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Big Innings, Tough Lefty, Doom Twins

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Jun 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) – The Chicago White Sox hitting shoes were shining bright under the crystal blue sky of Target Field in a 12-5 win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon. Chicago notched 21 hits and scored seven runs combined over the fifth and sixth innings to cruise to a series win.


Starter Nick Blackburn took the brunt of the damage from the south-side bats. The righty lasted just five innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Four of the runs came via the home run in the fifth. Adam Dunn launched a 410 foot, three run, homer off the second deck facade to give the White Sox a 5-0 lead. The very next hitter Alex Rios smoked a ball into the lower deck in right, two pitches later for the fourth run of the inning.


Chris Sale became the second straight White Sox hurler to hold the Twins in check for seven innings. Sale allowed just six hits and the pair of Minnesota runs while striking out five. Sale allowed two base-runners in the same inning only one time. One runner was erased on the base paths and a double play cut down the other.


Blackburn gave way to Jeff Manship in the sixth. Manship fared no better. Eight hitters came to the plate in the sixth, punching out five singles and three runs to turn the game into a genuine blow out. An A.J. Pierzynski lead-off triple against Jeff Gray in the seventh led to the tenth and final run.


Three of the four Twins runs on the day came on the long ball. Brian Dozier hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to get Minnesota on the board. Then in the eighth Daren Mastroianni hit his first Major League home run, a two run shot to left to make it 12-4. Denard Span had earlier tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a Ben Revere sac-fly. Dozier also drove in the wins fifth run of the game with a fielder's choice grounder in the bottom of the ninth.


Reliever Tyler Robertson worked his second straight game in relief and struck out the first batter he faced. That punch-out gave Robertson four straight strike-outs to start his MLB career after he struck out the side in his debut Tuesday. An infield single to the sixth batter of his career broke the string and Robertson went on to allow two runs before exiting with two outs in the seventh.


With the final two losses in the series the Twins fall to 30-44 on the year and drop back to 9.5 games behind the first place White Sox. Minnesota takes Thursday off before continuing their final home stand of the first half at 7:10 Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

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