Twins move into first in AL Central beat Chicago

Posted: 13/08/2010 in MLB

Kubel, Liriano lead Twins over Sox in series finale

Jason  Kubel homered  and Francisco  Liriano worked  5 2/3  effective innings as Minnesota knocked off Chicago, 6-1, in the last of a crucial three-game set.

Orlando  Hudson also homered and finished 2-for-4 while Jim Thome added a hit, a walk and a run batted in for the Twins, who moved into first place in the AL Central  one game  in front of the White  Sox after taking two of three in the series.

Liriano  (11-7) yielded a lone run on seven hits while walking two and fanning four  for Minnesota,  which  leads  the season  series,  8-4. Three  relievers combined  to blank  the Chicago the rest  of the way, as Minnesota won for the sixth time in its last eight games.

Gavin Floyd (8-9) suffered the loss after allowing all six runs on 10 hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings for the ChiSox, who have dropped four of five.

Hudson’s  solo home run,  his fifth of the year, got the visitors on the board just two batters into the game.

Chicago  had loaded the  bases in the bottom half with a hit, a walk and a hit batter  before  A.J. Pierzynski’s infield  single scored  Alex Rios to tie the game.  Andruw Jones then flied out to the warning track in center field to end the inning.

Michael Cuddyer started the second inning with a single, stole second base and moved  to third on the play when there was nobody at the bag to take the throw from Pierzynski from behind the plate and scored on a Jim Thome sacrifice fly.

Hudson singled with one out in the third, moved to third on a Joe Mauer single and wild pitch and scored on a Danks’ balk with two out to make it a 3-1 game.

Liriano  managed to escape a huge jam in the fifth as the Sox loaded the bases on a walk to Gordon Beckham and singles by Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez with nobody  out.  Rios bounced into  a force at the  plate before Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin struck out as the rally fizzled.

The  southpaw hit  Beckham to load the  bases with one out in the sixth before Pierre  flied  out to shallow center  field. Liriano was then removed from the game  and  replaced by  Matt Guerrier,  who got Ramirez  to pop  up to end the inning.

The  missed opportunities  proved costly when Alexi Casilla opened the seventh with  a double and  stayed put after two strikeouts and a walk to Mauer before Kubel clubbed a three-run homer to left to extend the Twins advantage to 6-1.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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