Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox ended their scoring slump
by batting around during a seven-run first inning, and went on to crush the
Minnesota Twins, 12-1, to end a six-game losing streak.
Chicago's first inning outburst totaled the amount it scored over its most
recent slide, with the team's 1-8 hitters each recording at least one hit, one
run scored and one RBI in the victory.
Backed by plenty of support, Erik Johnson (1-2) cruised over six scoreless
innings to pick up his first major league victory. He allowed just four hits
and two walks while striking out eight.
Liam Hendriks (1-3) only got two outs before his outing was over. He allowed
five singles and three walks, with his last pushing in Chicago's fifth run. He
exited with the bases loaded and was charged with seven runs in all.
Conor Gillaspie, Paul Konerko, Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham each drove in
runs with hits and Alejandro De Aza, who led off the first, drew a bases
loaded walk that forced Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to go to his bullpen.
Michael Tonkin took the mound and Alexei Ramirez opened up a 7-0 lead for the
White Sox with a two-run single that capped the big inning.
Back-to-back home runs from Adam Dunn and Viciedo in the fourth made it a
nine-run game, and Jordan Danks' two-run shot in the sixth pushed the spread
to double digits.
It was 12-0 in the seventh, after Ramirez drove in his third run of the day
with a solo homer.
The Twins finally got on the board in the next half frame on Chris Parmalee's
The White Sox had 13 hits ... Ramirez was 4-for-4 ... Alex Presley and Oswaldo
Arcia each had two hits for Minnesota ... White Sox catcher Bryan Anderson was
the only starter not to record a hit for the team.
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