MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox evened their series with the Twins at a game apiece after a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Here's a quick look at the game.
How it happened: Francisco Liriano pitched well in his first game against his former team, allowing two runs in six innings and striking out eight batters. Two of those strikeouts came against Joe Mauer, who broke character and said a few words to home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski after a called strikeout in the third inning. The Twins rallied for two runs in the sixth inning, constructing the kind of rally that would have driven former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen mad. They didn't hit a ball out of the infield in the process of taking a 2-1 lead, but went ahead on Danny Valencia's infield single. Still, the White Sox tied the game against Nick Blackburn in the seventh, and A.J. Pierzynski -- the catcher who was once traded for Liriano and has since become one of the Twins' biggest foils -- hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Jeff Gray.
What it means: Chicago had to be nervous about what it was getting when it sent two prospects to Minnesota for the mercurial Liriano, but in his first start, the left-hander got back to the solid work he'd done for most of the two months before the trade deadline. He could be a key piece of the team's rotation late in the season, especially as the White Sox rest Chris Sale, and he began his time with the White Sox by helping his new team beat his old one.
Outside the box: The White Sox might have caught a big break during the sixth inning, when first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth called Justin Morneau out on a bases-loaded grounder to Paul Konerko. Replays showed Konerko didn't touch first before throwing home, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tried unsuccessfully to lobby for another run after Konerko's throwing error, saying Joe Mauer should have followed Darin Mastroianni across the plate because the ball went out of play.