Designated hitter Dayan Viciedo and catcher Tyler Flowers homered
in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota
Twins at Target Field.
Flowers, who also went deep in the second inning, recorded the first
multi-homer game of his career. He has 12 homers this season.
Viciedo hammered a full-count fastball from Twins right-hander
Lester Oliveros 402 feet to the opposite field and over the wall in
right-center field to lead off the 10th inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.
It was his 18th home run of the season.
"You see the kind of power he has, even going the other way," White
Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's nice to see him swinging it.
When he hits it, he gets on it and can hit it a long way."
Later in the inning, Flowers added a two-run homer, giving Chicago
closer Jake Petricka plenty of insurance. Petricka, a native of
nearby Faribault, Minn., worked a perfect bottom of the inning for
his 11th save.
"I'll take it," Flowers said. "We did a pretty good job of taking
advantage of situations."
For Flowers, that meant taking advantage of the man in front of him
drawing a two-out walk. After left fielder Michael Taylor drew the
base on balls, Flowers blasted a 3-1 fastball over the wall in
left-center for his 11th of the season.
For Oliveros, the outing was a rough re-introduction into the Twins
lineup. Called up Tuesday from Triple-A Rochester and making his
first major league appearance in more than two years following Tommy
John surgery in August 2012, he worked only one-third of an inning,
allowing three earned runs. He took the loss, dropping to 0-1.
"He's got a great fastball, but there are different levels up here,"
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You can get away with that down
there, but you better be able to spin the ball. He didn't spin the
ball here very good tonight."
White Sox right-hander Daniel Webb allowed a walk and committed an
error in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the potential winning run
to reach third base before getting Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to fly
out to right to end the inning. He got the win, improving to 6-4
Minnesota jumped out to an early lead, getting a two-run homer from
designated hitter Kennys Vargas in the bottom of the first, his
fifth of the season, for a 2-0 lead.
Five straight White Sox reached in the top of the second, leading to
three runs in giving Chicago the lead. Flowers followed a two-out
walk with a home run into the bullpen in left-center to tie the
score before a single and an RBI double by second baseman Carlos
Sanchez made it 3-2.
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Back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the second set up Twins'
center fielder Danny Santana, who doubled down the left field line,
driving in one and knotting the score at 3.
That was the last damage allowed by White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi,
who worked seven innings and allowed three runs on nine hits while
striking out five. It was Noesi's second consecutive quality start and
third-straight outing lasting seven innings.
"I'm trying to just go out there and throw my game," Noesi said. "I like
that they let me go for the seventh with eighty-something pitches."
Twins starter Tommy Milone retired the first five batters he faced with
ease before losing Taylor, bringing Flowers to the plate in the
"That's a huge, huge walk," Milone said. "It seemed like I was cruising
there for a little bit, then I fell out of rhythm and it ended up being
big for them. They capitalized on it."
Milone lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and
four walks while throwing 86 pitches.
NOTES: The Twins recalled eight players from Triple-A Rochester -- LHP
Logan Darnell, RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Michael Tonkin, RHP A.J. Achter,
C Josmil Pinto, C Chris Herrmann, OF Aaron Hicks and INF Doug Bernier.
... Minnesota announced 2014 first-round pick SS Nick Gordon, the fifth
overall selection in the draft, will miss the remainder of the season
with a fractured left index finger. Gordon was playing with the Twins'
rookie-level affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn. ... The White Sox recalled
RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Eric Surkamp, OF Jordan Danks,
C Josh Phegley and INF Marcus Simien from Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago
also purchased the contract of OF Michael Taylor from Charlotte.
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