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Saturday, September 08, 2007

White Sox Beat Twins 11-10 in 13          Send a link to a friend

[September 08, 2007]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Jim Thome helped the White Sox erase a six-run deficit in the ninth and make some major league history before beating Minnesota 11-10 Friday night.

Thome's 496th career homer highlighted a six-run ninth that tied the game after the Twins scored six runs of their own in the top of the inning.

It was the first time two big league teams each scored six runs to remain tied after the ninth.

A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI single in the 13th to keep Chicago from being mathematically eliminated for the AL Central title.

Luis Terrero led off the 13th with a walk off Juan Rincon (3-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Thome was intentionally walked, Scott Podsednik hit a grounder to second baseman Nick Punto, who flipped to Jason Bartlett covering the bag. But Bartlett never got his foot on the bag. Pierzynski was credited with a single.

Heath Phillips (1-1) pitched the 13th for his first career win.

Rondell White homered in the ninth for the Twins, who have lost five straight and nine of their last 11.

Chicago answered the Twins' six-run ninth with one of its own. Thome hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Twins reliever Julio DePaula, after Josh Fields hit a two-run double off him.

Twins closer Joe Nathan came on after Thome's drive and walked Paul Konerko. Podsednik replaced Konerko as a pinch-runner and stole second. One out later, Posednik moved to third on a wild pitch and Erstad followed with a ground-rule double to tie the game at 10. It was Nathan's fourth blown save in 33 chances.

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With the game tied at 4, Punto led off the Twins' ninth with a single off Mike Myers and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Punto moved to third when Bartlett's single went off second baseman Danny Richar's glove. Torii Hunter followed with a bouncer to third. Cintron skipped the throw past Richar at second and Punto scored on the error.

Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer had RBI singles off White Sox reliever Boone Logan and White chased Logan with a three-run homer.

Javier Vazquez allowed four runs and scattered 11 hits in six-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked one. He gave up a tying RBI single Garrett Jones and a go-ahead one to Chris Heintz in the fourth.

Twins starter Carlos Silva pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He had two strikeouts without allowing a walk.

Notes:@ It was first time in White Sox history they trailed by six runs or more entering the ninth and came back to tie or take the lead. ... Before the game, The Twins purchased the contract of C Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester. ... Twins C Joe Mauer worked out before the game and hopes to play this weekend. He is out with a left hamstring injury. He has not started since Aug. 25. ... Jermaine Dye missed with a left groin injury. ... The White Sox had a season-high 19 hits. ... Minnesota had 20.

[Associated Press]

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