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Split Decision

May 15th at Minnesota


How was the trophy defended today?
Solid pitching and plenty of hitting.

Short Take: Garcia solid as Sox depart Minnesota on a high note.

What a difference 20 hours makes. Last night, the Sox appeared to be reeling as the Twins had defeated them for the first two games of the four-game series. But after an exciting win last night, the Sox were all business this afternoon as they beat the Twins 7-3 in Minnesota to salvage a series split.

Freddy Garcia allowed 3 runs over 6.2 innings of work in earning his sixth straight victory on the season. The Sox staked Garcia to a 3-run lead in the top of the second inning. Catcher and pick-to-click winner Chris Widger singled home Oak Lawn native Rob Mackowiak for the first run of the game, after Mackowiak doubled to lead off the inning. With Widger on base, Scott Podsednik delivered his first home run of the year, a two-run shot to right giving the Sox a 3-0 lead off Twins starter Scott Baker.

The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the second off Garcia. Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the Sox lead to 3-1. Widger got that run back for the Sox in the fourth when he led off the inning with his first home run of the season, putting the Sox up 4-1. Not to be outdone, Hunter answered with a home run of his own to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and the score was 4-2 Sox.

Unlike last night, the Twins would not see a lead today. Widger would drive in his third run of the game in the fifth, an RBI single to score Joe Crede and give the Sox a 5-2 cushion. The Sox added another insurance run in the 6th. Podsednik, who had three hits on the afternoon, led off the inning with a double. He eventually came home to score on a sacrifice by Crede, and the lead was 4 runs. Minnesota added a run in the 7th off Garcia before he was relieved by Neal Cotts with two outs in the inning and a 6-3 lead. Crede hit a solo home run off Twins closer Joe Nathan to lead off the 9th inning, for the Sox 7th run of the day. Cliff Politte pitched a perfect bottom of the 9th to preserve the 7-3 win.

The Sox now head to Tampa to face the Devil Rays for three games before heading home for the Crosstown series with the Cubs. Brandon McCarthy (2-1, 5.21) will be making his first start of the season in place of Jose Contreras, and he will face Rays phenom Scott Kazmir (5-2, 2.94). Gametime is 6:15 pm CDT from Tampa, and will be televised on CSN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Solid pitching behind a 13-hit attack gets the job done.


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