American League Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, June 27th)
Final Score: Chicago 12, Minnesota 5
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adam Dunn smoked a three-run home run and
added an RBI single on Wednesday as the Chicago White Sox pounded out 21
hits en route to a 12-5 thrashing of the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match
of a three-game series at Target Field.
Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-4 and collected his first two RBI in a White Sox
uniform, while Alex Rios crushed a solo homer and added an RBI base hit for
Chicago, which has won four of their last five contests. Alejandro De Aza
contributed three hits, including an RBI single in the victory.
"The last couple of weeks, I haven't felt real good at the plate," Dunn said.
"Yesterday I started feeling a little better and today I felt good, so
hopefully it continues."
Chris Sale (9-2) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk to go with five
strikeouts over seven innings to earn the win. Will Ohman tossed the final two
frames to close it out for the White Sox.
Darin Mastroianni ripped a two-run homer and Brian Dozier added a solo blast
for the Twins, who dropped the final two games of this series.
Nick Blackburn (4-5) suffered the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits
with three strikeouts and no walks in five full frames.
The White Sox grabbed the early lead in the second inning and never let it go
thanks to a defensive miscue by the Twins. Rios led off the frame with a
double off the left field wall and advanced to third on a fly out to right.
With the Twins' infield drawn in, Alexei Ramirez smacked a grounder right to
Dozier at shortstop, but the ball skipped through his legs, allowing Rios to
Eduardo Escobar started the ChiSox third with a base hit up the middle and
scored when Youkilis ripped one off the wall in right field for a double,
extending the lead to 2-0.
The White Sox broke the game open with four runs in the fifth to widen the
lead to 6-0. De Aza laced a one-out single and Youkilis followed with a base
hit two batters later before Dunn reached for a pitch out of the zone and sent
it the other way off the facing of second deck for a three-run homer, his 24th
of the season. Rios followed with a solo shot over the wall in left.
Dozier got the Twins on the board in the home half with a solo shot to left,
but the White Sox kept hitting and added three more runs in the sixth to push
the lead to 9-1. De Aza, Youkilis and Dunn all had RBI base hits in the frame.
Ben Revere pulled the Twins to within 9-2 with a sacrifice fly in the home
sixth, but Jordan Danks got the run right back for Chicago in the seventh with
an RBI single.
The Sox extended the lead to 12-2 in the eighth courtesy of an RBI base hit
from Rios and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzysnki before Mastroianni got both
runs back in the home portion with a two-run blast into the left field seats.
"I won't forget that one," Mastroianni said of his first career home run.
"It was a pretty cool feeling. It just kind of came off the bat. I was
shocked to see it come off the bat that hard. I didn't know it was gone
until I rounded first base."
The White Sox have won eight of their last 10 games at Target Field...The
White Sox won their third consecutive series in Minnesota for the first time
since the 2005 campaign...Chicago improved to 11-13 in June...It was Danks'
first career RBI...The Twins fell to 14-24 at home this season and 6-6 in
games played on Wednesday...Chicago finished 7-for-17 with runners in scoring
position and left eight on base.
06/27 17:50:26 ET