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Chicago at Minnesota

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Chi. White Sox (67-87) «100130100691
Minnesota (75-78)003001000490

White Sox 6, Twins 4

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Johan Santana watched ball after ball fly over the fence, no one was more surprised than the Chicago White Sox.

"The reason Johan has a few Cy Youngs is the White Sox," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the Minnesota ace's dominance over Chicago.

Not on Friday night.

Josh Fields hit two homers and Jim Thome added the 503rd of his career to lift the White Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Twins.

Santana (15-13) struck out 11, but gave up six runs and eight hits in seven innings to lose for the fourth time in five starts. The three homers pushed his total for the season to 33, most in the American League.

Santana doesn't put much stock in the stat.

"Not at all," he said. "I'm just doing my job. If you look, most of those homers have been solo homers. Sometimes it's about guessing right or leaving a pitch up. But I don't really worry about it. I'd rather give up a homer than just give up hits and doubles and going crazy out there."

Thome just missed hitting No. 504 in the seventh inning when Lew Ford leaped at the left field wall and brought the ball back.

Mark Buehrle (10-9) went six innings for his first victory in eight starts.

"I wanted to get to 12 to match my career low," Buehrle deadpanned. "It's kind of embarrassing it took this long to get to 10 wins. But I'm there and hopefully I can continue."

Santana's first-inning problems continued Friday night when Fields hit a 420-foot home run to straightaway center. The reigning AL Cy Young winner has given up 13 first-inning runs, including five homers, in his last six starts.

"Great stuff doesn't matter if you leave a ball out over the plate," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Tonight he just didn't locate it as well and make adjustments."

After the Twins scored three runs in the third, Jermaine Dye had an RBI double in the fourth and Thome added a three-run shot in the fifth to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead.

"Finally we got pretty good success against him," Guillen said. "It took five years to get a game like this against him."

Nick Punto's RBI triple in the sixth cut the lead to 5-4, but with runners on the corners and two outs, rookie Alexi Casilla inexplicably laid down a bunt and was thrown out by catcher Toby Hall to end the inning.

Fields got his second career multihomer game when he went deep in the seventh. His 22 homers are tops among AL rookies.

"Against that guy, you kind of close your eyes and swing," Fields said. "Every once in a while, someone deserves to get him, as much as he dominates everyone. I was just fortunate to get him tonight."

Buehrle, who was 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA in his previous seven starts, gave up four runs and nine hits for his first victory since Aug. 3 at Detroit.

Bobby Jenks worked a perfect ninth for his 39th save in 45 opportunities.

When the scheduled was released, it looked like this would be a pivotal series in the AL Central race.

But the Twins never found the same magic they used last year to rally in the final two months for their fourth division title in five seasons.

Injuries to Joe Mauer and monumental struggles on offense and in the rotation behind Santana have contributed to a tough year for the Twins, who have been out of the playoff picture since being swept by Cleveland at the end of August.

It's been even worse in Chi-town. The White Sox fell into last place when they lost to Kansas City on Thursday in what will be the first losing season on the South Side since 1999.

"That's weird," Guillen said when asked about the inconsequential nature of this series. "Two teams that were picked to finish high and we didn't. That should teach a lesson to people out there."

The lesson, Guillen said, is about the strength of the AL Central. The Indians have been strong for most of the season and Detroit was in playoff contention until being swept by Cleveland last week.

"In this division, when you go down," Guillen said, "you go down in a hurry."

Notes

  • Punto has had a miserable season at the plate, but he is trying to finish on a high note. He entered the game hitting .211, but extended his season-high hitting streak to seven games with a single in the fourth.
  • Thome is 23rd on baseball's career home run list. Eddie Murray is 22nd with 504.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

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

J. Fields
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF5120001 .256
Josh Fields, LF3322111 .245
    Darin Erstad, LF0000000 .247
Jim Thome, DH4223010 .273
Paul Konerko, 1B4000021 .260
Jermaine Dye, RF4011000 .250
Juan Uribe, SS4010011 .229
Danny Richar, 2B4000032 .231
Andy Gonzalez, 3B4010021 .189
Toby Hall, C4000020 .198
Totals36696112  
Batting
2B - Jerry Owens (9, Santana), Jim Thome (19, Santana), Jermaine Dye (32, Santana), Juan Uribe (17, Santana)
HR - Josh Fields 2 (22, Santana, Santana), Jim Thome (31, Santana)
RBI - Josh Fields 2 (65), Jim Thome 3 (90), Jermaine Dye (75)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Fields (17), Jim Thome 3 (32)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Richar-Konerko
E - Andy Gonzalez (9, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,10-9) 6944330 3.63
Mike Myers (H,7) 0.2000000 3.74
Mike MacDougal (H,19) 1.1000010 6.15
Bobby Jenks (S,39) 1000000 2.86
HBP - Ford (by Mike MacDougal)
WP - Mike MacDougal (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 97-59, Mike Myers 11-8, Mike MacDougal 21-12, Bobby Jenks 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-7, Mike Myers 2-1, Mike MacDougal 2-1, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 29, Mike Myers 3, Mike MacDougal 5, Bobby Jenks 3
Minnesota Twins
Jason Bartlett, SS3100202 .266
Alexi Casilla, 2B4000002 .236
   a- Jason Kubel, PH1000000 .268
Joe Mauer, C5131000 .291
Torii Hunter, CF5110002 .290
Justin Morneau, 1B2001102 .273
Michael Cuddyer, RF4011012 .275
Matt LeCroy, DH3010012 .333
   b- Jason Tyner, PH-DH1000000 .288
Lew Ford, LF3110011 .235
Nick Punto, 3B4021013 .214
Totals3549434  
a-grounded out for Casilla in the 9th
b-grounded out for LeCroy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (44, Buehrle), Michael Cuddyer (27, Buehrle)
3B - Nick Punto (4, Buehrle)
SF - Justin Morneau (9)
RBI - Joe Mauer (57), Justin Morneau (109), Michael Cuddyer (76), Nick Punto (24)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (19), Nick Punto (11)
SB - Torii Hunter (18, 2nd base off MacDougal/Hall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Joe Mauer (4)
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (L,15-13) 78661113 3.29
Nick Blackburn 2100010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 106-72, Nick Blackburn 25-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 6-4, Nick Blackburn 3-2
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 30, Nick Blackburn 7
Game Information
Attendance - 27928
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Lance Barksdale