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Santana leads Twins to 16-3 victory over White Sox

By JOHN JACKSON
Associated Press
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CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Twins just kept scoring, and rookie Danny Santana played a key role in their biggest offensive game of the year.

Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Twins set season highs for runs and hits in a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

''It was a lot of fun,'' Santana said.

Santana had two hits and two RBIs in Minnesota's nine-run eighth inning, when it sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston.

''He had a good day; with five hits, that's kind of an understatement,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He's a nice looking player. Playing center field, he's a shortstop. He's fun.''

It just got worse for Chicago in the ninth, when Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer hit consecutive homers off White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo. It was the first time the Twins had three consecutive homers since July 12, 2001, at Milwaukee.

Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which was hurt by poor bullpen work. Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings.

Thompson was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.

''It seemed OK until the sixth, and after that it just got loose and you couldn't stop it,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Belisario, who served as Chicago's closer for a short stretch this season, faced four batters in the eighth and failed to record an out. He was charged with four runs, increasing his ERA to an unseemly 6.23.

''I don't know what to say,'' Belisario said. ''They got us. I have nothing to say.''

Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota's big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox.

Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double and scored on Viciedo's 13th homer.

Minnesota responded with three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana's two-run double lifted the Twins to a 4-3 lead. Santana added an RBI triple and run-scoring infield hit in the eighth.

The Twins finished with 23 hits.

''Goodness gracious, up to the eighth inning it was a 4-3 ballgame then the ball starting flying all over the place,'' Gardenhire said.

SCHAFER CLAIMED

The Twins announced during the game that they had claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from Atlanta. Schafer, who was selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2005 draft, was designed for assignment after the Braves acquired utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-hander James Russell in a trade with the Cubs on Thursday.

Gardenhire said left-hander Logan Darnell will be optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Schafer.

GARCIA INJURED

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, was hit by a pitch and removed from the Knights' game on Sunday. He was diagnosed with a bruised left triceps and is day to day. He had left shoulder surgery in April.

ON DECK

The Twins open a two-game home series against San Diego on Tuesday, with Padres right-hander Jesse Hahn (7-2, 2.01 ERA) going against right-hander Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.12 ERA) in the opener.

The White Sox continue their six-game homestand with the opener of a three-game set with Texas on Monday, with Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08 ERA) facing Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21 ERA).

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Santana
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 0
RBI 4
Chicago

D. Viciedo
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Danny Santana, CF6254102.325.362.497
Brian Dozier, 2B6121106.240.337.421
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4121302.251.322.407
Josh Willingham, LF7110038.218.359.413
Kennys Vargas, DH5122031.357.400.429
Chris Colabello, 1B3110102.227.276.379
   a-Chris Parmelee, PH-1B2222000.265.319.412
Oswaldo Arcia, RF6133022.230.305.408
Eric Fryer, C6332001.243.300.351
Eduardo Nunez, SS5321123.252.283.367
Kyle Gibson, P0000000.250.250.250
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals50162316710    
a-singled for Colabello in the 8th
Batting
2B - Danny Santana (13, Guerra), Oswaldo Arcia (10, Surkamp), Eduardo Nunez (3, Surkamp)
3B - Danny Santana (3, Ta. Thompson)
HR - Chris Parmelee (6, Rienzo), Oswaldo Arcia (8, Rienzo), Eric Fryer (1, Rienzo)
RBI - Danny Santana 4 (27), Brian Dozier (49), Trevor Plouffe (48), Kennys Vargas 2 (4), Chris Parmelee 2 (19), Oswaldo Arcia 3 (25), Eric Fryer 2 (3), Eduardo Nunez (17)
SB - Danny Santana 2 (8, 2nd base off Quintana/Flowers), Eric Fryer (1, 3rd base off Quintana/Flowers), Eduardo Nunez (5, 2nd base off Ta. Thompson/Flowers)
CS - Trevor Plouffe (1, 2nd base by Quintana/Flowers)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
E - Chris Colabello (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Gibson (W,10-8) 7633061 3.93
Samuel Deduno 2200010 4.16
HBP - Beckham (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 105-74, Samuel Deduno 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 8-8, Samuel Deduno 3-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 28, Samuel Deduno 9
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF4010011.305.370.404
   Moises Sierra, RF1000012.243.268.360
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000012.226.271.357
Jose Abreu, DH4000010.304.361.627
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4110001.314.367.453
Alexei Ramirez, SS3121000.288.322.419
   a-Leury Garcia, PH-SS1000001.183.218.240
Paul Konerko, 1B4000012.242.280.386
Dayan Viciedo, RF-LF4112000.234.282.393
Alejandro De Aza, LF-CF4020010.242.311.358
Tyler Flowers, C3000012.245.302.356
   Adrian Nieto, C1010000.263.330.363
Jose Quintana, P0000000.000.000.000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000.000.000.000
   Taylor Thompson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000.000.000.000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000.000.000.000
   Andre Rienzo, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3638307    
a-grounded out for A. Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Conor Gillaspie (26, Gibson), Alexei Ramirez (20, Gibson)
HR - Dayan Viciedo (13, Gibson)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez (56), Dayan Viciedo 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo 2 (23)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (14, 2nd base off Gibson/Fryer)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Quintana-Flowers-Konerko
E - Tyler Flowers (6, Throwing), Conor Gillaspie 2 (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 5510250 3.04
Javy Guerra (L,1-3; BS,5) 1433110 3.45
Taylor Thompson 1133310 10.13
Ronald Belisario 0444000 6.23
Eric Surkamp 1422000 7.84
Andre Rienzo 1533133 6.11
WP - Andre Rienzo (4)
HBP - Vargas (by Jose Quintana)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 115-73, Javy Guerra 20-12, Taylor Thompson 32-13, Ronald Belisario 10-8, Eric Surkamp 25-14, Andre Rienzo 42-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 4-6, Javy Guerra 2-0, Taylor Thompson 1-1, Eric Surkamp 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 23, Javy Guerra 8, Taylor Thompson 7, Ronald Belisario 4, Eric Surkamp 7, Andre Rienzo 9
Game Information
Attendance - 23471
Game Time - 4:01
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Sean Barber, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom