Aug 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) – There was little Scott Diamond could do to actually top his last outing, a complete game shut-out victory, and even though the lefty posted a solid seven plus innings, Chicago starter Jake Peavy proved slightly better in a 3-2 White Sox win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field Wednesday.
Trailing by one into their final at bat, the Twins would leave the tying run on base for the second straight night after Ryan Doumit doubled. With Darin Mastroianni on to pinch run Danny Valencia walked to put the possible winning run on at first base. That left it up to Brian Dozier who battled, but flew out to center to end the game.
Diamond worked into the eighth inning for the second straight start, leaving with one out in the frame after being hit with a comebacker. What turned into the winning third run for the White Sox came home on the hard hit ground ball and Diamond left the game having allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strike outs. The lefty took the loss and dips to 9-5 this season.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy matched Diamond step for step on the hot day in downtown Minneapolis. The former Cy Young award winner allowed two early runs but held the Twins in check from the third inning on. Peavy allowed two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out eight over his eight innings of work. With the win Peavy moves to 9-7 on the season. Addison Reed secured the final three outs of the game for the second straight night.
The Twins scored their first two runs as single tallies in the first and second innings. Ben Revere doubled and went to third on an error. A Joe Mauer ground ball tied the score at one. Valencia continued his mini five game tare putting the Twins on top 2-1 with a solo homer to left in the second. Valencia now has five hits and five RBI in five games since his call-up.
Lead off singles propelled the White Sox to each of their run scoring innings. Alejandro De Aza led off the game with a single and later scored against Diamond in the first. Then in the fifth Alex Rios singled to start the frame and came home on a ground ball fielders choice.
The series ending loss moves Minnesota to 44-60 on the season, in fourth place in the AL Central.
A late afternoon flight to Boston awaits the Twins as they start a four game series at Fenway Park on Thursday at 6:10. Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13) will get the start in game one taking on the Red Sox Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49). For all your Twins news and the best coverage of local sports in St. Cloud, bookmark knsiradio.com