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Updated: August 19th, 2010 9:44pm
Twins come up short in bid for sweep, still lead White Sox by four

Twins come up short in bid for sweep, still lead White Sox by four

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano was hit hard early and often on Thursday night, as the White Sox delivered a 11-0 beat-down to the Minnesota Twins, avoiding a disastrous three-game sweep.

With the victory, Chicago pulled back to within four games of the Twins in the American League Central.

Pavano left after six-plus innings, giving up seven earned runs on 15 hits. Those 15 hits allowed match a Twins team record. Brad Radke gave up 15 to the Angels in 2004, and Geoff Zahn gave up 15 against the Blue Jays in 1978.

This was the third time Pavano (15-8, 3.52) has allowed six earned runs or more in a start this season.

The White Sox started the hit parade with four singles in the first inning, scoring two runs. They added three more singles in the second inning -- including an infield single by Omar Vizquel -- without scoring a run.

Paul Konerko led off the third inning with a single to center -- one of his five hits on the night -- and Mark Teahen followed with an RBI triple past the reaching glove of Denard Span in center field. A.J. Pierzynski then drove Teahen home with a double, putting the White Sox up 4-0.

Chicago would go on to add one run in the fifth, two in the seventh, and four more in the eighth to make it 11-0.

In total, the White Sox tallied 21 hits, including 16 singles, three doubles, a triple, and a home run by Konerko -- his 31st of the season -- in the fifth inning off Pavano.

The Twins managed just five hits and a walk off White Sox starter Mark Buerhle, who went seven innings without allowing a run.

Nick Punto left the game in the sixth inning after re-aggravating his left hamstring.

The Twins will finish up this most recent home stand with a three-game series against the Angels beginning on Friday night.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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