Buehrle, Sox Crushed by Twins

(SN Report #492) - Mark Buehrle (2-7) was far from pretty in an 18-3 blowout loss against the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome. Buehrle wasn't the only Sox to struggle as the defense played atrociously in a seven run fourth inning, which blew the game wide open.

The Sox opened the game up with an early 2-0 lead, scoring two runs in the second inning. Carlos Lee had an RBI double (Magglio Ordonez who singled came into score) and Lee came into to score on an error by catcher AJ Pierzynski.

The Twins would add a run in the second on a Denny Hocking ground out. Jimenez would make a great play on Hocking, robbing him of a single. The Twins would take the lead for good in the third on a three run homer by "Sox Killer" Bobby Kielty.

Things would only get worse in the fourth, which started with a single by AJ Pierzynski. Hocking then dropped a bunt that looked to be heading foul – until it hit the bag. Then Luis Rivas would lay down a sacrifice bunt, but Crede – who had to hurry – couldn't get the ball out of his glove. Guzman then hit a grounder towards second and Brian Daubach had it bounce off his glove. Had Daubach not went after it, Jimenez would have been able to make the play, which was ruled a hit. Torri Hunter would cap the inning with a three run homer that made it 11-2. It was the first batter Rick White faced.

The Twins would add four more in the fourth. Rick White started the inning giving up two walks and then a RBI single to Torri Hunter. Gary Glover relieved White giving up a double, RBI groundout, and three singles in the inning. White was responsible for three of the runs, Glover gave up one.

The Sox added their third run of the game on a Jose Valentin solo homer in the seventh inning.

Dave Sanders came into to pitch the eighth and he gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced, catcher Tom Prince. Rivas would hit a one out single and would score on a two run homer by Doug Mientkwiewicz, which made it 18-3.

Bobby Kielty and Torri Hunter led the Twins offense going a combined 4-9 with 9 RBI and five runs scored. AJ Pierzynski went 4-4 while Denny Hocking, Christian Guzman and Doug Mientkwiewicz each had two RBI. Radke (5-3) picked up his fourth win in a row going seven innings giving up nine hits and three earned runs.

Notes: Centerfielder Willie Harris was injured while making a diving catch on a Torri Hunter line drive in the seventh inning. Harris injured his shoulder and had to be taken out of the game on a cart. He will undergo an X-Ray today, but it is believed to be a mild separation.

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