White Sox now 2-0 after walkoff wild pitch in 11th
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 2, 2014 4:36PM
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 2, 2014: Alexei Ramirez #10 of the Chicago White Sox (L) gets a high-five from teammate Marcus Semien #5 after scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Adam Eaton #1 during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Updated: April 2, 2014 5:43PM
Leury Garcia scored on a wild pitch by Twins reliever Samuel Deduno with two outs in the 11th inning, and the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garcia opened the 11th with a bunt single on an 0-and-2 pitch from Deduno, who balked Garcia to second with no outs and threw a wild pitch with one out to move Garcia to third.
After an intentional walk to Jose Abreu, Deduno unleashed the wild pitch on a ball-four pitch to Dunn. The Sox are 2-0 after beating the Twins 5-3 in their season opener on Monday.
Paul Konerko started a game-tying two-run rally in the ninth with a pinch single off the third-base bag. Garcia singled in pinch runner Adrian Nieto, and Dayan Viciedo, who also had a pinch single in the ninth, slid home with the tying run on Adam Eaton’s grounder to third baseman Trevor Plouffe.
Dunn homered for the Sox in the eighth inning to get the Sox within 5-4.
Alexei Ramirez doubled in two runs against Kevin Correia and scored on Adam Eaton’s sacrifice fly to give the Sox a 3-1 lead in the second. Felipe Paulino was sharp enough in his first start since 2012 to win, but the Sox bullpen failed to protect a lead for the 30-year-old right-hander.
Paulino, who had elbow surgery in 2012 and hadn’t pitched since he faced the Twins in June of that year, left with a 3-2 lead after pitching 5 1/3 innings. But the Twins scored three in the seventh as left-hander Scott Downs walked Joe Mauer leading off the inning, and Nate Jones walked Josh Willingham to set the table for a three-run rally. Jason Kubel delivered an RBI double and Trevor Plouffe drove in two runs with a single, making it 5-3 Twins. Sox pitchers walked seven batters in the game.
Rookie right-hander Daniel Webb relieved Jones and had to wait more than six minutes while umpires talked through a replay review with officials in New York after center fielder Eaton was ruled to have dropped a fly ball by Oswaldo Arcia. Eaton was transferring the ball from his glove to his throwing hand after a routine catch, and Plouffe, who was on first, never attempted to advance but was awarded second base anyway.
Webb escaped without further damage thanks to two strikeouts and a throw home from left fielder Alejandro De Aza to catcher Tyler Flowers that retired Plouffe on Aaron Hicks’ single.
Dunn’s homer to center field came against Jared Burton. The Twins got the run back in the ninth on Kurt Suzuki’s two-out RBI double against Webb. Suzuki, who had three hits, has four RBI in the series.
Konerko made his season debut with a pinch single leading off the ninth against lefty Glen Perkins. Konerko batted for De Aza.