MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox punctuated their
successful trip to Minnesota with a rout.
"To come to Minnesota and play the way we did, it's just fun
leaving this town," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Aaron Rowand also had four hits, including a three-run homer,
and scored four times for Chicago, which took three of four in the
series to move into a tie with the Twins for first place in the AL
Central. The White Sox scored 35 runs in their three wins.
Uribe, Magglio Ordonez and Olivo each had three hits and every
starter had at least one hit for the White Sox, who set season
highs for run scored and hits (23), and batted around twice.
"When you have the type of offense we have, you are going to
score some runs," Guillen said.
Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire contemplated the football-like
score and joked that the Twins could have used some help from their
"I looked up and was hoping (Vikings quarterback Duante)
Culpepper could throw a TD and get us back in it," he said.
Jon Garland (4-2) gave up six runs in the first three innings
before settling into a groove, limiting the Twins to three singles
over the next four innings. He gave up 10 hits in seven innings,
walked two and struck out three.
"The way I look at it, this makes up for the 1-0 loss (May 13
against Baltimore)," Garland said.
The White Sox scored three runs in the first off Johan Santana
(2-2). Ordonez's two-run triple gave Chicago the early lead, and
Lee added an RBI single to make it 3-0.
"I expect Carlos Lee to do the same thing every day," Guillen
said. "I'm not worried about Carlos."
The Twins answered with four runs in the bottom of half,
highlighted by Doug Mientkiewicz's two-run single.
Cristian Guzman executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt scoring
Alex Prieto in the second, and the Twins made it 6-3 on a grounder
by Cuddyer in the third.
But the White Sox rallied in the fourth. Olivo opened the inning
with a long homer to straightaway center field, and Uribe followed
with liner over the left-field wall. Lee gave the White Sox the
lead for good with a two-run single as the first eight batters in
the inning reached base. Olivo also had a single in the inning.
Santana was removed after allowing the fourth straight hit to
start the inning -- a single by Ordonez. He gave up seven runs and
10 hits in three-plus innings.
"Every pitch he was making was getting too much of the plate,"
said Twins catcher Henry Blanco. "If you continue to leave it out
there, you're going to get hurt."
Lee singled in another run in the fifth, then doubled in two
runs in a five-run sixth that made it 17-6.
Guzman hit a leadoff homer in the ninth, his second of the
season, for Minnesota.
White Sox 2B Willie Harris appeared as a pinch-hitter after
missing three games with a bruised left ankle and shin. ... The
Twins had scored just nine first-inning runs all season before
getting four Sunday against the White Sox. ... Before Sunday's
victory, the White Sox were winless in Garland's six career starts
in the Metrodome. ... "Getaway day" has been good for the White
Sox: They are 12-2 in the final games of series' this season.