The Sox started the salvo when A.J. Pierzynski crushed a foul ball in the second inning. The howling winds pushed it fair and he had his eighth homer and 29th RBI of the season.
Minnesota answered with a run in the third, but the White Sox came right back and put 'a big crooked number on the board' pushing three runs across on an error by Alexi Casilla, singles from Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko, and a double by Rios. Runs were scored in seven of the nine innings tonight -- the third was the only one they didn't arrive via the home run.
Philip Humber ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Denard Span doubled, reached third on a sacrifice, then scored on a wild pitch. Joe Mauer homered. Josh Willingham walked. Justin Morneau doubled and that was it for our starter. He left the game with 4 1/3 innings complete, walking three and allowing six hits (one homer) while striking out four..
Nate Jones came in and promptly surrendered a base hit to Dozier, which cashed in two more runs on Humber's tab. He settled down after that for 1 2/3 scoreless innings and picked up the win when the Sox went off for six runs in the sixth to put this one out of reach.
Konerko led off the inning with a homer. Alex Rios immediately followed with a smash of his own and that was all she wrote for the Twins starter Cole DeVries. Left hander Brian Duensing came in and got A.J. to ground out before he got into big trouble. Dayan Viciedo doubled. Alexei Ramirez singled. Orlando "O-Doggy Dogg" Hudson walked.
That brought Alejandro DeAza to the plate. In the bottom of the fifth, he smoked a 3-1 pitch for what was initialyl ruled a homer. But after he circled the bases complete with fireworks, the umps went to the replay, which showed the ball just foul. So he was back up there and ended up striking out.
This time, he kept it fair this time for the grand salami. Living like a baller, loc. 10-5 White Sox at the end of the frame.
Justin Morneau tried to keep the party going with a solo shot in the seventh, but Viciedo countered with a bomb of his own in the eighth. Five homers from five different White Sox today.
Morneau hit another homer in the ninth, this one a two-run shot, to narrow the lead to three. But Addison Reed settled down and struck out the next two Twinkies to end the game.