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MINNEAPOLIS -- After the Minnesota Twins wound up on the wrong end of a triple play and lost despite scoring seven runs in the first inning, manager Ron Gardenhire had one explanation.
"There must have been a full moon out there tonight," Gardenhire said. "It was an ugly game on both sides."
Mark Buehrle became the first AL pitcher -- and second in major league history -- to win a game after giving up seven runs in the first inning and the Chicago White Sox turned a triple play at a crucial juncture of their 9-7 victory over the Twins on Sunday night.
Buehrle (4-2) gave up seven hits and all seven runs -- only one earned -- in the first inning, but only allowed five hits after that, getting help from a triple play in the sixth to pick up his first win since April 21.
The only other pitcher to win after giving up seven runs in the first was the St. Louis Cardinals' Jack Powell, who did so against the Cubs, but came back to get the win in a 10-7 victory on Sept. 29, 1900.
"Pretty amazing, but you've got to credit the offense for coming back," Buehrle said.
And, of course, the league's first triple play in over a year.
The Twins trailed 9-7 when Nick Punto led off the sixth with a bunt single and Buehrle walked Shannon Stewart. Luis Castillo tried to bunt them over, but his attempt popped up in the air. Paul Konerko charged in from first and made a shoestring catch, then threw to Tadahito Iguchi at first to get Stewart.
Iguchi fired to Juan Uribe to get Punto at second base, giving the Sox their first triple play since July 7, 2004, against the Angels. The Cardinals were the last team to turn a triple play before Sunday night, on May 5, 2005, against the San Diego Padres, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"We were expecting a bunt, but we weren't expecting a triple play," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who hit one of Chicago's three home runs off Carlos Silva (2-6). "That was the first one I've seen live. ... I'm just mad Uribe threw the ball in the seats."
It was that kind of day for the Twins, who took advantage of a throwing error by Buehrle and a fielding miscue by Uribe at shortstop to score seven runs in the first.
No lead is safe, however, with the White Sox at the plate -- and Silva on the mound. The Twins' right-hander got off to a rough start, despite getting some sterling defensive help in the first inning, and it only got worse from there.
Scott Podsednik led off with a bloop single and Iguchi was hit by a pitch after squaring around to bunt. Thome then drove a ball to deep center field, but Torii Hunter leaped at the wall to rob what would have been a homer.
Castillo then raced about 35 yards from second base to the first-base line to track down a soft flyball from Konerko, and it looked like Silva might get out of the inning unscathed.
But Dye followed with his 200th career home run to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.
The Twins came right back with their most productive inning of the season against one of their longtime nemeses in Buehrle, but Silva couldn't hold it.
Jim Thome broke out of an 0-for-12 slump with a home run in the third and Pierzynski's first home run in 55 games highlighted a five-run fourth and made it 7-5. Podsednik tied the game with a two-run triple later in the inning to chase Silva.
"Right now, nothing's working for me," Silva said. "I don't feel bad just because I'm pitching bad. I feel bad because I'm not helping my team at all."
Podsednik scored on a fielding error by Batista at third, one of two by the Twins in the inning, and Konerko's sacrifice fly made it 9-7.
It was the latest in a string of disappointing starts for Silva, who emerged as a dependable and sometimes outstanding No. 3 starter last season.
He gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings and has given up at least five runs in six of his eight starts. Silva also allowed three home runs to push his league-leading total to 15 on the season.
"He just can't get his sinker down," Gardenhire said. "He's a one-pitch pitcher right now. He has to develop a breaking pitch."
After a 3-0 start to the season, Buehrle had been nearly as bad as Silva in his previous three outings, going 0-2 with a 6.27 ERA.
Before the game, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the team needed Buehrle to pitch like the ace he has been for the past three seasons.
For five of his six-plus innings, Buehrle was just that.
Bobby Jenks pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 11th save.
|Minnesota's Carlos Silva allows eight runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings for his sixth loss. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||5||2||3||2||0||0||3||.286|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||4||2||0||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Jim Thome, DH||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.298|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.321|
|Ross Gload, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.150|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||5||1||1||3||0||1||2||.293|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||1||1||1||0||0||1||.330|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.310|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Brian Anderson, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.187|
|2B - Paul Konerko (9, Crain)|
|3B - Scott Podsednik (3, Silva)|
|HR - Jim Thome (15, Silva), Jermaine Dye (8, Silva), A.J. Pierzynski (1, Silva)|
|SF - Paul Konerko (4)|
|RBI - Scott Podsednik 2 (9), Jim Thome (38), Paul Konerko (28), Jermaine Dye 3 (25), A.J. Pierzynski (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye 3 (15)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (10, 2nd base off Crain/Redmond)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Iguchi-Uribe-Konerko|
|E - Mark Buehrle (1, wild throw), Juan Uribe (2, misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,4-2)||6||12||7||1||2||3||0||3.42|
|Cliff Politte (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||6.08|
|Neal Cotts (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.87|
|Bobby Jenks (S,11)||1.1||0||0||0||1||3||0||5.06|
|WP - Bobby Jenks (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 99-65, Cliff Politte 7-3, Neal Cotts 18-8, Bobby Jenks 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-7, Neal Cotts 1-3, Bobby Jenks 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Cliff Politte 2, Neal Cotts 5, Bobby Jenks 5|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||4||1||3||1||1||0||2||.315|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||1||5||.345|
|Mike Redmond, C||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.389|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||1||0||1||1||0||1||.255|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||3||.317|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.246|
|Rondell White, DH||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.185|
|Tony Batista, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.250|
|Juan Castro, SS||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Nick Punto, SS||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.293|
|2B - Mike Redmond (5, Buehrle), Rondell White (5, Buehrle), Tony Batista (8, Buehrle)|
|SF - Justin Morneau (1)|
|RBI - Shannon Stewart (16), Mike Redmond (6), Torii Hunter (25), Justin Morneau (28), Rondell White (10), Tony Batista 2 (12)|
|SB - Shannon Stewart (3, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski), Torii Hunter (2, 3rd base off Jenks/Pierzynski)|
|PK - Juan Castro (1, Buehrle)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Castillo-Castro-Morneau|
|E - Tony Batista (2, misplayed grounder), Luis Castillo (4, wild throw)|
|Carlos Silva (L,2-6)||3.1||8||8||6||0||1||3||8.80|
|HBP - Iguchi (by Carlos Silva)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 71-46, Matt Guerrier 48-30, Jesse Crain 30-17, Dennys Reyes 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 5-4, Matt Guerrier 6-4, Jesse Crain 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 19, Matt Guerrier 15, Jesse Crain 7, Dennys Reyes 1|
|Attendance - 21796|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|