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Seattle now 20 games below .500

CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Lee is starting to find his power stroke
just in time for the Chicago White Sox.

Lee homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jon Garland
pitched seven solid innings to lead Chicago over the slumping
Seattle Mariners 6-2 Friday night.

With slugger Frank Thomas headed to the disabled list, the White
Sox need some big hits from Lee -- and he's beginning to deliver.
Lee has three homers in two games and has hit four of his nine home
runs in the last week.

"I had a great approach going the other way, but I couldn't get
to the inside pitch as well. Now that I got it I just have to keep
on working on it," Lee said. "Just don't try to do too much,
swing at strikes and let the bat do it."

The Mariners have lost a season-high seven straight games. At
32-52, Seattle is 20 games below .500 for the first time since Aug.
5, 1994. They've also lost 10 straight on the road.

Seattle manager Bob Melvin doesn't think the Mariners are
getting complacent.

"It's dangerous to just go through the motions and I don't
think we were," Melvin said.

Magglio Ordonez went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Chicago in his
first game since coming off the disabled list. The All-Star slugger
missed 36 games after tearing cartilage in his left knee.

"Not too many players come out like that on live pitching,"
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Hopefully, he can continue
to do that and make my lineup stronger."

The White Sox learned before the game they will lose Thomas to
an injury. Chicago plans to put Thomas on the 15-day disabled list
Saturday because of inflammation in his left ankle.

"We are going to miss his bat. Frank is one of the best hitters
in the game," Ordonez said.

Garland (7-5) allowed just one run and four hits. He struck out
three and walked two. Damaso Marte and Shingo Takatsu finished the
seven-hitter.

"We pitched good and we hit the ball, that's a good
combination," Garland said.

Ordonez didn't waste any time making an impact for the White
Sox, putting them ahead with an RBI double in the third inning. Lee
followed with a two-run homer to left for a 3-0 lead.

Joel Pineiro gave up back-to-back singles to Aaron Rowand and
Ordonez in the seventh. Lee then hit a three-run homer into the
left-field stands.

It was Lee's sixth career multihomer game.

"I've got no excuses. I felt great until two outs in the
seventh inning," Pineiro said. "I knew I had to throw a good
pitch to get out of that inning and it's a 3-1 ballgame. It's
tough."

Pineiro (4-10) pitched seven innings, allowing six runs and nine
hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

Seattle's seven-game losing streak is its longest since dropping
eight straight Aug. 8-20, 2000.

Jolbert Cabrera touched up Garland in the fifth with a solo
homer to left on a 2-1 pitch. It was Cabrera's third of the season.

Garland pitched out of a jam in the seventh. With runners on
second and third and one out, Garland got Cabrera to hit a grounder
to third and Joe Crede threw out Scott Spiezio at the plate.

Garland then walked pinch-hitter Dave Hansen, but got Dan Wilson
to fly out on the first pitch to end the inning.

Randy Winn homered off Marte in the eighth.

Game notes
Ordonez received a standing ovation from the crowd before
his first at-bat. He will take Thomas' place as Chicago's
designated hitter for the three-game series. ... Seattle RF Ichiro
Suzuki is expected to get a day off Saturday. ... The White Sox
plan to recall outfielder Joe Borchard from Triple-A Charlotte on
Saturday.