Thome’s shot wins it for Twins over White Sox, 7-6

Posted: 18/08/2010 in MLB

Thome’s HR in 10th pushes Twins’ division lead to four

Jim  Thome played hero against his former team,  drilling a  two-run homer off Matt  Thornton in the 10th inning, as the Twins edged Chicago, 7-6, to widen their lead to four games over the White Sox in the AL Central.

Alexei  Ramirez hit  the tying homer off  Matt Capps to start the ninth inning and  then singled  in Brent Lillibridge with  the go-ahead run in the 10th for Chicago,  but  Thome delivered  in a big  spot to send  Minnesota to its fifth straight win.

Delmon  Young singled to center to start the bottom of the 10th and Thome, who played  for  nearly four  full  seasons  (2006-09)  for  the White  Sox,  then clobbered  an 0-1 pitch  from Thornton (3-4) into the crowd beyond the wall in right field.

Thome’s 581 career home runs rank 10th on baseball’s all-time list, two behind Mark McGwire.

After  the  game, Thome received  a celebratory shaving  cream pie to the face while he was being interviewed on the field.

“With  them  (White Sox)  you  take  it day-by-day,  you  don’t  get ahead  of yourselves,”  Thome said. “Any  time you can gain ground or gain a game in the standings against a team like that, they can get hot like they did and run off a win streak. Our big thing is to keep the approach we have every day and stay true to our approach. Each of us knows our role and we’ve done a nice job with that.”

Orlando  Hudson and Young both homered off starter John Danks. Thome had three hits  and  drove in  three runs in  Minnesota’s biggest win  yet at new Target Field. Young also had three hits as the Twins moved to 9-4 this season against the White Sox.

Ron  Mahay  (1-1) retired the final  batter in the top  of the 10th to get the win in the opener of the big three-game series.

Paul  Konerko and Mark Kotsay also homered for the White Sox, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Young homered to left field in the fifth, putting the Twins up 5-4.

Thornton  escaped a jam in the eighth by retiring Denard Span on a fly ball to center, leaving runners at the corners.

Ramirez  then homered to  left field, but the White Sox lost an opportunity to add  to  their lead after loading  the bases. Konerko, though, grounded into a 4-6-3  double play  with first baseman Michael Cuddyer digging a low throw out of the dirt.

Kotsay  and  A.J. Pierzynski each singled  in the 10th. Ramirez singled beyond diving shortstop J.J. Hardy to give Chicago the short-lived lead.

Hudson  homered to  left-center in  the first  inning, Kubel  added a  two-run triple  just after  singles from Joe Mauer and Cuddyer. Thome singled in Kubel later in the frame.

Konerko and Kotsay went deep in the second for a 4-3 game.

Thome  was thrown out  at the plate trying to score on Danny Valencia’s double to  end the third, and the White Sox tied it in the fourth on Pierzynski’s RBI double.

Twins  starter Scott Baker loaded the bases in the fifth, but Glen Perkins got
Kotsay on a ground ball to keep the game tied.

“We fought back,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “They’re playing hard, they  played  very good.  The only  thing you  can do  is go  out and get them tomorrow.”

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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