Sale attempts to pitch ChiSox to series win in MinnesotaJun 27, 2012 - 12:59 PM
Losers by a 4-1 decision in Monday's opener, the White Sox pulled even Tuesday when Gavin Floyd threw seven scoreless innings in a 3-2 triumph.
Floyd (6-7) scattered five hits and struck out nine without issuing a walk. Addison Reed allowed two runs in the ninth, but survived to notch his 10th save of the season.
"I think at first I was a bit off, but as the game got on I felt like my command got better," Floyd said. "I had a better feel for everything."
Alex Rios clubbed a two-run home run among his two hits and scored twice, while Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with an RBI single for the ChiSox.
Jamey Carroll slapped a two-run single in defeat for the Twins, who had their modest two-game winning streak stopped. Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham added hits.
Liam Hendriks (0-5) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Sale, the 13th overall pick by Chicago out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2010, debuted in the majors with 21 relief appearances that year and made 58 trips out of the bullpen last season.
He was moved to the rotation this year and has responded with success, winning five decisions in seven starts since dropping a 5-0 verdict to Kansas City on May 12.
Sale downed the Twins in win No. 2 of the streak, tossing seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball in a 6-0 victory.
In nine career meetings with Minnesota, Sale has allowed one run on seven hits in 16 innings, posting a stingy 0.56 earned run average and allowing a .130 opposition batting average.
He'll be opposed by 30-year-old righty Nick Blackburn, who's won four straight decisions since last losing on May 6.
That loss, his fourth of the season, came via 5-2 decision after he allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings against Seattle.
Since, he's beaten Toronto, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Cincinnati across six outings - including the 5-4 defeat of the Reds on June 22 in which he allowed four runs on five hits in five innings.
Blackburn has faced the White Sox 18 previous times and is 9-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 107 innings.
The teams split 18 games last season and the White Sox have not won a season series with the Twins since 2005. Earlier in 2012, Chicago took the final two games of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field in May.
- CHICAGO: 12
Jun 27 4:00 PM
- Brian Dozier grounded into a fielder's choice to third scoring Chris Parmelee with two out. On the play, Ryan Doumit advances to second and Trevor Plouffe tagged out at third. Runners on first and second and Jamey Carroll due up.
White Sox 12, Twins 5 Bot 9, 2 OutsJun 27 3:58 PM
- Ben Revere lined out to short. None on with two outs and Joe Mauer due up.
White Sox 12, Twins 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 27 3:36 PM
- A.J. Pierzynski sacrifice fly out to right scored Tyler Flowers with two out. Runners on first and second and and Alexei Ramirez due up.
White Sox 12, Twins 2 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 27 3:23 PM
- Alex Rios single to center scored Eduardo Escobar with one out. On the play, Adam Dunn advances to second and Tyler Flowers advances to third. Bases loaded and A.J. Pierzynski due up.
White Sox 11, Twins 2 Top 8, 1 OutJun 27 3:21 PM
- Orlando Hudson grounded into a double play, second to short to first to end the inning. On the play, Jordan Danks out at second.
White Sox 10, Twins 2 Mid 7Jun 27 3:05 PM
- Ben Revere sacrifice fly out to left scored Denard Span with one out. None on and Joe Mauer due up.
White Sox 9, Twins 2 Bot 6, 1 OutJun 27 2:46 PM
- Adam Dunn single to left scored Eduardo Escobar with two out. On the play, Kevin Youkilis advances to second. Runners on first and second and Alex Rios due up.
White Sox 9, Twins 1 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 27 2:41 PM
- Kevin Youkilis single to left center scored Orlando Hudson with two out. On the play, Eduardo Escobar advances to third. Runners on first and third and Adam Dunn due up.
White Sox 8, Twins 1 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 27 2:39 PM
- Alejandro De Aza single to right scored Alexei Ramirez with one out. On the play, Orlando Hudson advances to second. Runners on first and second and Eduardo Escobar due up.
White Sox 7, Twins 1 Top 6, 1 OutJun 27 2:35 PM
- Brian Dozier two-out, solo Home Run (3) to left. Jamey Carroll due up.
White Sox 6, Twins 1 Bot 5, 2 OutsJun 27 2:26 PM
- Alex Rios two-out, solo Home Run (10) to left center. A.J. Pierzynski due up.
White Sox 6, Twins 0 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 27 2:19 PM
- Adam Dunn two-out, three-run Home Run (24) to left scored Alejandro De Aza and Kevin Youkilis. Alex Rios due up.
White Sox 5, Twins 0 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 27 2:18 PM
- Kevin Youkilis double to right center scored Eduardo Escobar with one out. On the play, Youkilis thrown out at third. None on and Adam Dunn due up.
White Sox 2, Twins 0 Top 3, 1 OutJun 27 1:47 PM
- Alexei Ramirez reached first on Brian Dozier's fielding error scoring Alex Rios with one out. Runner on first and Jordan Danks due up.
White Sox 1, Twins 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 27 1:31 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 27 1:11 PM
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