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The Sports Xchange, Published April 02 2014

Wild pitch lifts White Sox over Twins in 11 innings

CHICAGO – Even with two strikes, Leury Garcia still had the green light to go on Wednesday.

The White Sox second baseman punched a critical bunt down the third-base line to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, eventually reached third and scored on right-handed reliever Samuel Deduno’s wild pitch with two outs in an 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins.

“It was the perfect time to do it,” said Garcia, who made his own call to bunt. “That was me. It was two strikes and you’ve got to get on base.”

With a full count on designated hitter Adam Dunn, Deduno fired a pitch that escaped from catcher Kurt Suzuki as Garcia scampered home for the winning run.

“We’re grinders,” said Chicago center fielder Adam Eaton. “Any way, shape or form we get the job done. It’s not over. We can battle back.”

Right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario (1-0) got the victory after working 1Zc innings as the White Sox won their second straight before a sparse crowd on a sunny but cold afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Deduno (0-1) took the loss in Xc innings of relief after giving up a hit and one earned run while walking two, striking out two, throwing two wild pitches and committing a balk.

“Ultimately, you have the lead and you get the ball to your closer, you feel pretty good about it,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It just didn’t work out. We didn’t finish the game off, and then it’s take your pick after that. It ended in a crazy way with Sammy not being able to throw the ball close enough to the plate.”

The White Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Twins left-handed reliever Glen Perkins to forge a 6-6 tie.

Garcia drove in pinch-runner Adrian Nieto to cut the deficit to 6-5. After reaching third on Perkins’ wild pitch, pinch-hitter Dayan Viciedo scored the tying run when Eaton grounded to third on a fielder’s choice.

The rally ended when Dunn grounded to first.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe and Suzuki each had three hits for the Twins. Shortstop Alexi Ramirez had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox and reached base four times.

MIN ab r h bi CHW ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 6 0 0 0 Eaton cf 5 0 0 2

Mauer 1b 4 1 0 0 Semien 3b 6 0 0 0

Wllnghm dh 3 0 1 0 Abreu 1b 4 0 1 0

Bartltt pr 1 1 0 0 Dunn dh 5 1 1 1

Colbllo ph 1 0 1 0 Garcia rf 5 1 1 0

Kubel lf 6 2 2 1 De Aza lf 3 1 1 0

Plouffe 3b 5 1 3 3 Konerko ph 1 0 1 0

Arcia rf 6 1 0 0 Nieto pr 1 1 0 0

Suzuki c 6 0 3 1 Ramirez ss 3 1 2 2

Hicks cf 4 0 2 0 Flowers c 3 0 1 0

Flormon ss 4 0 0 1 Viciedo ph 2 1 1 0

Garcia 2b 4 1 2 1

Totals 46 6 12 6 Totals 42 7 11 6

Minnesota 011 000 301 00 — 6

Chi. White Sox 030 000 012 01 — 7

E—Correia 1, Eaton 1, L.Garcia 1. LOB—Chicago 10, Minnesota 14. 2B—Kubel 2 (2), Al.Ramirez (1), K.Suzuki (1). HR—A.Dunn (1). SB—Florimon (1), Al.Ramirez 2 (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Correia 6 5 3 2 1 5

Fien H, 1 1 0 0 0 1 1

Burton H, 1 1 1 1 1 0 1

Perkins BS, 1 1 3 2 2 1 2

Tonkin 1 1 0 0 0 1

Deduno L, 0-1 Xc 1 1 1 2 2

Chi. White Sox

Paulino 5 Zc 7 2 1 2 6

Cleto H, 1 Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Downs 0 0 1 1 1 0

N.Jones BS, 1 0 2 2 2 1 0

D.Webb 2 Xc 2 1 1 1 3

Veal 1 1 0 0 2 2

Belisario W, 1-0 1 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Inherited runners-scored—Belisario 2-0, Cleto 1-0, N.Jones 1-1, Veal 1-0, D.Webb 1-0. WP—Deduno 2 (2), Perkins (1).

Umpires—Home, Dan Iassogna; First, CB Bucknor; Second, Hal Gibson III; Third, Dale Scott.

T—4:19. A—10,625 (41,432)