MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With a well-timed single, David Ortiz
extended the longest hitting streak of his career and won the game.
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.''
"That's a do or die play,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel
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
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
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.''
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.