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Wild Win

May 14 at Minnesota

How was the trophy defended today?
Sox overcome early miscues with never-say-die attitude.

Short Take: Sox, Buehrle surrender 7 runs in wacky 1st inning, recover to beat Twins.

The White Sox broke up their three-game losing streak with a 9-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Mother's Day in a prime-time ESPN matchup. The players wore pink wristbands to help promote breast cancer awareness, and several of them used pink bats as well.

The Sox got on the board quickly in the first off Twins starter Carlos Silva. Scott Podsednik led off the game with a single, and Tadahito Iguchi reached base on a HBP. Jim Thome followed, and just missed a 3-run homer when Torii Hunter went over the centerfield wall to rob Thome. With two outs, Jermaine Dye hit a home run to straightaway centerfield, out of the reach of Hunter to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead would be short-lived when Sox ace Mark Buehrle took the mound in the bottom of the first. Shannon Stewart led off with a single for the Twins, and Luis Castillo followed with a comebacker to Buehrle. Instead of a potential double play, Buehrle threw the ball into centerfield and failed to record an out. Mark Redman followed with a single to put the Twins on the board. Hunter then hit another potential double play ball to Juan Uribe at short, but Uribe made an error on the play and the Twins had the bases loaded and still nobody out. Michael Cuddyer singled Castillo home with the Twins second run, and the bases remained loaded for Justin Morneau, still no one out. Morneau hit a deep sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3. Rondell White then doubled home the lead run, putting the Twins up 4-3. Tony Batista singled home two more runs, and the Twins got two more consecutive singles to score another run. By the time the inning was over, the Twins had scored 7 runs on 7 hits, thanks to two Sox errors. Only one of the runs would be earned.

Instead of packing it in, the Sox did what champions do. They regained their composure and went back to work. Buehrle retired the Twins in order in the second inning, and in the top of the third the Sox started to chip away at the lead. Thome delivered an opposite field solo home run to cut the margin to 7-4. In the bottom of the third, Buehrle retired the first two hitters before giving up a single to shortstop Juan Castro. Buehrle promptly picked Castro off first to end the inning.

A.J. Pierzynski led off the 4th with his first home run of the season, putting the Sox to within striking distance at 7-5. After a 1-out single by Juan Uribe, the Twins made an error of their own to open a window of opportunity for the Sox. Castillo threw away a potential double play ball off the bat of Brian Anderson, and the Sox had two men on base for Scott Podsednik. Podsednik delivered a triple to score Uribe and Anderson, tying the game at 7. Silva was pulled in favor of Matt Guerrier, and Iguchi reached base on an error by Batista at third base, allowing Podsednik to score the go-ahead run for the Sox. Thome then singled off the baggie in right field to move Iguchi to third, and Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to score Iguchi and put the Sox up for good at 9-7.

Buehrle continued to keep the Twins offense at bay, with the help of his defense. In the bottom of the 6th, the Twins threatened by getting their first two batters on base. With two on and nobody out, Castillo tried to lay down a bunt towards first base. He lined the bunt into the air and it was caught by Konerko, who started a 3-4-6 triple play. The runners were off with the bunt, and had no chance of getting back on the play. Buehrle pitched into the 7th, until he gave up a leadoff double to Redman to lead off the 7th. He was relieved by Cliff Politte, who got the first out before surrendering a walk and giving way to Neal Cotts, who got the next two batters to keep the score 9-7. Bobby Jenks recorded the last four outs for the save, his 11th of the season. With the win, Buehrle became the first pitcher in 106 years to record a win after allowing 7 runs in the first inning.

The Sox look to split the series tomorrow afternoon as Freddy Garcia (5-1, 4.63) squares off against Scott Baker (1-3, 5.15). Gametime is 12:10 pm CDT from Minnesota, televised on CSN.

Ozzieball Update:
Sox errors costly early, but offense fought back and defense turned triple play en route to comeback victory.

submitted by beckett21.

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