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White Sox rally for six in final frame, down Twins in 13

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CHICAGO -- When their team gave up six runs in the top of the ninth after entering it tied with Minnesota, disgruntled White Sox fans streamed out of U.S. Cellular Field and headed home.

Whoops.

Jim Thome helped the White Sox erase a six-run deficit and make some major league history before beating Minnesota 11-10 in 13 innings Friday night. Thome's 496th career homer highlighted the unprecedented rally.

It was the first time two big league teams each scored six runs to remain tied after the ninth.

"A lot of fans are going to wake up in the morning and say 'Wow they won the game? How'd that happen?"' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Baseball is about surprise. It was a crazy game."

A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI single in the 13th to keep Chicago from being mathematically eliminated for the AL Central title. The Twins, now 12 games back of Cleveland, are all but out of it, too.

"That was a disappointing, long night for us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "I don't think we've seen six runs scored against our bullpen in a long, long time, not in the ninth inning. I don't know if that's happened. I can't remember it."

Luis Terrero led off the 13th with a walk off Juan Rincon (3-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Thome was intentionally walked, Scott Podsednik hit a grounder to second baseman Nick Punto, who flipped to Jason Bartlett covering the bag. But Bartlett never got his foot on the bag. Punto was charged with a throwing error and Pierzynski followed with an RBI single to end the 4 hours and 29 minute marathon.

Heath Phillips (1-1) pitched the 13th for his first career win.

Rondell White homered in the ninth for the Twins, who have lost five straight and nine of their last 11.

Chicago answered the Twins' six-run ninth with one of its own. Thome hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Twins reliever Julio DePaula, after Josh Fields hit a two-run double off him.

"When I swung at the first one, you know he kind of threw it by me, and I thought 'Get ready because he is going to throw another one here' and he did," Thome said. "My swing is getting a little better as we're going on here. I feel pretty good."

Twins closer Joe Nathan came on after Thome's drive and walked Paul Konerko. Podsednik replaced Konerko as a pinch-runner and stole second. One out later, Podsednik moved to third on a wild pitch and Darin Erstad followed with a ground-rule double to tie the game at 10. It was Nathan's fourth blown save in 33 chances.

Gardenhire wanted Nathan to face Thome, but the closer wasn't warmed up in the bullpen.

"They put some runs on pretty quick," Nathan said. "I think it was just a situation where I tried to get up and get ready as early as I could. I just couldn't get ready in time to get in there to at least face Thome."

With the game tied at 4, Punto led off the Twins' ninth with a single off Mike Myers and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Punto moved to third when Bartlett's single went off second baseman Danny Richar's glove. Torii Hunter followed with a bouncer to third. Cintron skipped the throw past Richar at second and Punto scored on the error.

Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer had RBI singles off White Sox reliever Boone Logan and White chased Logan with a three-run homer.

Javier Vazquez allowed four runs and scattered 11 hits in six-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked one. He gave up a tying RBI single Garrett Jones and a go-ahead one to Chris Heintz in the fourth.

Twins starter Carlos Silva pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He had two strikeouts without allowing a walk.

Notes

  • It was first time in White Sox history they trailed by six runs or more entering the ninth and came back to tie or take the lead.
  • Before the game, The Twins purchased the contract of C Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester.
  • Twins C Joe Mauer worked out before the game and hopes to play this weekend. He is out with a left hamstring injury. He has not started since Aug. 25.
  • Jermaine Dye missed with a left groin injury.
  • The White Sox had a season-high 19 hits.
  • Minnesota had 20.
 
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The White Sox are elated after Luis Terrero's winning run completes the improbable comeback.  (AP)
The White Sox are elated after Luis Terrero's winning run completes the improbable comeback. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

J. Morneau
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Jason Tyner, LF6120003 .297
Jason Bartlett, SS7230014 .276
Torii Hunter, CF6121111 .291
Justin Morneau, 1B7232003 .282
Michael Cuddyer, RF6231121 .279
Garrett Jones, DH3011012 .196
   a- Rondell White, PH-DH3113011 .148
Brian Buscher, 3B6010022 .256
Chris Heintz, C6021011 .225
Nick Punto, 2B6120024 .200
Totals5610209211  
a-popped out for G. Jones in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Punto (15, Vazquez)
HR - Rondell White (3, Logan)
SH - Jason Tyner (2)
RBI - Torii Hunter (98), Justin Morneau 2 (101), Michael Cuddyer (73), Garrett Jones (2), Rondell White 3 (15), Chris Heintz (6)
CS - Justin Morneau (1, 2nd base by Vazquez/Pierzynski)
PK - Michael Cuddyer (1, Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Nick Punto (10, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva 6833021 4.34
Matt Guerrier (BS,3) 2211001 2.39
Julio DePaula0555001 10.66
Joe Nathan (BS,4) 1111120 2.05
Pat Neshek 1100020 2.82
Carmen Cali 1100000 4.12
Juan Rincon (L,3-3) 1.1111200 5.54
IBB - Thome by Juan Rincon
WP - Joe Nathan (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 96-66, Matt Guerrier 11-7, Julio DePaula 13-10, Joe Nathan 31-19, Pat Neshek 20-13, Carmen Cali 9-8, Juan Rincon 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 11-5, Matt Guerrier 2-4, Carmen Cali 2-1, Juan Rincon 4-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 26, Matt Guerrier 8, Julio DePaula 5, Joe Nathan 5, Pat Neshek 3, Carmen Cali 4, Juan Rincon 8
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4120000 .245
   a- Luis Terrero, PH-RF2220100 .239
Josh Fields, LF6122012 .237
Jim Thome, DH6134102 .268
Paul Konerko, 1B4000113 .260
    Scott Podsednik, PR-CF2110000 .262
A.J. Pierzynski, C7021013 .267
Darin Erstad, RF-1B6121003 .259
Juan Uribe, SS6122001 .221
Danny Richar, 2B6110012 .205
Andy Gonzalez, 3B2000010 .204
   b- Alex Cintron, PH-3B4221010 .232
Totals5511191136  
a-singled for Owens in the 9th
b-homered for Gonzalez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jerry Owens (7, Silva), Josh Fields (13, DePaula), Darin Erstad (13, Nathan)
HR - Jim Thome (24, DePaula), Juan Uribe (16, Silva), Alex Cintron (2, Guerrier)
SH - Josh Fields (5)
RBI - Josh Fields 2 (56), Jim Thome 4 (77), A.J. Pierzynski (44), Darin Erstad (29), Juan Uribe 2 (55), Alex Cintron (17)
SB - Jerry Owens (24, 2nd base off Guerrier/Heintz), Scott Podsednik (11, 2nd base off Nathan/Heintz)
CS - Luis Terrero (3, 2nd base by Neshek/Heintz)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Pierzynski-Richar, Gonzalez-Uribe-Konerko, Uribe-Richar-Konerko
E - Alex Cintron (7, Throwing), Andy Gonzalez (5, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez 61144180 3.98
Mike Myers 2.1211000 3.99
Mike MacDougal0121000 6.69
Boone Logan0333001 4.80
Lance Broadway 0.2000010 0.00
Matt Thornton 1100100 4.89
Bobby Jenks 2100020 2.85
Heath Phillips (W,1-1) 1100000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 106-71, Mike Myers 22-14, Mike MacDougal 4-3, Boone Logan 9-6, Lance Broadway 8-5, Matt Thornton 16-10, Bobby Jenks 23-18, Heath Phillips 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-5, Mike Myers 4-1, Mike MacDougal 1-0, Lance Broadway 1-0, Matt Thornton 3-0, Bobby Jenks 2-2, Heath Phillips 2-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 30, Mike Myers 7, Mike MacDougal 2, Boone Logan 3, Lance Broadway 2, Matt Thornton 5, Bobby Jenks 7, Heath Phillips 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34104
Game Time - 4:29
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano