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White Sox ride Vazquez, three homers to tame Twins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Javier Vazquez was happy enough about his own performance, a second straight complete game to send the Chicago White Sox to the All-Star break with a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.

But the news -- announced after the victory -- that ace Mark Buehrle had agreed to a four-year contract to stick with the White Sox made it even better.

"Everyone is real happy for him and his wife. He deserves it. He is what the White Sox are all about. We're glad it got done," Vazquez said. "We didn't want to lose him because everyone knows how valuable he is."

After Buehrle pitched eight shutout innings Saturday to cool off the Twins, Vazquez followed it up by allowing eight hits and three runs Sunday. The White Sox earned a split of the four-game series after giving up 32 runs Friday when Minnesota swept a day-night doubleheader, 20-14 and 12-0.

"It's awesome. As a pitcher, throwing a complete game is what you work for," Vazquez said, adding that working quickly, like Buehrle, was a bonus.

"Getting that done and saving the bullpen and doing it quickly so everyone can make their flight, that's pretty good," he said.

Rob Mackowiak, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko homered during a five-run third inning to help Vazquez, who now has 22 career complete games.

All three homers came off Twins starter Carlos Silva.

"We had a few opportunities early, missed a couple of chances, but other than that, Vazquez was very good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Silva had just one bad inning. Gave up five runs, it kind of takes away from you being aggressive out there."

Vazquez (6-5) gave up Justin Morneau's 24th homer, struck out eight and had no walks.

The disappointing White Sox finished 39-47 at the All-Star break. Minnesota, the defending AL Central champion, goes into the break 45-43 and in third place behind Detroit and Cleveland.

"The White Sox organization is showing people we are trying and we aren't going to throw the white flag," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said, referring to the signing of Buehrle. "Hopefully these guys continue to keep playing hard and make this thing more fun."

Minnesota, which overtook Detroit last season to win the AL Central, also needs to play better in the second half, especially with two teams to catch -- the Tigers and Indians. The Twins wrapped up their pre-break schedule with an 11-game road trip, finishing 5-6 against the Tigers, Yankees and White Sox.

"This was a tough stretch," Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer said. "Three tough teams, tough cities. Not exactly where we wanted to be, but we still have our head above water and we still have a chance."

The Twins are eight games behind first-place Detroit and trail Cleveland by seven.

Silva (6-10) gave up 10 hits and six runs in five innings on a 90-degree day at U.S. Cellular Field.

Mackowiak led off the third with his fifth homer for a 1-0 lead. Tadahito Iguchi hit a two-out RBI single to score Luis Terrero, who'd doubled, before Thome connected on his 14th to make it 4-0. Konerko followed with his 18th homer down the left field line for a 5-0 cushion.

The Twins got two back in the fourth as Joe Mauer, Cuddyer and Morneau hit consecutive singles for the first run and Torii Hunter added an RBI fielder's choice grounder.

Minnesota threatened again in the fifth with runners at second and third with one out. But Vazquez got called third strikes on Jason Bartlett and Mauer.

Chicago got a run in the fifth using a single by Thome, passed ball on Mauer, infield out and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzynski for a 6-2 lead. Morneau homered in the sixth.

Notes

  • Nick Punto's two-out double in the third ended a streak of 24 straight batters retired by Vazquez. He'd set down the final 16 batters in a complete-game win over Baltimore last Tuesday.
  • Silva has now yielded 21 homers to the White Sox in 17 career appearances. He is 0-3 against Chicago this season and 4-9 lifetime.
  • Chicago RF Jermaine Dye missed his second straight game with flu-like symptoms.
 
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Javier Vazquez and A.J. Pierzynski celebrate Vazquez's second straight CG.  (Getty Images)
Javier Vazquez and A.J. Pierzynski celebrate Vazquez's second straight CG. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Vazquez
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 0
K 8
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B3000001 .305
Jason Bartlett, SS4010032 .254
Joe Mauer, C4110013 .309
Michael Cuddyer, RF4110001 .274
Justin Morneau, DH4122000 .295
Torii Hunter, CF4001010 .301
Jason Kubel, LF4000031 .250
Jeff Cirillo, 1B3010000 .273
Nick Punto, 3B3020000 .211
Totals3338308  
Batting
2B - Nick Punto (10, Vazquez)
HR - Justin Morneau (24, Vazquez)
SH - Luis Castillo (4)
RBI - Justin Morneau 2 (74), Torii Hunter (69)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
PB - Joe Mauer (2)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,6-10) 51065013 4.58
Juan Rincon 1.2100020 3.98
Pat Neshek 0.1000010 1.70
Dennys Reyes 1000010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 80-53, Juan Rincon 18-15, Pat Neshek 3-3, Dennys Reyes 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-3, Juan Rincon 2-1, Dennys Reyes 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 24, Juan Rincon 6, Pat Neshek 1, Dennys Reyes 3
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4010001 .227
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4111011 .253
Jim Thome, DH4232000 .279
Paul Konerko, 1B4111022 .262
A.J. Pierzynski, C3011010 .244
Josh Fields, 3B4010000 .252
Rob Mackowiak, LF4111012 .256
Luis Terrero, RF3110000 .235
Juan Uribe, SS3010001 .232
Totals33611605  
Batting
2B - Luis Terrero (1, Silva)
HR - Jim Thome (14, Silva), Paul Konerko (18, Silva), Rob Mackowiak (5, Silva)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (3)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (24), Jim Thome 2 (44), Paul Konerko (48), A.J. Pierzynski (27), Rob Mackowiak (24)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (10), Jim Thome 2 (11), Paul Konerko (15)
CS - Juan Uribe (4, 2nd base by Silva/Mauer)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (W,6-5) 9833081 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 120-86
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 13-5
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 34
Game Information
Attendance - 32724
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson