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White Sox continue hot hitting since Ozzie outburst, crush Twins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen took his shots, and now, his hitters are taking theirs.

Nick Swisher and Alexei Ramirez homered, and Joe Crede had another big day at the plate as the Chicago White Sox routed the Minnesota Twins again, 12-2 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

The latest outburst came exactly one week after Guillen lashed out at his struggling hitters. Since then?

Fifty-four runs during this streak. They've scored 10 or more in three consecutive games for the first time since July 15-17, 2000, against St. Louis and Milwaukee. The 15 hits Sunday gave Chicago at least 15 in three straight games for the first time since July 23-24, 1932, against Cleveland.

The most important number, though, is this: zero. That's how many losses the White Sox have since Guillen's tirade in Tampa Bay, and their lead over second-place Minnesota in the AL Central is now 5½ games.

"You want to pull your own weight, individually or as a unit," Chicago's Paul Konerko said. "You don't have to score 10 runs every game. We should be able to score four to six runs a night on average to give these guys a chance to win. ... We've got to have some easy games, and the offense has to pull their weight on that."

The hitters did just that, and Guillen was in a much better mood than he was a week earlier.

"I said in spring training I think this team can be special," he said. "I don't know how far we're going to get, but this team has a chance to be special."

After winning the first two games of this four-game series 10-6 and 11-2, the White Sox quickly jumped on the Twins, who dropped their fourth straight and matched their longest losing streak since Sept. 12-16.

Swisher's three-run homer off Kevin Slowey (2-6) in the second made it 3-1 and Chicago broke it open with five more in the third, with Paul Konerko's two-run double highlighting that rally. Ramirez added a two-run shot in the fifth, giving Chicago 16 homers in this streak.

"Another day of not being able to get through the first part of the ballgame," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Slowey, I think he tried everything. Good pitches, bad pitches, they seemed to be hitting just about everything we threw up there."

That was more than enough for Gavin Floyd (7-3), who struck out a career-high nine and walked one while allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings.

He had plenty of support from an offense that roughed up Slowey for eight runs in three innings -- after the start was delayed 89 minutes by rain.

"They hit just about everything -- whether it was a good pitch, medium pitch or a very poor pitch," Slowey said. "It's tough. I'm sure some of the older guys will tell you and they've said it to us young pitchers, that you'll go through stretches and it's sometimes inexplicable."

Swisher, whose average has hovered around .200, has a seven-game hitting streak. He pumped his fist after rounding first on the homer and had more to celebrate in the fifth when he added an RBI double.

Crede, meanwhile, continued his surge.

He is 10-for-15 with 12 RBI in his last four games after going 2-for-4 and driving in two runs on Sunday. After hitting homers in three straight games for the first time in his career, including two each on Friday and Saturday, Crede doubled and singled and scored twice.

One week earlier, Guillen unleashed a tirade that seemed to be aimed at general manager Kenny Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker after watching his team go 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position while dropping three of four at Tampa Bay. Guillen called for roster changes while saying his job and Walker's could be in jeopardy.

There were no major roster moves, but there is one noticeable difference. The offense is producing.

That it's doing so on the heels of Guillen's outburst is probably a coincidence, but the change in demeanor over the past week is noticeable.

Guillen joked that whenever Crede, in the final year of his contract, gets a hit "it's cha-ching." But the manager wasn't smiling a week earlier. Nobody was.

"We knew we had it in us, and we knew it would come," Konerko said. "You feel good to get some runs, where it helps out your teammates. It makes it feel a little more like everybody's contributing."

Notes

  • Twins 2B Alexi Casilla was scratched from the lineup because of a sore lower back.
  • Jason Kubel homered for Minnesota.
  • Slowey is 0-2 with a 12.37 ERA against the White Sox this season.
  • If Guillen's pants seemed a little dirty, there's a reason. He doesn't clean them during win streaks. "Hopefully, they turn black," he said.
 
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Alexei Ramirez is part of the White Sox hit parade, knocking a home run in the fifth inning.  (AP)
Alexei Ramirez is part of the White Sox hit parade, knocking a home run in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Floyd
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 9
Chicago

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF2110101 .279
Brendan Harris, SS4010032 .249
Joe Mauer, C4000003 .328
Justin Morneau, DH4011010 .293
Michael Cuddyer, 1B4010022 .246
Jason Kubel, RF4111011 .242
Delmon Young, LF4010011 .269
Mike Lamb, 3B4000001 .228
Matt Macri, 2B3010021 .429
Totals33272110  
Batting
2B - Brendan Harris (9, Floyd), Delmon Young (11, Floyd)
HR - Jason Kubel (7, Floyd)
SH - Carlos Gomez (1)
RBI - Justin Morneau (44), Jason Kubel (30)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lamb-Macri-Cuddyer
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey (L,2-6) 31088141 5.15
Juan Rincon 2544021 6.11
Craig Breslow 1000000 1.93
Jesse Crain 1000000 3.16
Dennys Reyes 1000000 2.33
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 68-47, Juan Rincon 33-23, Craig Breslow 7-5, Jesse Crain 14-9, Dennys Reyes 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 2-3, Juan Rincon 3-0, Jesse Crain 2-1, Dennys Reyes 2-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 20, Juan Rincon 10, Craig Breslow 3, Jesse Crain 3, Dennys Reyes 3
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4010011 .253
    Pablo Ozuna, 2B1000000 .275
A.J. Pierzynski, C5120012 .297
Carlos Quentin, LF4110001 .282
    Brian Anderson, CF1000000 .250
Paul Konerko, 1B4222000 .216
Jim Thome, DH2100121 .209
   a- Toby Hall, PH-DH1000000 .348
Jermaine Dye, RF4221012 .295
Nick Swisher, CF-LF4224010 .221
Joe Crede, 3B4222000 .295
Alexei Ramirez, 2B-SS4133000 .295
Totals3812151216  
a-flied out for Thome in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (10, Slowey), Paul Konerko 2 (8, Slowey, Slowey), Jermaine Dye (13, Rincon), Nick Swisher (8, Rincon), Joe Crede (12, Slowey)
HR - Nick Swisher (6, Slowey), Alexei Ramirez (4, Rincon)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (28), Jermaine Dye (25), Nick Swisher 4 (21), Joe Crede 2 (41), Alexei Ramirez 3 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Crede (11), Alexei Ramirez (6)
SB - Jermaine Dye (1, 2nd base off Slowey/Mauer)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,7-3) 7622191 3.10
Boone Logan 1100010 1.96
Esteban Loaiza 1000000 5.54
WP - Gavin Floyd (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 90-65, Boone Logan 10-8, Esteban Loaiza 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 6-6, Boone Logan 1-1, Esteban Loaiza 2-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 28, Boone Logan 4, Esteban Loaiza 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30565
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Brian Gorman