Dye, White Sox slam Twins, 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jermaine Dye's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning Wednesday night, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-4 victory over the slumping Minnesota Twins.
John Danks allowed five hits and two earned runs over 5 2-3 innings for the White Sox, who had lost five straight games before opening a homestand with two victories over the Twins. Danks (3-3), who had an 8.35 ERA in his previous four starts, won for the first time in nearly a month.
The Twins have lost a season-high six consecutive games. They have dropped 10 of 11 in Chicago, getting outscored 79-36.
Francisco Liriano (2-5) gave up seven runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. Minnesota pitching has been good medicine for the White Sox, who have an AL-low 157 runs.
White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez's error on potential double-play grounder helped the Twins take a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Jason Kubel had an RBI single and Joe Crede added a sacrifice fly.
Chicago then broke open the game in its half of the inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Paul Konerko's two-run homer tied it, Josh Fields singled in a run and, after Corky Miller doubled and Jayson Nix drew a two-out walk, Dye hit Liriano's 0-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers.
It was the eighth career grand slam for Dye, who since joining the White Sox before the 2005 season leads all AL outfielders with 147 homers. A strong right-handed hitter who usually excels against lefties, Dye was batting only .133 vs. left-handers this season until he took Liriano deep.
The White Sox have homered in 20 straight home games against the Twins, hitting 40 shots in those contests.
Michael Cuddyer had a two-run homer off Danks in the sixth. Octavio Dotel, Matt Thornton, Scott Linebrink and Bobby Jenks then combined for 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief, with Jenks earning his ninth save in as many chances.