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Associated Press, Published July 30 2012

Twins defeat White Sox on a Jamey Carroll walk-off sacrifice fly

MINNEAPOLIS – As Denard Span stood in center field, the ovation grew louder and louder. Finally, it got so loud Span had no choice but to tip his cap.

Jamey Caroll’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning scored Alexi Casilla and the Minnesota Twins won their fourth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Monday night.

It was Span’s defense, however – highlighted by a leaping catch against the wall in left-center field – that stole the show.

“I made the catch, and I think the fans appreciated it more once they saw the replay,” Span said. “Just for them to clap and go as loud as they did for that amount of time – that was pretty special.”

Span added two hits and made another spectacular catch in the seventh, diving to rob A.J. Pierzynski and end the inning.

Pierzynski homered in his first game after missing five with a strained oblique, and Alejandro De Aza returned from a wrist injury and matched a career high with four hits for the White Sox.

Danny Valencia, who had three hits and two RBIs, led off the ninth with a single off reliever Brett Myers (0-1). Then Pierzynski’s throw to first after fielding Brian Dozier’s bunt sailed into right field, allowing each runner to move up.

Carroll followed with a fly ball to right, allowing Casilla to slide in with the winning run ahead of Alex Rios’ throw.

“We’re giving away a lot of runs,” Ventura said. “The big ones are the unearned ones; you just give them something they really shouldn’t have. We’ve got to get better at that.”

De Aza’s single in the eighth off reliever Jared Burton tied it 6-6 and was the first run scored on Burton since June 12.

Chicago’s big inning was highlighted by Pierzynski’s three-run home run.

Minnesota led 6-5 when Span made his leaping catch in the fifth. After sprinting into left-center field, he leaped against the fence and made the grab right in front of the White Sox bullpen.

“Oh my God, it was awesome,” said Twins starter Cole De Vries, who allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. “Those are the things you count on when you’re not pitching well.”

Chicago Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

De Aza cf 5 1 4 2 Span cf 3 1 2 0

Youkils 3b 3 0 0 0 Revere rf 4 1 1 0

A.Dunn dh 5 0 0 0 Mauer c 4 1 1 1

Konerk 1b 4 1 1 1 Wlngh dh 3 1 2 1

Rios rf 5 1 2 0 Mornea 1b 4 1 2 0

Przyns c 5 1 1 3 Doumit lf 4 1 1 2

Viciedo lf 4 0 0 0 Valenci 3b 3 0 2 2

AlRmrz ss 3 2 0 0 ACasill pr 0 1 0 0

Bckhm 2b 4 0 2 0 Dozier ss 3 0 0 0

JCarrll 2b 3 0 1 1

Totals 38 6 10 6 Totals 31 7 12 7

Chicago 400 100 010— 6

Minnesota 402 000 001— 7

One out when winning run scored.

E—Pierzynski (3), De Aza (3), Al.Ramirez (9), Dozier (15). DP—Chicago 1. LOB—Chicago 9, Minnesota 4. 2B—Beckham (18), Revere (11). HR—Pierzynski (17). SB—De Aza (19), Al.Ramirez (14). S—Span, Dozier. SF—Valencia, J.Carroll.

IP H R ER BB SO

Chicago

Quintana 7 10 6 4 1 0

Thornton 1 1 0 0 0 2

Myers L,0-1 Zc 1 1 0 0 0

Minnesota

De Vries 5 7 5 4 1 3

Fien H,2 1 1 0 0 0 0

Al.Burnett H,8 1 0 0 0 0 0

Burton BS,2-5 1 1 1 1 0 0

Perkins W,2-1 1 1 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Burton (Al.Ramirez), by Fien (Youkilis), by De Vries (Konerko). WP—De Vries.

T—3:08. A—35,018 (39,500).