White Sox 10, Twins 3
CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago White Sox have finally started hitting and it could be the turning point in their season.
Magglio Ordonez hit two of Chicago’s five home runs Monday night in a 10-3 victory over division-rival Minnesota.
The White Sox, an early season disappointment, have won seven of 10 ten games, climbing within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Twins in the AL Central.
“We feel like we got a little momentum going right now,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said . “We have some good offensive players. We haven’t shown that all season. Eventually at some point, they’re going to get hot.”
Ordonez certainly is heating up. He had a two-run homer in the fifth inning, the 1,000th hit of his career, and added a solo shot in the seventh that landed toward the back of the stands in left field. Ordonez has 14 homers this season and is hitting .378 over his last 13 games.
“I think I got my swing back,” Ordonez said.
Jon Garland (6-6) allowed an infield single to Jacque Jones to lead off the game before retiring the next 11 batters. He was flawless other than back-to-back home runs by Bobby Kielty and A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh inning.
Garland allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
“Garland was throwing pretty good. He is really sneaky with his fastball,” Kielty said. “His ball gets on you and you’ve got to be as quick as you can.”
Joe Mays (8-5) lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs—seven earned—and six hits. He walked two and struck out two in his shortest outing since Aug. 21, 2002, when he went two innings also against the White Sox.
“Joe couldn’t really do anything out there tonight,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That kind of puts you in the hole right away.”
In the second inning, Lee led off with a walk and Valentin followed by driving a pitch to deep right-center. Torii Hunter leaped above the wall to rob him of a home run, but the relief for Mays was momentary. The next batter, Crede, hit a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left field for his seventh homer of the year.
The White Sox scored five runs in the third on an RBI double by Frank Thomas and two-run homers from Ordonez and Valentin.
Ordonez and Lee added solo home runs in the seventh.
Jones left the game in the third inning after straining his left groin. He is day to day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. … Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz left with a bruised knee after fouling a ball off his right knee in the fifth inning. He finished the at-bat, striking out. … Mays had been tough on the Sox before Monday, going 2-0 this year and 8-2 in his careeragainst Chicago.