Twins 6, White Sox 1

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CHICAGO (AP)—The Minnesota Twins had the perfect solution for stopping a six-game losing streak: They started Joe Mays against the Chicago White Sox.

Mays, who’s been tough on Chicago his entire career, pitched 5 1-3 innings of hitless ball and allowed just four hits in seven innings Friday night as the Twins beat the White Sox 6-1.

“Not a lot of guys were getting good swings off me,” Mays said after improving his record against the White Sox to 7-2.

“Everything needs to go your way and that’s where it was going. My whole plan was to throw the sinker and get the guys to put it on the ground, which they did a lot of. It was just us needing a win.”

Mays (3-2) retired the first 11 batters before hitting Frank Thomas with two outs in the fourth and didn’t allow a hit until Sandy Alomar Jr. singled with one out in the sixth.

Thomas led off the seventh inning with his fourth homer. Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko followed with back-to-back singles, but Mays got a double-play grounder and popup.

“His ball is just moving all over the place and you jam yourself. He’s just got a good mix of pitches,” Thomas said. “He’s not overpowering. He’s crafty and he gets guys out. He’s had a lot of good outings against us and he did it again tonight.”

Minnesota, struggling at the plate with nine runs in its previous five games, took a 3-0 lead in the first against Mark Buehrle (2-3), a 19-winner who lost his second straight decision.

Bob Kielty hit a two-run homer off David Sanders in the eighth after Cristian Guzman was hit by a pitch. Minnesota tacked on another run with an error and RBI single by Matthew LeCroy.

Buehrle gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings in his previous start against Cleveland, and started slowly again.

“The same thing that happened last time. I got us down in the first inning,” Buehrle said. “I was missing my spots in the first and they took advantage.”

Dustan Mohr led off the game with a double, moved up on an infield hit and, after Kielty walked, scored on Corey Koskie’s sacrifice fly.

Torii Hunter followed with an RBI triple, Buehrle hit Doug Mientkiewicz and LeCroy’s RBI single made it 3-0.

Buehrle surrendered only two hits after the first, giving up just five overall in seven innings.

“Buehrle is a guy you got to jump out on early, which we did,” Kieltysaid.

Notes

Ordonez was unhappy after he was hit with a pitch in the ninth by J.C. Romero and stayed on the field after the game ended, glaring at the Twins as they walked off. Each team hit two batters. “Believe me, Romero wasn’t throwing at him,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. … Mays was earlier warned by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa after plunking Thomas in the fourth to end his perfect game. “He thought he had to come out and say it, but I had a perfect game going, a no-hitter and got the guy down 0-2,” Mays said. “I didn’t want to make a mistake over the plate and it just ran in.” … Buehrle’s loss was just his third in 10 career decisions against the Twins. He was 5-1 against Minnesota last year but the one loss came in the season finale. … Friday night was the first of 19 meetings between the AL Central rivals who have been exchanging barbs during the last two seasons. Minnesota is 26-13 over the last two seasons-plus against Chicago. … Mientkiewicz, who said last week that the All-Star game should be removed from Chicago because of fan violence, was booed repeatedly. He was hit by Buehrle in the first. Buehrle said he couldn’t figure out the booing because he didn’t know about Mientkiewicz’s comments. “I didn’t hit him because they were booing him. The pitch just gotaway,” Buehrle said.

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