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Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins, 5-2


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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special.

Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Noesi (5-7) gave up two runs, struck out three and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago, and Jake Petricka went one inning to earn his fifth save in six chances.

''When you have command of your fastball, every pitch you can mix in, and they're going to swing and miss,'' Noesi said. ''But everything was working today.''

Phil Hughes (10-7) gave up two runs and four hits and struck out four for the Twins. But he left the game with a bruised right shin in the fourth inning when he was hit by a chopper off the bat of Adam Dunn. Hughes is listed as day-to-day.

Danny Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Twins, who couldn't touch Noesi for most of the game.

The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from Texas at the end of April and he has been up and down for most of the season. The Dominican right-hander had everything working against the Twins, who traded veteran Kendrys Morales to Seattle earlier Thursday in the first of what could be several salary dumps as the trade deadline approaches.

''The strides he's made are impressive from when we got him to what he's doing now where he's at,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ''To be able to go out and give you this it's definitely steps in the right direction.''

Noesi didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Trevor Plouffe reached on a bloop single that plopped down between three White Sox. He allowed only two runners in the first seven innings, and by the time the Twins got to him in the eighth, it was too late.

''He kept us off balance all night long,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Hughes, in an ominous sign for a team that has struggled mightily to find quality starting pitching, limped off the field in the fourth inning after being hit. X-rays were negative, and Hughes is hopeful to make his next start.

The White Sox jumped on emergency reliever Samuel Deduno, who walked in a run and gave up a two-run single to Eaton to fall behind 4-0.

The Twins can't afford to lose Hughes, who has been by far their best starter this season. He entered the game with a 10-6 record and 4.06 ERA, and his reliable performance through the first half of the season made his three-year, $24 million contract one of the few bright spots during another miserable season in Minnesota.

''Just thankful it wasn't broken and just go from there,'' Hughes said. ''It's sore right now and I'm sure it will be worse tomorrow. I'm just happy it should be all right in a few days.''

NOTES: Chicago's Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the fifth. ... White Sox bench coach Mark Parent is not with the team for the series due to family reasons. ... With regular 3B coach Joe Vavra's hip ailing, the Twins have been using 1B coach Scott Ullger at third and Paul Molitor at 1B. Molitor is leaving the team this weekend to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown so the Twins called up Sam Perlozzo to coach 1B for the rest of the weekend. Perlozzo is the team's minor league instructor. ... The White Sox send LHP John Danks (8-6, 4.35) to the mound on Friday night against RHP Kevin Correia (5-12, 4.76).

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Santana
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Eaton
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF5132000.286.358.388
Alexei Ramirez, SS5021012.282.318.393
Jose Abreu, 1B5010014.290.339.615
Adam Dunn, DH3110100.229.366.440
Dayan Viciedo, RF5000014.233.283.395
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000.214.237.317
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4120001.318.372.463
Gordon Beckham, 2B4110003.224.273.357
Alejandro De Aza, LF4110020.235.306.359
Tyler Flowers, C3001121.232.292.325
Hector Noesi, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals38511427    
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (16, Hughes), Jose Abreu (24, Deduno), Gordon Beckham (20, Deduno)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (27), Alexei Ramirez (43), Tyler Flowers (30)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (10), Alexei Ramirez (12), Tyler Flowers (11)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi (W,5-7) 7.2322131 4.99
Daniel Webb (H,3) 0.1000000 3.60
Jake Petricka (S,5) 1000020 2.06
WP - Hector Noesi (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 110-75, Daniel Webb 3-2, Jake Petricka 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 10-10, Daniel Webb 1-0
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 27, Daniel Webb 1, Jake Petricka 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Sam Fuld, LF4000000.260.349.370
Brian Dozier, 2B4000010.237.333.429
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4010010.243.314.409
Josh Willingham, DH4000021.207.352.402
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3000000.219.306.372
Kurt Suzuki, C3000000.308.367.393
Chris Parmelee, 1B2110100.267.306.387
Eduardo Escobar, SS3000002.271.315.396
Danny Santana, CF3112010.325.361.465
Phil Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Pressly, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3023215    
Batting
HR - Danny Santana (3, Noesi)
RBI - Danny Santana 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Santana 2 (10)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Plouffe-Dozier
E - Samuel Deduno (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes (L,10-7) 3422040 4.10
Samuel Deduno 4632120 4.32
Ryan Pressly 2100110 0.00
HBP - Dunn (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 64-49, Samuel Deduno 62-42, Ryan Pressly 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 3-2, Samuel Deduno 5-5, Ryan Pressly 4-1
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 13, Samuel Deduno 20, Ryan Pressly 8
Game Information
Attendance - 32952
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Chris Segal