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Gomez drives in five as Twins crush Buehrle, White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The only people more surprised by White Sox ace Mark Buehrle's clunker of an outing against Minnesota on Sunday were the Twins themselves.

Carlos Gomez drove in a career-high five runs and Minnesota had an unusually productive afternoon against Buehrle in a 13-7 victory over Chicago.

Buehrle (9-3) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"He left a few balls up and over the middle of the plate," said Brendan Harris, who went deep and doubled twice in three at-bats against Buehrle. "That's more than I've seen in the six or seven times I've faced him."

Gomez and Denard Span also homered against Buehrle, who has beaten Minnesota more times than any other opponent. Coming into the game, Buehrle was 23-13 with a 3.72 ERA lifetime against the Twins and 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA this season.

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"I think I threw five pitches where I wanted and I think three of them got hit," Buehrle said. "It was one of those days where everything was cutting when I wanted it to sink. Even when I was throwing warmup pitches, I threw a changeup and it was cutting on me. It was one of those days where I didn't have my good stuff."

Harris and Span each had three RBI. Gomez finished with three hits and scored three times.

"He left some balls up today and we put some good swings on it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Buehrle. "You don't see that too often against that guy."

Scott Baker (7-7) gave up five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Twins, who took two of three from the White Sox heading into the All-Star break.

The signs were there from the beginning that this was not going to be Buehrle's day.

The big lefty made what looked to be a very heady play in the first when Span's bunt rolled down the first-base line. Buehrle slid as he gave chase, but deftly maneuvered around the ball without touching it as it trickled foul.

The athletic play took away what would have been a sure hit for Span, but two pitches later he homered to right field.

Gomez hit a three-run homer in the second and Harris added an RBI double to give the Twins a 5-0 lead and start activity in the White Sox bullpen. When Harris hit a two-run homer to make it 8-1, Buehrle was done.

"This year, I don't remember seeing Buehrle have trouble like he did today," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He had trouble against the wrong team in the wrong ballpark. That's what you're going to get."

Jim Thome hit his 555th career homer, a three-run drive in the sixth, and Alexei Ramirez beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded in the seventh to make it 8-5. But Matt Guerrier got Jermaine Dye to pop out to second to end the threat.

Span added two walks and two stolen bases, and Gomez, the precocious 23-year-old known as "Go-Go" in the clubhouse, humorously tried to stretch a ground-rule double into a triple before third base coach Scott Ullger pointed him back to second.

His two-run single in the seventh gave the Twins some breathing room at 10-5 after the White Sox creeped back into the game.

"It was a great day," said Gomez, who was amped about heading home to the Dominican Republic to see his wife and newborn child.

The Twins did all their damage offensively without any help from AL batting leader Joe Mauer, who went 0 for 5 and struck out four times for the first time in his career.

"I think everybody should keep their ticket because they saw something that nobody will see again and that's Mauer strike out four times," Guillen said. "I'd keep the ticket and I'm going to keep the lineup card because that isn't going to happen too often."

Notes

  • White Sox rookie 3B Gordon Beckham had two errors, including one in the seventh that allowed a run to score.
  • Span's drive in the first was his first career leadoff homer.
  • Twins C Mike Redmond snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a single in the second inning.
  • Dye had some fun before the game, throwing a couple of balls in from the outfield during a mascot T-ball game. Justin Morneau must have missed it because he was thrown out by RF Dye while trying to turn a single into a double in the fourth.
 
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Carlos Gomez provides some power with a career-high five RBI as the Twins pound the White Sox.  (AP)
Carlos Gomez provides some power with a career-high five RBI as the Twins pound the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

C. Gomez
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF-CF^LF3101101 .299
Alexei Ramirez, SS4120101 .281
Jermaine Dye, RF4110013 .302
   a- Jayson Nix, PH1000001 .236
Jim Thome, DH3113010 .255
   b- Ramon Castro, PH-DH2011000 .224
Paul Konerko, 1B3000000 .302
   c- Josh Fields, PH-1B1100100 .225
A.J. Pierzynski, C5000012 .299
Chris Getz, 2B4220001 .258
Gordon Beckham, 3B4021011 .271
Dewayne Wise, CF-LF2011000 .198
   d- Brian Anderson, PH-CF2010002 .235
Totals38711734  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Dye in the 9th
b-grounded out for Thome in the 8th
c-walked for Konerko in the 8th
d-singled for Wise in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Getz (14, Baker), Dewayne Wise (4, Baker)
HR - Jim Thome (14, Baker)
SF - Scott Podsednik (2)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (24), Jim Thome 3 (50), Ramon Castro (19), Gordon Beckham (20), Dewayne Wise (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome 3 (25), Gordon Beckham (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
DP - A. Ramirez-Getz-Konerko, Pierzynski-A. Ramirez
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (2)
E - Gordon Beckham 2 (9, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,9-3) 3.11088113 3.66
D.J. Carrasco 1.2200020 3.79
Aaron Poreda 1111210 1.64
Tony Pena 1242110 4.50
Scott Linebrink 1000010 1.93
HBP - Cuddyer (by Tony Pena)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 63-42, D.J. Carrasco 23-16, Aaron Poreda 27-13, Tony Pena 25-16, Scott Linebrink 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 5-3, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Aaron Poreda 1-0, Tony Pena 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 20, D.J. Carrasco 6, Aaron Poreda 5, Tony Pena 8, Scott Linebrink 3
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, LF3323200 .292
Brendan Harris, SS5133000 .275
Joe Mauer, DH5000045 .373
Justin Morneau, 1B5120002 .311
Michael Cuddyer, RF4110011 .273
Joe Crede, 3B5220011 .234
Mike Redmond, C4120004 .236
Carlos Gomez, CF4335001 .235
Nick Punto, 2B2100201 .201
Totals3713151146  
Batting
2B - Brendan Harris 2 (15, Buehrle, Buehrle), Justin Morneau (23, Poreda), Carlos Gomez (11, Buehrle)
HR - Denard Span (5, Buehrle), Brendan Harris (5, Buehrle), Carlos Gomez (2, Buehrle)
RBI - Denard Span 3 (31), Brendan Harris 3 (26), Carlos Gomez 5 (18)
SB - Denard Span 2 (16, 2nd base off Buehrle/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Poreda/Pierzynski)
CS - Brendan Harris (1, 2nd base by Poreda/Pierzynski)
PK - Nick Punto (1, Poreda)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Denard Span (3, Dropped fly)
Minnesota Twins
Scott Baker (W,7-7) 6.1655141 5.42
Jose Mijares (H,12) 0.1100000 1.88
Matt Guerrier (H,18) 1.1210100 2.41
Bobby Keppel 1211100 0.73
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 97-66, Jose Mijares 9-6, Matt Guerrier 24-16, Bobby Keppel 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 8-7, Matt Guerrier 3-2, Bobby Keppel 3-0
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 26, Jose Mijares 2, Matt Guerrier 8, Bobby Keppel 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36254
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bill Hohn