Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Hector Noesi pitched into the eighth,
and Adam Eaton knocked in a pair of runs as Chicago topped Minnesota,
5-2, in the opener of a four-game series.
Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers added an RBI each for the White Sox, who were
coming off a series loss at home against the Royals.
Noesi (5-7) worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up only a two-run homer to Danny
Santana and two other hits while striking out three. Jake Petricka pitched a
quiet ninth to earn his fifth save.
"Like I said before when you have command with your fastball, every pitch you
can mix in," said Noesi. "Everything was working today."
Phil Hughes (10-7) left the game one batter into the fourth after taking a
ball off the right ankle. He allowed two runs on four hits with four
strikeouts in defeat for the Twins, who had taken two of three from the
"It hit me square on the bone," said Hughes. "It wasn't one of those glancing
blows. It just shot right back. I knew it hurt so bad that something was up,
but I'm really thankful it's not broken."
Chicago picked up a run in the third, as Eaton doubled with two away and
scored when Ramirez followed with a base hit.
It was 4-0 for the White Sox in the fourth. Hughes exited after Adam Dunn's
sharp grounder hit his leg, then Samuel Deduno gave up a one-out single to
Conor Gillaspie and a two-out hit to Alejandro De Aza which loaded the bases
ahead of a Flowers walk, which forced in a run. Eaton followed with a single
up the middle, which brought in two more.
Noesi set aside the first 11 batters he faced, then allowed a two-out hit to
Trevor Plouffe before fanning Josh Willingham looking in the fourth. He then
walked Chris Parmelee with two away in the fifth and set down the next eight
Santana's deep belt to right after Parmelee singled put Minnesota on the board
at 5-2 and signaled Noesi's exit. Daniel Webb picked up the final out of the
frame by inducing a groundout from Sam Fuld.
Petricka, a Twin Cities-area native, fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Hughes was later diagnosed with a right shin contusion and is listed as day-
to-day ... Hours before the contest, the Twins acquired relief pitcher Stephen
Pryor from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for first baseman Kendrys Morales,
and recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester ... The White Sox
placed pitcher Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher
Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte.
07/25 01:10:55 ET
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