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Finally, a Laugher!

September 24 v. Minnesota


Sox Magic Number:
7
"Injuns keep pace with win over Kansas City, but Sox inch closer to October."

Short Take:Garcia, Sox shut down Twins as offense comes to life.

On fireworks night, the Sox offense provided plenty of offense to squelch the doubters with an 8-1 win over the Twins. Tadahito Iguchi led the hit parade, accounting for 4 of the Sox 14 hits on the night. Every offensive starter got at least one hit in this one as the Sox bats came to life against Joe Mays.

Freddy Garcia looked to be back on track as well, scattering 4 hits over 8 innings, and allowing just one run. The Sox were first on the board in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a two-out rally. Carl Everett grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but he was called safe at first to keep the inning alive. Aaron Rowand followed with his only hit of the game, a single to move Everett to second. Joe Crede then singled to drive home Everett with the game's first run.

As has been the Sox habit of late, they allowed Minnesota to get the run back in the next half inning. Justin Morneau led off the frame with a double, and scored on a two-out single by Lew Ford to tie the game at 1. Apparently, that upset the Sox hitters.

The Sox exploded in the bottom of the third, sending Mays to the showers. They strung together 5 hits to start the 6-run inning which would give them a commanding 7-1 lead. Scott Podsednik led off with a double to right field, and moved to third on a bunt single by Iguchi. AJ Pierzynski, batting in the third hole, doubled to drive Podsednik home to put the Sox back on top 2-1. Paul Konerko was next, and he singled to score Iguchi. Jermaine Dye capped off the rally with the crowning blow, a 3-run homer to put the score 6-1 Sox. That was Dye's second 3-run blast in as many days, and that one ended Mays night. Matt Guerrier came on to relieve Mays, and actually recorded two outs before Joe Crede homered to cap off the scoring for the inning.

This was more than enough for Garcia tonight, as he sailed through the Twins lineup by allowing only two more hits the rest of the way. The Sox tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th when Iguchi doubled Podsednik home with the Sox' 8th run of the contest. Luis Vizcaino pitched a scoreless 9th to lock this one down.

With the win, the Sox record now stands at 93-61, chopping the magic number to clinch the AL Central to 7. They maintain a 1.5 game lead over the second-place and Wild Card-leading Indians, who appear to have forgotten how to lose. As long as the Sox keep winning, it doesn't matter.

Tomorrow is the final regular-season game at US Cellular Field. Hopefully, the Sox will deliver a victory on Fan Appreciation Day. Mark Buehrle (15-8, 3.28) will look to get himself back on track against highly-touted rookie Francisco Liriano (0-1, 7.59). Gametime is 2:05 pm CDT, televised on CSN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
5 consecutive hits in 3rd inning put this one to bed.


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