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White Sox 3, Twins 1

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CHICAGO -- Orlando Hernandez got big outs when he needed them.

Hernandez scattered 10 hits over six shutout innings and Paul Konerko hit his major league-leading seventh home run, sending the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 win Tuesday night over the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez (2-1) allowed at least one hit in every inning, walked one and hit a batter with a pitch. Aided by two of Chicago's three double plays, he squirmed out of several jams, including two with the bases loaded and one out.

"El Duque has his own way," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "As long as this kid is healthy, he knows how to pitch, he's going to compete and he's going to get guys out. He's going to do everything in his power to keep his team in the game."

Hernandez faced 28 hitters, 12 of which reached base. But he got tough when he had to and became the first pitcher in nearly 22 years to allow 10 or more hits in six or fewer innings and still not permit a run. Chuck Rainey of the Chicago Cubs last did it on Aug. 3, 1983, at St. Louis.

"My team played good defense tonight," Hernandez said.

Konerko hit a solo shot to center off starter Brad Radke (1-3) in the sixth. Joe Crede and Scott Podsednik each drove in a run in the fifth for the White Sox (10-4), who swept the two-game series against their AL Central rivals and are off to their best start since 1981.

Konerko, who has three homers in the last four games, was impressed with Hernandez's ability to get critical outs.

"He's pitched in World Series games and he's poised out there," Konerko said. "He showed he gets tougher with guys in scoring position, not timid."

Luis Vizcaino and Dustin Hermanson each pitched a scoreless inning for Chicago before Shingo Takatsu gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Matthew LeCroy in the ninth. Damaso Marte got two outs for his first save.

Takatsu, who had 19 saves last year, has been shaky as a closer so far.

"With Shingo, we're going to go by situation now," Guillen said. "This kid is in trouble and I want to get his confidence back."

Radke pitched eight innings, allowing three runs and 11 hits. He struck out five and walked none. The right-hander hasn't issued a walk to a White Sox batter in 11 outings, spanning 77 1/3 innings since Aug. 19, 2002.

"Radke pitched very well for us," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He gave us a chance to win. He always does."

Jacque Jones and Shannon Stewart each had three of Minnesota's 14 hits --12 were singles. But the Twins grounded into three double plays for the second consecutive game.

"We just couldn't come up with another big hit, just like last night," Gardenhire said. "We seem to be getting plenty of baserunners and getting ourselves in good position. We hit some balls right on the button, but right at people and they turned some double plays."

The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the second, but didn't score. Hernandez struck out Michael Cuddyer, then got Nick Punto to pop out to end the threat.

Jones and Lew Ford singled with one out in the fourth, but Cuddyer grounded into a double play.

The White Sox broke through for two runs in the fifth.

After A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single, he scored on Crede's double over Torii Hunter's head in center field. Tadahito Iguchi's sacrifice bunt moved Crede to third, and he scored on Podsednik's sacrifice fly.

Hunter, a Gold Glove center fielder, said he misjudged Crede's drive.

"I made a bad play and that cost us the game, cost us a couple of runs," he said. "You can't make those mistakes out there. I pride myself on defense, but I lost the game with a bonehead play."

With one out in the sixth, Jones, Ford and Cuddyer singled off Hernandez to load the bases. Hernandez escaped again when Punto popped out and Stewart flied to right.

"They got away with one, like last night," Gardenhire said. "We had way too many chances not to come home with one or two wins."

With a runner on and two outs in the sixth, Pierzynski drove a pitch to deep center, but Hunter reached to the top of the fence and caught it.

Notes

Crede extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Pierzynski, a former Twin, started both games in the series. The Twins stole four bases in five attempts against him. ... The Twins and White Sox don't meet again until Aug. 15 in Chicago. ... Left-handed hitter Timo Perez started in RF instead of right-handed hitting Jermaine Dye against Radke. Dye is hitting only .178.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

S. Stewart
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5130003 .283
Jason Bartlett, SS4000002 .238
   a- Matthew LeCroy, PH1011000 .294
    Luis Rivas, PR0000000 .269
Joe Mauer, C4010101 .311
Terry Tiffee, 1B5020004 .318
Torii Hunter, CF4010001 .222
Jacque Jones, RF4030012 .400
Lew Ford, DH3020001 .244
Michael Cuddyer, 3B4010014 .239
Nick Punto, 2B4000016 .118
Totals3811411324 
a-singled for Bartlett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shannon Stewart (3, Takatsu), Terry Tiffee (3, Hernandez)
RBI - Matthew LeCroy (7)
SB - Shannon Stewart (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski), Torii Hunter (6, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1, Jacque Jones 1
DP - Hunter-Mauer, Mauer-Bartlett
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (L,1-3) 81133051 4.94
WP - Brad Radke (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 98-74
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 7-9
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 32
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF3011000 .250
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4020000 .326
Carl Everett, DH4000031 .306
Paul Konerko, 1B4121001 .260
Timo Perez, RF4010011 .208
Aaron Rowand, CF3010010 .235
A.J. Pierzynski, C3120001 .244
Joe Crede, 3B3121000 .277
Juan Uribe, SS2000002 .200
Totals303113056 
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (4, Radke)
HR - Paul Konerko (7, Radke)
SF - Scott Podsednik (1)
SH - Juan Uribe (1)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (4), Paul Konerko (12), Joe Crede (5)
CS - Tadahito Iguchi (1, 2nd base by Radke/Mauer)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez (W,2-1) 61000130 2.50
Luis Vizcaino (H,2) 1100000 8.68
Dustin Hermanson (H,3) 1100000 0.00
Shingo Takatsu (H,1) 0.1211000 12.27
Damaso Marte (S,1) 0.2000000 1.93
HBP - Ford (by Orlando Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 96-64, Luis Vizcaino 9-7, Dustin Hermanson 10-6, Shingo Takatsu 15-11, Damaso Marte 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 7-6, Luis Vizcaino 2-1, Dustin Hermanson 2-0, Shingo Takatsu 1-0, Damaso Marte 1-1
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 28, Luis Vizcaino 4, Dustin Hermanson 3, Shingo Takatsu 3, Damaso Marte 2
Game Information
Attendance - 18310
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke