Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi White Sox won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 25
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Chi White Sox1
Game 2: Saturday, April 26
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Chi White Sox7
Game 3: Sunday, April 27
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Twins 1

(10-14, 7-7 away)

White Sox 3

(14-11, 9-4 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 27, 2003

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Loaiza (5-0)

    L: R. Reed (1-4)

    S: D. Marte (1)

    Loaiza wins fifth straight start for White Sox

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Manager Jerry Manuel got kicked out in the opening minutes. Burly Brian Daubach, of all people, stole home. And surprising Esteban Loaiza improved to 5-0.

    Esteban Loaiza
    Loaiza

    All part of the White Sox's quick 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday as Chicago took two of three in the emotional first series between the two rivals.

    Loaiza, who had to pitch his way onto the team in spring training as a non-roster invitee, became the first White Sox pitcher since Wilson Alvarez in 1994 to win five games in April.

    "I'm locked in on everything and I'm throwing strikes, I'm pitching the way I want to pitch,'' Loaiza said after lowering his ERA to 1.25.

    The veteran right-hander allowed a run and six hits in seven strong innings, throwing strikes and not wasting time. The game took just two hours to play.

    "I pitch quickly. I know where I'm going, and after I throw one pitch, I know what I want to throw on the next one,'' Loaiza said.

    Loaiza (5-0), who entered as the toughest pitcher in the majors to hit (a .131 average against), struck out eight and walked none.

    "We are not hitting against anybody, so everybody looks pretty good right now,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Loaiza has been very good and he was again today. We have seen too much of that.''

    Manuel was ejected in the first inning Sunday for arguing a call at first base. On Saturday night, three players were tossed, including White Sox starter Jon Garland, as the benches emptied.

    After six batters were hit by pitches in the first two games -- the final one leading to Garland's ejection -- none were plunked Sunday.

    Manuel said he wasn't trying to stir up his team or necessarily make a statement about the night before.

    He was thumbed after Cristian Guzman hit a slow roller to the right of the mound and Loaiza picked it up and raced to the bag to tag the Twins' No. 2 hitter.

    First base umpire Doug Eddings ruled Guzman safe and Manuel sprinted out to argue and was quickly ejected. TV replays showed that Loaiza tagged Guzman before he hit the bag.

    "I never like to get tossed. I like being in the game,'' Manuel said. "I'm a proponent of being ready on the first play and I like everybody to be ready. I saw the play pretty clearly.''

    Twins starter Rick Reed (1-4) was also tough, giving up just three hits and three runs in seven innings. He retired 17 of the final 19 batters he faced.

    "I'm getting tired of saying it's early. This has got to get better or its going to be a long summer,'' Reed said. "Right now we are not clicking.''

    Jose Valentin homered in the first and Chicago pushed across a run in the second without a hit when Daubach stole home to make it 2-0.

    Daubach walked and went to third when shortstop Guzman missed Carlos Lee's grounder for an error. As Tony Graffanino struck out, Lee broke for second, Daubach waited and then raced home as Twins second baseman Chris Gomez missed catcher A.J. Pierzynski's throw to second.

    It was just the fifth steal of Daubach's major league career and he did it on the instruction of third base coach Bruce Kimm.

    "He told me Carlos is going to take off, so I should cheat as much as I can,'' Daubach said.

    The last time he stole home? "Maybe in T-ball. Obviously I've only had a few steals.''

    Pierzynski had an RBI single after Torii Hunter's double to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 in the fourth. But Magglio Ordonez doubled, moved up on Daubach's grounder and scored when Lee reached out and poked an RBI single to center in the bottom of the inning.

    Game notes


    Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz, booed heavily and twice hit by pitches in the first two games, was given the day off. Mientkiewicz has suggested that Chicago lose its role as All-Star game host after a fan ran on the field earlier this month and attacked an umpire ... Daubach started for Paul Konerko at first for a second straight game. His steal of home was Chicago's first since Ray Durham pulled it off on July 19, 1996, against Kansas City. ... Manuel's ejection was the eight of his career. ... Reed is now 1-5 lifetime against the White Sox. ... Damaso Marte pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

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