Mauer sinks White Sox in 4-2 rain-delayed loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 19, 2014 8:52PM
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MINNEAPOLIS — Thirty-year old right-hander Yohan Pino pitched like he belonged in the show during his major league debut, and Joe Mauer had a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the visiting White Sox 4-2 Thursday night.
Mauer, who had two RBI on the night, broke a 2-all tie by poking a two-hopper down the third base line against reliever Jake Petricka (0-2), scoring Danny Santana and advancing Brian Dozier to third. Dozier scored an insurance run on Kurt Suzuki’s sacrifice fly.
The opening of an 11-game road trip was delayed by rain for two hours, six minutes. Pino, the oldest pitcher to debut for the Twins in the starting rotation, struck out Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham in a perfect first. After Conor Gillaspie drove in two runs with a single in the third, Pino retired 15 of the last 16 Sox he faced.
Jose Quintana pitched seven innings for the Sox (35-38), allowing a homer to Josh Willingham in the second and and RBI single to Mauer in the third. Quintana gave up six hits, one walk and struck out six.
Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.