SEATTLE - Dayan Viciedo was not in the starting lineup when the White Sox played the Mariners late Saturday night. With John Danks pitching a three-hit shutout, he wasn't needed.
Fans have been waiting all season for somebody to give the Sox' pitter-patter lineup a jolt. Viciedo, a 22-year-old Cuban who batted .297 with 20 homers and 78 RBI for AAA Charlotte, is viewd as the savior everyone has waited for. And he knows it, too.
"I heard about it and that made me feel good,'' Viciedo said before the Sox defeated the Mariners 3-0 for their second straight victory.
With Danks (6-9) striking out 10 and being in complete control, the Sox had no need for Viciedo - although Seattle right-hander Michael Pineda allowed only three hits while striking out eight and walking one over six innings.
After Pineda opened with three perfect innings, Juan Pierre, Alejandro De Aza and Paul Konerko hit consecutive singles to make it 1-0 in the fourth. Alexei Ramirez scored De Aza with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The Sox did not have another hit until De Aza hit his second home run of the season in the eighth against reliever Chance Ruffin.
The Sox (65-65) stayed within seven games of the first place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
They go for the series sweep as they complete a five-game road trip on Sunday.