Castro powers surging White Sox to win

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The red-hot Chicago White Sox stretched their home winning streak to 11 games with a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners Thursday.

Ramon Castro led the way with two home runs as the A.L. Central-leading White Sox continued their dominance at their home ballpark, where they have not lost in more than a month.

Chicago starter Freddy Garcia (10-4) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings to get the win.

The Mariners (39-64) scored two runs in the seventh to pull within 7-5, but Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin homered in the bottom half of the inning to clinch a four-game sweep for the White Sox (57-44).

"We're playing well right now but we have to play well - Minnesota is playing well too," Konerko told reporters after launching his 25th home run of the season.

"We're getting to the point in the season where it's not really about the games we win or what our record is.

Chicago had trailed Minnesota by more than nine games in the division in early June, but have won 33 of 44 games since June 9.

Ichiro Suzuki had three doubles to lead the Mariners' offense but starter David Pauley lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed four runs.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, Editing by Steve Ginsburg/Greg Stutchbury)