Jake Peavy looked like the Jake Peavy of
old as he tossed eight shutout innings to help the Chicago White Sox down the
Minnesota Twins 7-0 and sweep the three-game series.
Peavy (5-5) scattered three hits and fanned six without walking a batter to
pick up the win in his first career start in Minnesota.
"I threw 10-12 changeups and just changed speeds, from 70 to around 90," Peavy
said. "I threw some cutters and breaking balls and was aggressive. I can't
stand putting people on base so it makes a world of difference when you get a
lead early. We came in here and gave ourselves a chance to stay in the
Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and Brent Lillibridge all smacked home
runs while Carlos Quentin added two doubles for the Sox, who have won five in
a row on the road.
Brian Duensing (8-10) lasted 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort. He yielded five
runs -- four earned -- on nine hits while fanning four and walking one for the
Twins, who have lost seven of their last eight games.
Joe Mauer and Ben Revere smacked doubles while Matt Tolbert and Tsuyoshi
Nishioka had singles for Minnesota's four hits.
Chicago opened the scoring in the second inning courtesy of a two-out solo
homer by Lillibridge, his ninth of the season, and cruised from there.
"We haven't even come close to winning series let alone sweeping series, so
its nice to get some wins after a big losing streak," Lillibridge said.
Timely hitting has been huge for us."
The White Sox added three runs in the fourth to make it a 4-0 game. Konerko
led off the inning with a blast into the second deck for his 26th home run of
the season, while Quentin doubled and scored on the ensuing double by Rios.
After Lillibridge fouled out, Gordon Beckham reached on a throwing error by
Duensing and Tyler Flowers walked to load the bases with one out. Brett Morel
then grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Rios to score.
Morel led off the seventh with a double to right and advanced to third on a
sacrifice bunt by Juan Pierre to give the White Sox a runner on third with one
out. Ramirez then battled Twins reliever Alex Burnett for 11 pitches before
belting a 3-2 fastball into the seats in left to give the Sox a 6-0 lead.
Rios gave the White Sox their 7-0 advantage in the seventh by greeting Jose
Mijares with a long blast to left field for his seventh homer of the season.
The Twins only got two runners to second base on the doubles by Mauer and
Revere and were shut out for the eighth time this season.
"I think it's just frustrating when your not winning games
regardless of what point in the season your at," Twins infielder
Danny Valencia said. "Getting swept by the White Sox wasn't ideal. We
just have to bounce back. I know were a good team. It's frustrating
when you don't get the results you want."
Twins designated hitter Jim Thome had his 10-game hitting streak snapped. He
is two home runs shy of 600 for his career...Prior to Sunday's game, the Twins
held an on-field ceremony to honor the late Kirby Puckett...Minnesota is 33-48
against right-handed starters this season...Pierre extended his hitting streak
to eight games...The Twins lead the season series against the White Sox
7-4...Mauer ripped his eighth double of the year in the first inning...It was
Ramirez's 11th home run of the year...Lillibridge has homered in back-to-back
games...The White Sox have not completed a sweep of the Twins in Minnesota
since July 2004.