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American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago

(Friday, April 25th)

Final Score: Minnesota 6, Chicago 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Joe Mays struck out three in seven strong innings and Bobby Kielty belted a two-run homer, as Minnesota rolled to a 6-1 victory over Chicago in the opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Mays (3-2), who didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, surrendered just four hits and one run in the outing. Kielty finished with three hits and scored twice, while Matt LeCroy added a pair of hits and two RBI for the Twins, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

Chicago starter Mark Buehrle (2-3) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings of work. He struck out four and walked two for the White Sox, who've lost five of six. Frank Thomas blasted a solo homer in the loss.

Minnesota jumped all over Buehrle in the top of the first inning. Dustan Mohr doubled to lead off the frame, moved to third on Cristian Guzman's grounder, and scored when Corey Koskie followed with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Torii Hunter then tripled to drive in Kielty, who had drawn a one-out walk. After Buehrle hit Doug Mientkiewicz with a pitch, LeCroy roped a single to score Hunter and give the Twins an early 3-0 lead.

The White Sox didn't post a run until the seventh when Thomas belted his fourth homer of the season to left-center field, pulling Chicago within 3-1.

The Twins came right back with three runs in the top of the eighth, however, to put the game out of reach. Kielty's two-run homer scored Guzman, who reached when he was hit by White Sox reliever David Sanders. LeCroy's RBI single with two outs then made it a 6-1 game, and LaTroy Hawkins and J.C. Romero retired Chicago in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win.

Game Notes

Minnesota was 11-8 against the White Sox last year and is 25-13 against Chicago since the start of the 2001 season. The Twins are also 11-8 against the Sox in the Windy City over the past two seasons...Minnesota outhit Chicago 9-5 in the contest...Chicago committed two errors...

04/25 22:59:06 ET

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