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White Sox beat Twins to increase lead in wild-card race

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jon Garland refuses to recognize the pressure of the pennant race, which may be why he keeps winning.

Garland pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, retiring 14 straight at one point, to help the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 4-1 on Saturday night to move two games up on the Twins in the wild card race.

"Every game is big," Garland said when asked about the magnitude of this win. "It doesn't matter who your facing or the time of the season, you have to win."

But this win against a division rival and a wild-card contender, allowed the White Sox to move within 5½ games of Detroit in the division and separate themselves from the Twins. It was Chicago's seventh win in 10 games.

"We needed a performance like that from somebody," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Especially in this place against a team that's playing so well."

"He threw the ball unbelievable," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I can't be more happy."

Garland (14-4) allowed five hits and one unearned run, while striking out five and walking just one. He won his major-league leading 10th game on the road and improved to 10-1 with a 2.98 ERA in his last 12 starts.

"Overall I am feeling better," Garland said. "My arm is feeling better and I am just feeling more comfortable on the mound."

"That was the best I've seen Garland, ever," said Torii Hunter, who was 0-for-4.

Rob Mackowiak homered for Chicago and Bobby Jenks got the final three outs for his 35th save in 37 chances.

Brad Radke (12-9) allowed three runs -- one earned -- and six hits in five innings, while striking out six and walking none.

Chicago scored an unearned run with two outs in the first inning, on a misplayed pop up and a throwing error. Jim Thome hit a ball nearly to the top of the Metrodome that second-baseman Luis Castillo lost in the roof for a double.

"If three guys couldn't find the ball, that's how high he hit it," Hunter said. "That was pretty scary."

Paul Konerko followed with a grounder to shortstop Jason Bartlett, who bounced a throw past first base allowing Thome to score.

The White Sox took advantage of another Twins error in the second. Joe Crede singled with one out, ending an 0-for-16 slide. He moved to second when Nick Punto mishandled Mackowiaks grounder for an error. After a fielders choice, Scott Podsednik blooped an RBI single into center to make it 2-0.

"If you take away those mistakes, he (Radke) ends up taking us into the seventh inning and giving up only one run," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think that was the ballgame right there."

Minnesota scored an unearned run in the third when Jason Tyner led off with a single and advanced on second-baseman Tagahito Iguchis throwing error. Jason Bartlett moved Tyner up with a groundout and Luis Castillo struck out looking, before Punto lined an RBI single to right to make it 2-1.

But, the White Sox came right back with a run on Mackowiaks 417-foot shot off Radke in the fourth to make it 3-1.

Thome led off the eighth inning with a double off Willie Eyre and scored two outs later from third base during a rundown at first.

Notes

  • Radke allowed a home run for the first time in 29 innings.
  • Twins relievers had a 14 1/3 scoreless innings streak snapped.
  • In the 64 games dating back to June 8, the Twins have the Majors best record (46-18) and have outscored their opponents 351-237.
  • Chicago improved to 43-3 when allowing three or fewer runs.
  • Guillen will give Pierzynski the day off on Sunday and play Sandy Alomar Jr. behind the plate.
 
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Jon Garland strikes out five en route to his major-league leading 10th win on the road. (AP)
Jon Garland strikes out five en route to his major-league leading 10th win on the road. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Tyner
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

J. Garland
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5011001 .263
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .221
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5010013 .285
Jim Thome, DH4220021 .297
Paul Konerko, 1B4010022 .310
Jermaine Dye, RF4000024 .321
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010011 .306
Joe Crede, 3B4110001 .293
Rob Mackowiak, CF-LF4121000 .302
Juan Uribe, SS4000001 .244
Totals384920814 
Batting
2B - Jim Thome 2 (21, Radke, Eyre)
HR - Rob Mackowiak (4, Radke)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (42), Rob Mackowiak (17)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (20)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Konerko
E - Jon Garland (3, ), Tadahito Iguchi (7, )
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,14-4) 7.2510150 4.73
Matt Thornton (H,12) 0.1000000 3.51
Bobby Jenks (S,35) 1000000 3.61
HBP - Cuddyer (by Bobby Jenks)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 112-72, Matt Thornton 4-3, Bobby Jenks 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 8-9, Bobby Jenks 3-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 28, Matt Thornton 1, Bobby Jenks 4
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B4010011 .282
Nick Punto, 3B4021002 .320
Joe Mauer, C3000101 .357
Michael Cuddyer, RF3000011 .266
Justin Morneau, 1B4000011 .315
Torii Hunter, CF4000011 .270
Jason Kubel, DH3000010 .260
Jason Tyner, LF3120000 .333
Jason Bartlett, SS3000002 .350
Totals31151159 
Batting
RBI - Nick Punto (33)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Punto (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jason Bartlett (8, ), Nick Punto (9, )
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (L,12-9) 5631061 4.35
Willie Eyre 3211020 6.11
Matt Guerrier 1100000 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 95-69, Willie Eyre 29-19, Matt Guerrier 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 9-2, Willie Eyre 3-4, Matt Guerrier 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 23, Willie Eyre 11, Matt Guerrier 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46215
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Paul Schrieber