Rapid Reaction: Twins 7, White Sox 6

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
10:32
PM CT
By Ben Goessling, Special to ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com

MINNEAPOLIS – Here is a quick look at the White Sox’s 7-6 loss to the Twins on Monday night.

How it happened: The White Sox took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, battering the same pitcher (Cole De Vries) who held them to two runs in six innings last week. A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer to right on a first-pitch fastball from De Vries, putting the White Sox up by four. The Twins got those runs back as quickly as they gave them up, though, scoring four against Chicago’s Jose Quintana in the bottom of the first, and adding two in the third inning to take a 6-4 lead. The White Sox rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning, but after Alexi Casilla went to third on a throwing error by Pierzynski on Brian Dozier’s sacrifice bunt in the ninth, Jamey Carroll brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

What it means: The White Sox had swept the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field last week, but on Monday night, Minnesota looked more like the team that leads the American League in runs in July. With the loss, Chicago missed a chance to extend its AL Central lead to two games over Detroit, which lost 7-3 to Boston on Monday.

Outside the box: The White Sox might have had a chance to win the game if not for a highlight-reel catch by Twins center fielder Denard Span, who leapt at the center field wall to steal a two-run homer from Alex Rios in the fifth.

Up next: Francisco Liriano (3-10) faces his former team in his first start for the White Sox. The Twins will send Nick Blackburn (4-6) to the mound as they look to clinch a series win. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208