The only factor that prevented Javier Vazquez from extending his current success Tuesday night was a high pitch count.
But that hardly mattered, as the White Sox's offense supplemented Vazquez's pitching with five home runs to coast to a 13-3 victory at Seattle for their ninth victory in 10 games.
Vazquez pitched six-plus innings of four-hit ball and improved to 2-1. He has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his first four starts with the Sox.
In fact, Vazquez had a streak of 14 scoreless innings but had to be pulled after allowing a walk to Raul Ibanez and a single to Matt Lawton to start the seventh. Both runs scored thanks to rookie Boone Logan's wildness.
Logan pitched three innings to earn his first major league save, which capped a night of enjoyment for the Sox.
The igniter was Vazquez, who allowed five of his 11 earned runs this season in the fifth inning against Toronto on April 14, but has been very dependable otherwise.
"Pitchers always set the tone, and Vazquez has done great every time he's started with us," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's had one bad inning, and besides that, he's thrown well. He's thrown strikes, changed speeds."
Vazquez was pulled after 108 pitches, which Guillen attributed to some tough at-bats early in the game. But Vazquez allowed only one hit through the first four innings and was appreciative that Guillen left him in the game to start the seventh.
"He knows me and has a good idea when I'm tired and not," Vazquez of Guillen, who was the third base coach at Montreal when Vazquez won 16 games in 2001.
The Sox also are getting results from Vazquez that are similar to his days in Montreal and not the past 1 ½ seasons with the New York Yankees and Arizona, where he was a combined 15-20 after making the 2004 American League All-Star team.
"I think he's a better pitcher now than then," said backup catcher Chris Widger, who caught Vazquez in Montreal in the late 1990s. "He has a slider now that he never threw back then. He was just a fastball-curve-change-up guy."
The offense was equally as impressive as the Sox tied a 12-year franchise record for most runs scored in Seattle.
Paul Konerko capped a four-run third by slugging a two-run home run off Seattle starter Joel Pineiro. Konerko's homer was his sixth of the season and his first at Safeco Field since Aug. 1, 2003 -- snapping his longest drought at an AL park.
"It was a little chilly," Dye said. "I was surprised that some of them went out. But guys are squaring up the ball, having good approaches."
Dye's second homer in the eighth landed in the second deck in left field. Dye couldn't remember ever hitting an upper deck homer in a game.
And Guillen was encouraged that the Sox are scoring runs without a big contribution from Jim Thome, who carried them for the first two weeks.
"Now they're carrying Thome's load and we don't have to wait for Thome to hit the home runs," Guillen said. "Now we have people helping him for our offense."