Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Mark Buehrle hurled seven scoreless innings and the White Sox knocked around Carl Pavano and Twins to cruise to an 11-0 victory in the finale of their three-game series against the American League Central front-runners.
The blowout was much-needed for a Chicago club that came in five games behind in the division thanks to its four-game skid and Minnesota’s six-game winning streak.
Paul Konerko highlighted the 21-hit barrage with a five-hit night that included a home run, a double and four RBI. Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, Mark Teahen had three hits and two RBI, and A.J. Pierzynski knocked in a pair in a two-hit effort.
Buehrle (12-9) didn’t need that much support, yielding just five hits and a walk while striking out four to win for a fourth time in five decisions.
Pavano (15-8), who came into the game with a 2.63 earned-run average over his previous 13 outings, was touched for seven runs on 15 hits in six-plus frames.