White Sox 9, Twins 2


CHICAGO (AP) – Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer and Jim Thome added a two-run drive to help the Chicago White Sox win their seventh straight game, 9-2 over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Dye, the 2005 World Series MVP, also doubled in a run in the fifth and is 9-for-15 with runners in scoring position this season. His performance against the Twins helped Freddy Garcia (3-1) win his third straight start.

Thome’s shot in the eighth against Jesse Crain made it 9-2. It was his ninth homer in April, tying the White Sox’s franchise record for the month, set by Frank Thomas in 1996.

The White Sox have won 11 of 12 since they got off to a 1-4 start.

Garcia pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and seven hits, including Torii Hunter’s fifth homer in the sixth. Trailing 6-2, the Twins loaded the bases in the seventh against Chicago relievers Boone Logan and Brandon McCarthy with two walks and an infield single before Dye went to the fence in right to haul in Hunter’s long drive and end the threat.

Dye’s third homer was a two-out shot that followed singles by Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko in the first inning. It also continued a disturbing trend for Twins right-hander Brad Radke.

Radke (2-2) has given up eight homers this season, including three in the first. In his career, he’s surrendered 73 homers in the opening inning.

Radke lasted five innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs.

Chicago added another run in the second on a leadoff double by Rob Mackowiak, breaking an 0-for-15 slump, and a two-out, run-scoring double from Iguchi.

In the fifth, Thome walked, Konerko singled and Dye doubled inside the third-base line. After A.J. Pierzynski was walked intentionally to load the bases, Joe Crede made it 6-1 with an RBI groundout.

Crede added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Garcia, who lost a one-hitter against the Twins last year, gave up a run in the fifth when Lew Ford singled, stole second and third and scored on Luis Rodriguez’s RBI grounder.

Garcia walked one and struck out three, throwing 113 pitches.

Notes: Garcia got the 102nd win of his career, tying him with former White Sox lefty Wilson Alvarez for the most by a Venezuelan pitcher. His previous win came against Toronto last Sunday in a rain-shortened game. … The crowd of 38,955 was the White Sox’s third sellout of the season. … Twins 2B Luis Castillo missed his second straight game with a sore right knee but could play Sunday. OF Shannon Stewart missed his third game in a row to be with his wife after the birth of their daughter Thursday. He is expected to rejoin the club on Monday in Kansas City. … Thome scored on Dye’s double and has crossed the plate in all 17 games, a major league record to start a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Radke is now 14-14 lifetime against the White Sox. In his previous start against the Yankees, he also gave up 10 hits and six runs, but lasted six innings.

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