Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/31)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 30
Chicago 3Final
Minnesota 0
Game 2: Wednesday, July 31
Chicago 1Final
in 10
Minnesota 2
Game 3: Thursday, August 1
Chicago 0Final
Minnesota 6

White Sox 1

(51-57, 21-34 away)

Twins 2

(65-43, 36-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 31, 2002

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: J. Romero (6-1)

    L: A. Osuna (5-2)

    Ortiz knocks in winning run with single in 10th

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With a well-timed single, David Ortiz extended the longest hitting streak of his career and won the game.

    David Ortiz

    Ortiz hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

    Ortiz's hit came after Antonio Osuna (5-2) intentionally walked Corey Koskie to load the bases with one out.

    Left fielder Carlos Lee came in between first and second base in anticipation of a double play. But Ortiz, who had walked three times, stretched his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to right on a 2-1 pitch.

    "I know (Osuna) had a good changeup,'' Ortiz said. "I was just going to try to see the ball and hit it wherever it was at.''

    Luis Rivas led off the inning with a double and Jacque Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Josh Paul tried to throw out Rivas at third, but Rivas beat the throw.

    "That's a do or die play,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.

    J.C. Romero (6-1) pitched the 10th for the win, walking one and striking out one. Chicago had won four in a row.

    "That was a great baseball game,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    The AL Central-leading Twins won despite being held to five hits for the second straight game. Minnesota came into the game with the highest batting average in the majors (.303) since the All-Star Break.

    Twins starter Joe Mays left in the eighth after Mark Johnson singled and advanced on Willie Harris' sacrifice bunt. But LaTroy Hawkins struck out Aaron Rowand and Jeff Liefer to end the inning.

    Mays recovered after a rough first inning in which he gave up a leadoff single to Harris, who eventually scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Mays also gave up two walks in the inning.

    "In the first, I think I was just trying to make that perfect pitch with a man on,'' Mays, an All-Star last year, said. "But we made the adjustment and we made it quickly.''

    The Twins tied it at 1 in the third when Koskie doubled in Jones with a liner to the right corner.

    Both teams got strong pitching performances from starters who have had rough seasons.

    Coming into the game with a 9.13 ERA, Mays turned in his best performance this year, going a season-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out one. Making his third start since coming off the DL with an inflamed right elbow, Mays at one point retired 12 straight batters.

    "It felt great to go out there and rely on my fastball,'' Mays said. "I think I made some great strides tonight.''

    Mays, whose struggles this season were made worse after his injury caused him to miss 83 games, is 6-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 74 2-3 innings against the White Sox.

    "It doesn't matter what Mays' ERA is,'' Manuel said. "It could be 50 against teams, but when he faces us, he does well.''

    For the White Sox, Jon Garland, who came in 1-3 with a 9.86 ERA for July, was just as tough. After setting down eight straight batters, Garland got into trouble in the sixth after giving up two straight walks to Ortiz and Bobby Kielty with one out.

    But Doug Mientkiewicz flied out and Garland struck out Dustan Mohr swinging to end the inning.

    Garland went six innings, allowing three hits, four walks and striking out five.

    "You have your days,'' Garland said. "I think I was attacking the zone better.''

    Game notes

    The White Sox traded RHP Bobby Howry to Boston for two minor league pitchers. ... Twins CF Torii Hunter sat out the second consecutive game with a mild left hip flexor strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Hunter is day-to-day. ... White Sox 3B Joe Crede got his first major league hit this season in the second. Crede was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte. ... Koskie has his second 11-game hitting streak of the season. ... The White Sox bullpen had gone 17 straight scoreless innings until Ortiz's hit in the 10th.

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