Dye homers twice, Iguchi drives in four runs for White Sox

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox are turning Safeco Field into a hitter's park.

Jermaine Dye hit two home runs and Tadahito Iguchi had a career-high four RBI as the defending World Series champions hit five homers Tuesday night in a 13-3 rout of the Seattle Mariners, Chicago's 14th win in 16 games.

Iguchi, Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered through the chilly Pacific Northwest air to help the White Sox to their biggest regular-season victory margin since a 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs last June 24.

"I was pretty impressed," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The balls don't carry here much.

Javier Vazquez (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings in his second consecutive strong start. It also showed Chicago has power beyond Jim Thome, who has already become the fastest White Sox player to reach nine home runs in a season.

"Now, we don't have to wait for Thome to hit home runs. Other guys are hitting them for him now," Guillen said.

Seattle's Joel Pineiro (2-2) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings, spiking his ERA from 3.96 to 4.97. The Mariners had not lost by 10 or more runs since the Boston Red Sox beat them 13-2 on Sept. 11, 2004.

"They were seeing the ball like it was a basketball," Pineiro said.

One night after the Mariners ended their four-game skid and stopped Chicago's eight-game winning streak, the White Sox took a 4-0 lead off Pineiro in the third when Iguchi hit a two-run double and Konerko hit an changeup over the left-field bullpen and off the out-of-town scoreboard.

"The only redeeming thing about this game is, it's over," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Dye drove a pitch from rookie reliever Bobby Livingston for an opposite-field home run over the right-center wall in the fifth inning. Then in the eighth, he sent a Jake Woods pitch off the facing of the second deck beyond left field for two more runs.

Dye said he's never hit a ball that far in Safeco Field in a game.

"Only in batting practice," he said.

He hit .175 last April in his Chicago debut. He is batting .333 this month.

Crede homered on Pineiro's first pitch of the third. Iguchi hit his second home run of the season in the seventh, a two-run shot off Woods, that was Chicago's 22nd this month from someone other than Thome.

"Our lineup is not necessarily a home-run lineup, but we have guys who are strong enough," Dye said. "Thome and Konerko are established home run guys, but everyone else is a line-drive guy."

After Vazquez left, rookie Boone Logan hit former Sox designated hitter Carl Everett in the leg with a 3-2 pitch in the seventh, then forced in Seattle's first run with a walk to Adrian Beltre.
What remained of the 20,451 originally in attendance stood and gave
a prolonged, mock cheer.

Guillen came out to the mound to admonish his 21-year-old
left-hander to throw strikes. Logan did over most of the final
three innings for his first career save.

Game notes
Dye's multihomer game was his first since last Aug. 30 in the second game of a doubleheader at Texas. ... Konerko's home run was first in Safeco Field since Aug. 1, 2003. That was his longest drought among AL parks. ... In the first 19 games, Chicago pitchers hit two batters. On Tuesday, they hit four -- to tie Seattle's record for hit batsmen in a game. ... Seven of the 10
lowest-attended games in Safeco Field history have come this month.
... Opponents have outhomered Seattle 21-9 this season at Safeco.
The last opponent to hit at least five in a game here was Cleveland
with eight homers on July 16, 2004. ... C Kenji Johjima started for
the first time in three games, as Hargrove had promised, and broke
an 0-for-11 skid with a fifth inning single. Hargrove said he
wanted Johjima to rest a sore left thumb. ... Livingston made his
major league debut and struck out his first batter, Thome. He then
allowed five hits, four runs and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. "I
was amped the whole time," Livingston said. "Oh, well. I got the
first one under my belt."