for this game

White Sox take 1st game against Twins

Jul 16, 2010 - 4:48 AM By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Ozzie Guillen has made no secret of his admiration for the Minnesota Twins over the years.

The outspoken Chicago White Sox manager loves how the Twins have done all the little things right, relying on pitching, defense and fundamentals to wear opponents down en route to five division titles this decade.

Seven years into his tenure, Guillen finally has his team playing like those pesky Twins of old, and to fantastic results.

Gordon Beckham had a home run and two RBIs and John Danks recovered from his worst inning of the season to help the White Sox win their ninth game in a row, 8-7 over the Twins on Thursday night.

Danks (9-7) gave up six runs on six hits in the second inning, but only allowed three hits in his other five scoreless innings and the White Sox did all the little things right to push the slumping Twins 4 1/2 games behind them in the AL Central.

"We've been playing good baseball," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a former Twin. "We've been catching the ball, we've been pitching, just doing things right. We've kind of been playing Twins baseball. Just catching the ball and throwing strikes and doing what we need to do to win."

Bobby Jenks picked up his 20th save in 21 chances. He struck out Orlando Hudson with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, then gave up an RBI-single to Delmon Young in the ninth before getting Jim Thome looking to end the game.

Chicago perfectly executed four hit-and-runs, bunted runners over and played superb defense for their 26th win in the last 31 games.

"When you're up against those guys you try to shut them down as quick as you can," Guillen said. "That's the only way to beat them. We all know how they play the game. We all know how they don't give up."

The Twins lost for the seventh time in nine games and suffered through another terrible outing by their starting pitcher. Kevin Slowey was tagged for five runs on nine hits in three innings and Alex Burnett (1-2) gave up three more runs in relief.

"It wasn't a very good performance," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Slowey. "He didn't get the ball where he wanted to. He was up in the zone."

Juan Pierre had three hits and an RBI and Alex Rios added two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox.

Joe Mauer had three hits and three RBIs and J.J. Hardy chipped in two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

These two teams were headed in opposite directions going into the break, with the White Sox going 25-5 to take a half-game lead in the division. It's been a startling turnaround for a team that was 24-33 and 9 1/2 games down on June 8.

The White Sox scratched their way to a 4-0 lead early thanks to three sacrifice flies and Beckham's solo homer that reached the second deck in left field.

"I've been struggling and searching for it a lot more than I've been comfortable out there lately," Slowey said.

The Twins responded in the bottom of the second inning, scoring six runs on six hits, including Joe Mauer's bases loaded double down the third baseline that gave them a 6-4 lead.

But Danks settled down after that facing just one more batter than the minimum while the White Sox climbed back into the game. Beckham had an RBI-single in the fourth and A.J. Pierzynski's two-run double highlighted Chicago's three-run fifth inning to put them back in the lead.

In a role reversal, it was the Twins this time who committed the blunders to let the game slip away to the smarter, sharper White Sox.

Denard Span popped up a bunt attempt to Danks in the fourth and Burnett balked home the tying run in the fifth when he never let his pitch to Mark Kotsay go.

The Twins have just six wins in their last 20 games and will play this entire series without All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau, who was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.

The biggest concern, though, is the starting pitchers, including Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker, who have all been wildly inconsistent this year.

"It's the same group that took us a long way last year and we won a division with them," Gardenhire said. "Our job is to get them right as much as we can. If it doesn't work out, we have to make a decision and make a move."

NOTES: Twins LHP Brian Duensing, one of their most valued relievers, was not available because of illness. ... Rios's single in the sixth inning was career hit No. 1,000. ... Twins RF Jason Kubel went 1 for 5 with four strikeouts. ... Gardenhire said Twins INF Matt Tolbert's finger is still hurting and he will remain on the disabled list for the time being.








  • Twins 7, White Sox 8 - FINAL
    CHI WHITE SOX ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Pierre lf 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 .262
    O Vizquel 3b 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .261
    A Rios cf 3 0 2 2 0 1 3 .309
    P Konerko 1b 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .297
    C Quentin rf 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 .242
    M Kotsay dh 5 1 2 0 0 2 2 .234
    A Pierz

    Jul 15 11:46 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED JOE MAUER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J THOME (.255, 1-FOR-4)

    White Sox 8, Twins 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 15 11:42 PM
  • 58
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    White Sox 8, Twins 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 15 11:42 PM
  • 23
    roots
    lucas zampetti Added 5 roots

    White Sox 8, Twins 6  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 15 11:24 PM
  • 18
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 18 roots

    White Sox 8, Twins 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 15 10:14 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JUAN PIERRE SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G BECKHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 8
    MINNESOTA 6 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: O VIZQUEL (.264, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox 8, Twins 6  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 15 10:10 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED MARK KOTSAY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7
    MINNESOTA 6 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.276, 1-FOR-2)

    White Sox 7, Twins 6  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 15 9:59 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    BALK BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M KOTSAY ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    MINNESOTA 6 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.245, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 6, Twins 6  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 15 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GORDON BECKHAM SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BECKHAM ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 6 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.261, 2-FOR-2)

    White Sox 5, Twins 6  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 15 9:33 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON, DENARD SPAN AND
    NICK PUNTO
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 4, Twins 6  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:59 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED J.J. HARDY
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D SPAN ON FIRST, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: O HUDSON (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 4, Twins 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:54 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK PUNTO SCORED JIM THOME
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N PUNTO ON FIRST, J HARDY ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    MINNESOTA 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.272, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 4, Twins 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.J. HARDY SCORED JASON KUBEL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HARDY ON FIRST, J THOME ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    MINNESOTA 1 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.241, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

    White Sox 4, Twins 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:47 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALEX RIOS SCORED JUAN PIERRE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, O VIZQUEL ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    MINNESOTA 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.301, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 4, Twins 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:40 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GORDON BECKHAM (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF KEVIN SLOWEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3, MINNESOTA 0
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.259, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 3, Twins 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 15 8:35 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 2 4 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - JOHN DANKS
    MIN - KEVIN SLOWEY

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.273, 3 HR, 37 RBI)
    O HUDSON (.281, 4 HR, 24 RBI)
    J MAUER (.293, 4 HR, 35 RBI)

    White Sox 2, Twins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 15 8:25 PM