CHICAGO - Jeff Clement's first three-hit game as a major leaguer went all for naught as the Seattle Mariners lost their fifth straight, a 13-5 defeat delivered by the Chicago White Sox.
Orlando Cabrera kicked off Chicago's six-run fifth inning with a two-run home run, helping to drop the Mariners to an AL-worst record of 46-78. The White Sox, who took the lead in the AL Central (71-53) when coupling their win with a Minnesota loss, hit four home runs.
Lost in the lopsided setback for Seattle was Clement's first three-hit performance. The Marshalltown native had a ground-rule double to lead off the second inning against White Sox left-hander Mark Buerhle and finished 3-for-5 at the plate.
In 62 career games with the Mariners, Clement has 12 two-hit performances.
Clement did not factor into any of Seattle's five runs, adding singles in the fourth and ninth innings to his torrid month of August. The Mariners' first-round draft pick from 2005 is batting .396 (19-for-48) since flipping the calendar from a July in which he hit .159 (7-for-44). The double was his seventh of the season.
Clement's batting average has improved 66 points since ending July at .165. The left-handed hitting catcher brings a .231 average into tonight's 7:11 p.m. game at U.S. Cellular Field. He's hitting .429 over his last seven games and is batting better against lefties than right-handers this season.
Seattle led Monday's contest 3-0 after the first inning and 4-3 after the top of the fifth, but Chicago's six-run outburst in the bottom half chased starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn (5-13). Cabrera's two-run shot gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
After hitting a grand slam on Sunday, rookie Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Jermaine Dye doubled twice and drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of their last seven games.
Carlos Quentin hit his major league-leading 35th home run in the eighth for Chicago, which lead the majors with 182 homers. They hit four homers for the second straight game.
Yuniesky Betancourt hit a solo homer in the sixth inning for the Mariners.