

Pitching for Seattle will be Jason Vargas. Vargas is 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the year. In his last start, he threw a complete game shutout against Tampa Bay, giving up just four hits and a walk while also striking out four. In his career against the White Sox, Vargas is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.

The weather in Chicago is expected to be clear and hot, with a game time temperature in the low 90's, and scattered thunderstorms starting in the evening. First pitch will be at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and ROOT Sports.

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