Justin Morneau, Twins outslugged by White Sox in series finale
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CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza's grand slam off Brian Duensing capped a three home-run sixth inning for the Chicago White Sox in an 11-8 win over the Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game set on Thursday night.
Paul Konerko and Alex Rios hit back-to-back solo homers to start the sixth while Dayan Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski each added solo shots for the White Sox, who have won six of their last seven.
Philip Humber lasted just 4 1/3 innings in the start as he was tagged for five runs on six hits along with three walks and four strikeouts. Nate Jones (2-0) got the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings without getting charged with a run.
Justin Morneau hit a two-run and solo home run while Joe Mauer added a solo homer for the Twins, who have lost three of four. Cole De Vries (0-1) lost his MLB debut as he gave up six runs -- three earned -- on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts over five-plus innings.
Chicago pulled this one out even though Humber couldn't protect an early 4-1 lead. The Twins knocked him out during a four-run fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Joe Mauer homered in the inning and Brian Dozier capped the rally with a two-run single to give Minnesota a 5-4 lead, but the debuting Cole De Vries couldn't hold it.
Konerko and Rios chased him with the back-to-back homers which put Chicago back on top, and the White Sox kept pouring it on from there.
They loaded the bases with one out against Brian Duensing before De Aza, who had an earlier homer wiped out by instant replay, drove a 1-0 pitch over the right-field bullpen to make it 10-5. The grand slam was the first of his career and the first by the White Sox since Rios hit one against Cleveland on Sept. 10, 2011.
"I was trying to get a fly ball because it was bases loaded," De Aza said. "And the fly ball got big, you know."
The big rally made a winner of Nate Jones (2-0), who allowed two hits over 1 2-3 innings. He came in for Humber in the fifth and immediately gave up that two-run single by Dozier, but the White Sox came out on top, anyway.
They had their way with De Vries, who grew up near Minneapolis and played for the University of Minnesota.
"I was pretty good in the bullpen," he said. "I got out there and it was like someone flipped the light switch and the butterflies started going a little bit. After that, it dropped, then went back up. It was a rollercoaster night."
The 27-year-old right-hander gave up six runs - three earned - and six hits.
He was shaky right from the start. Pierzynski drove a solo homer off the right-field pole in the second and the White Sox added to their lead in the third after Alexi Casilla booted De Aza's grounder to second with one out. Konerko extended his hitting streak to 10 with an RBI single, and Rios added a two-run double to make it 4-1.
But what looked like an easy evening took a difficult turn. Humber still hasn't won since his perfect game against Seattle on April 21 and the right-hander is 0-2 in his last six starts after allowing five runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
"I haven't felt like I've really been in sync probably for awhile now," he said.
193: Career home runs for Morneau, who passed Torii Hunter (192) for seventh on the Twins all-time list.
9: Starting pitchers used by the Twins this year.
The Twins held Ryan Doumit (right calf) out of the lineup so Mauer could serve as the DH. Doumit is not ready to play the field yet. ''He felt it a little bit last night, he's been legging out some doubles,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I told him to take it easy, but you always know once you get playing in a game and you see something, you're going to go for it. He was a little bit stiffer last night after the game. I backed him off today.'' Gardenhire said he wants to see Doumit catch some bullpen sessions and run the bases before using him in the field.
Friday: vs. Tigers, 7:10 p.m. RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-3, 4.73) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.89)
Saturday: vs. Tigers, 1:10 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (2-3, 4.91) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (3-3, 5.73)
Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:10 p.m. RHP P.J. Walters (2-1, 2.95) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.29)