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Lillibridge homer helps White Sox tip Mariners

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SEATTLE - Brent Lillibridge had an Adam Dunn kind of game --when Dunn was stringing together 40-homer seasons, not struggling to hit .170 as he is this year.

Lillibridge, playing first base with Dunn on the bench against Mariners lefty starter Charlie Furbush, was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts but also hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the Sox' 4-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

"This kid is all or nothing,'' Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every time we put him out there he does something to help us win a game.''

The result enabled the Sox (64-65) to stay within seven games of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1.

Jake Peavy (6-6) pitched six solid innings, leaving with a 4-2 lead after scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out eight.

"He wasn't very sharp but he did what he had to do,'' Guillen said. "We're happy to win the game.''

It's hard to imagine that Lillibridge, a $430,000 a year bargain, outslugging Dunn, a $12 million bust. Lillibridge, with 12 homers, has earned $35,833 per homer. With 11, Dunn has earned $1,090,909 a pop.

"This kid can help himself to make a few dollars because he can do everything - play the outfield, all the infield positions, run very fast and hit the ball out of the park once in a while,'' Guillen said.

Lillibridge, who is from Bothell, Wash., celebrated the homer during the fifth against Furbush by pointing to his cheering family sitting in the 23rd row behind home plate.

The Sox offense went silent after that, the only hit a blooper down the right-field line by Tyler Flowers, who would get picked off by Tom Wilhelmsen.

Matt Thornton got two outs, Jesse Crain got four and left-hander Chris Sale pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save.
The Sox could have made it easier on Sale because they loaded the bases in the ninth with nobody out and didn't score. Lillibridge and Paul Konerko flied out to short right and Alex Rios grounded out to second against former Sox Jeff Gray.

"Put it this way: That's White Sox baseball,'' Guillen said. "That's the White Sox disease. We don't put games away.''

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