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Sox Go For Four-Game Sweep Over Seattle

(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox try for their first 11-game home winning streak in 21 years this evening, when they attempt to complete a four- game sweep of the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago won for the 17th time in its last 18 games at home on Wednesday, as Alex Rios singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the White Sox to a 6-5 victory.

Gordon Beckham clubbed a two-run homer while Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko both hit solo shots for the White Sox, who haven't won 11 straight at home since a 13-game run July 1-Aug. 5, 1989 at Comiskey Park.

Chicago, which erased an early 5-1 deficit, maintained its one-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central standings after the Twins defeated Kansas City earlier Wednesday.

"Offensively we did a lot of great things today," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said afterward. "It's a team to win this game today. There were a lot of things clicking for us."

With another win tonight, the White Sox would have their first four-game home sweep of the Mariners since turning the trick from Sept. 15-18, 1983.

Chone Figgins blasted a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have dropped seven of their last 10 games. Seattle has also lost eight of nine to the White Sox this season.

Getting the call for the White Sox tonight will be righty Freddy Garcia, who is coming off the shortest outing of his career. Garcia absorbed his first loss in seven decisions on Saturday in Oakland, as the A's pounded him for five runs and six hits in just 1 1/3 innings to drop him to 9-4 to go along with a 4.74 ERA.

Garcia, who spent his first five-plus major league seasons in Seattle, is 3-3 with a 5.57 ERA in eight starts against the Mariners.

Seattle will counter with righty David Pauley, who is 0-2 with a 2.18 ERA. Pauley lost his first two starts, but did not get a decision Saturday against Boston despite an impressive showing that saw him surrender one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings of his team's 5-1 loss.

Chicago has won seven straight at home against the Mariners and is 11-1 in its last 12 against them on the South Side of Chicago.