Twins 8, White Sox 5
Even when they give up five runs in the first inning, the
Minnesota Twins find a way to beat the Chicago White Sox.
They continued to dominate their AL Central foe Friday night,
rallying for an 8-5 victory as Luke Hughes hit a three-run homer to
cap a six-run fourth inning.
The Twins are 6-0 against the White Sox this season, have won
nine straight in the series going back to last year and are 28-6 in
the past 34 games between the two AL Central foes.
”It was a pretty fun game for us to come back, being down
there,” Hughes said. ”It’s a good feeling to hit one over the
fence and put your team up a couple of runs and get a bit of
The White Sox scored five runs in the first, but starter Gavin
Floyd couldn’t hold the 5-1 lead and was driven out after 3 2-3
innings when Rene Tosoni hit a bases-loaded single to tie it.
Hughes greeted reliever Will Ohman with a long three-run homer
to left, his third homer of the season, to put the Twins up 8-5.
After starter Nick Blackburn gave up five in the first, he and four
relievers shut out the White Sox the rest of the way.
The Twins, with five key players on the disabled list, are
counting on players such as Tosoni and Hughes.
”You’re asking these young guys to be a part of it and you give
them a chance to play – they’re all just joining in,” manager Ron
”They’re pretty excited on the bench, they’re rooting for each
other. They’re playing good baseball and it’s fun coming to the
ballpark. It’s a learning experience for them. This is good stuff.
Kids are growing up here in a race we’re trying to get back into. A
lot of good things are happening.”
Floyd (6-9), winless in six starts since June 1, gave up nine
hits and was charged with seven runs.
”I felt good from the beginning. As the game went on, I lost
command of my fastball and my other pitches, if I missed, I missed
pretty bad,” Floyd said.
”Just chalk it up as a bad loss or a bad start, keep working
hard and the next start.”
Blackburn (7-6) survived the five-run outburst. He gave up 10
hits, including Adam Dunn’s two-run homer in the first.
Blackburn had also struggled mightily in his previous two
starts, allowing 19 hits and 13 earned runs over 8 1-3 innings, but
on Friday night Minnesota’s offense helped him overcome the rough
Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 20
Dunn, in a 4-for-52 tailspin with 29 strikeouts over his
previous 15 games, drove a 3-2 pitch from Blackburn 412 feet into
the right field bleachers to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. Alexei
Ramirez had singled with one out and scored on Paul Konerko’s
After Dunn’s blast, his ninth homer of the season, Carlos
Quentin and Alex Rios followed with back-to-back doubles to push
the lead to three runs. Gordon Beckham’s RBI single completed the
”You score when you know you’re struggling to score some runs,
and you take the lead and all the sudden you lose the lead right
away, guys got kind of a little bit down,” Chicago manager Ozzie
”After that we couldn’t do anything else, we couldn’t put a
good swing on the ball.”
It didn’t take long for the Twins to get to Floyd.
Joe Mauer, back behind the plate after playing first base for
the first time in the majors Thursday night, doubled off the
right-center field fence with two outs in the first and scored on
Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single.
Minnesota loaded the bases in the third as Floyd hit Cuddyer
with a pitch following a bunt single by Alexi Casilla and
opposite-field single by Mauer. Danny Valencia hit a sacrifice fly,
and one out later, Hughes walked to reload the bases. White Sox
third baseman Brent Morel then made a nice play on a hard shot off
the bat of Tsuyoshi Nishioka and threw him out to end the
Floyd hit Mauer to load the bases again in the fourth after
singles by Matt Tolbert and Casilla. Cuddyer then delivered another
RBI single, and one out later, Tosoni lined his two-run single to
right to tie the game.
”Me and Rene are boys. I come up behind him to hit, so we pull
for each other,” Hughes said. ”That was probably the key hit in
the game right there. If Floyd gets out of it, it might be a
different game. He came up and had a good at-bat and drove the
Notes: Cuddyer has an eight-game hitting streak. … CF Denard
Span (concussion), one of five Twins on the DL, ran the bases
Friday and had no problems. The Twins hope to send him on a rehab
assignment after the All-Star break. …. Minnesota DH Jim Thome
got the night off to rest a sore toe but will be back in the lineup
Saturday. .. The White Sox have lost four straight overall and are
tied with the Twins in the loss column (47). Floyd is 4-10 in his
career against the Twins, including 0-7 in his past seven starts.
… Chicago’s five first-inning runs matched the White Sox’s total
output against the Twins in their first five games this season.