(Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle tries to lead the Chicago White Sox to their 10th straight home win this evening when they resume their four-game series against the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.
Buehrle has been a big reason behind the White Sox' recent surge to the top of the American League Central standings. The left-hander won for the sixth time in his last eight starts with a complete-game effort on Friday in Oakland, as he allowed a run and four hits to nail down the victory.
"As a starting pitcher, you're going to have so many good ones and then you're going to have bad ones throughout the year," Buehrle said. "I think I had so many bad ones at the beginning, I'm due to go on a little streak here and have a good one. Just keep it going."
Buehrle, who is 7-4 lifetime against the Mariners, is 9-8 on the year and his recent streak has lowered his earned run average from 5.40 to 3.96. He is also 6-0 with a 3.34 ERA in eight home starts versus Seattle.
Chicago continued to dominate the Mariners on Tuesday, as Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Andruw Jones each homered, and Gavin Floyd threw seven scoreless frames to lead the White Sox to an 11-0 rout.
Floyd (6-8) did not walk a batter in his outing, allowing only five hits while striking out six. The starter has allowed one earned run or less in all but one of his last 10 outings, lowering his earned-run average from 6.64 to 3.66.
Ramirez had three hits and drove in three, A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Dayan Viciedo doubled twice and drove in a run for the Sox, who last won 10 in a row at home from April 15-May 4, 2006.
Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-10) gave up all 11 runs in five innings on 11 hits and two walks for the Mariners, who have lost four of their last six.
Seattle is also just 1-7 against the White Sox this season and a mere 7-25 in the Windy City since the start of the 2004 campaign.
Hoping to reverse that trend tonight will be surprising left-hander Jason Vargas, who is 6-5 with a 2.94 ERA. Vargas lost to Boston on Friday but pitched well, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Vargas has faced the White Sox twice (one start) without getting a decision, but has pitched to a 2.45 ERA in the limited time against them.