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Associated Press, Published May 24 2012

Twins pitcher De Vries allows six runs in major league debut

Associated Press

CHICAGO – Alejandro De Aza simply wanted to put the ball in the air. Knocking it out of the park was a nice added bonus.

De Aza capped a six-run sixth with a grand slam after Paul Konerko and Alex Rios started the inning with back-to-back homers, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 11-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo also went deep as the White Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.

“It’s one night, but just the way they’re swinging it, you could see it sort of coming over the weekend,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Just the intensity and the quality of at-bats that we were having, that’s the thing that keeps it going is everyone continues to do that and grind out at-bats.”

Konerko had two hits and drove in two runs. Rios also had two hits and knocked in three, and Chicago pulled this one out even though Philip Humber couldn’t protect an early 4-1 lead.

The Twins knocked him out during a four-run fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Joe Mauer homered in the inning and Brian Dozier capped the rally with a two-run single to give Minnesota a 5-4 lead, but the debuting Cole De Vries couldn’t hold it.

Konerko and Rios chased him with back-to-back homers to left leading off the sixth.

They loaded the bases with one out against Brian Duensing before De Aza, who had an earlier homer wiped out by instant replay, drove a 1-0 pitch over the right-field bullpen to make it 10-5. The grand slam was the first of his career.

The big rally made a winner of Nate Jones (2-0), who allowed two hits over 1 Xc innings.

They had their way with De Vries (0-1), who grew up near Minneapolis and played for the University of Minnesota.

“I was pretty good in the bullpen,” he said. “I got out there and it was like someone flipped the light switch and the butterflies started going a little bit.”

Minnesota Chicago

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 1 2 0 De Aza cf 5 2 1 4

Revere rf 4 0 0 0 Bckhm 2b 5 1 1 0

Mauer dh 4 2 2 1 A.Dnn dh 3 0 0 0

Wlngh lf 4 1 0 0 Konerk 1b 4 2 2 2

Mornea 1b 5 3 3 3 Rios rf 4 1 2 3

Dozier ss 5 0 1 2 Przyns c 4 1 1 1

ACasill 2b 4 1 2 0 Viciedo lf 4 2 2 1

Butera c 2 0 0 0 AlRmrz ss 4 1 1 0

JCarrll 3b 3 0 1 1 OHudsn 3b 3 1 1 0

Totals 36 8 11 7 Totals 36 11 11 11

Minnesota 001 040 102— 8

Chicago 013 006 01x—11

E—A.Casilla (3), Dozier (3). LOB—Minnesota 8, Chicago 3. 2B—Span (10), Morneau (7), A.Casilla (7), Rios (7), Viciedo (3), O.Hudson (1). HR—Mauer (2), Morneau 2 (8), De Aza (4), Konerko (10), Rios (3), Pierzynski (7), Viciedo (8). SB—A.Casilla (7). S—Revere.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

De Vries L,0-1 5 6 6 3 1 4

Duensing 1 3 4 4 1 0

Gray 1 0 0 0 0 1

Burton 1 2 1 1 0 0

Chicago

Humber 4Zc 6 5 5 3 4

N.Jones W,2-0 1Xc 2 0 0 2 2

Ohman Zc 1 1 1 0 0

Crain Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Thornton 1 0 0 0 0 1

Reed 1 2 2 2 0 2

De Vries pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

HBP—by Humber (Butera). WP—Humber.

T—3:13. A—20,167 (40,615).