The Chicago White Sox came alive on Thursday night, using a barrage of home runs to defeat the Minnesota Twins 11-8 on Thursday night. Chicago starter Phil Humber struggled in lasting just 4.1 innings, but the offense came through with a great performance.
After trailing 5-4 through the first five innings of the game, the White Sox blew the game open in the bottom of the six inning with six runs on three different homers. The scoring in the sixth began with a pair of solo shots by Paul Konerko and Alex Rios before Alejandro De Aza put the exclamation mark on the scoring binge with a grand slam.
In the seventh, Justin Morneau trimmed Chicago's lead to 10-6 with a solo homer, but the seemingly never-ending run of home runs continued in the bottom of the eighth inning with Dayan Viciedo's solo homer. Morneau came back in the top of the ninth with another homer, this time a two-run shot, to bring the score to 11-8. Addison Reed closed out the game after that.
Overall, the White Sox hit five home runs and three doubles on the day, one of the most impressive offensive performances of the year for the team. A.J. Pierzynski also added a homer in the second inning in addition to the bombs by Konerko, Rios, De Aza and Viciedo. Other than the grand slam by De Aza, the other four were all of the solo variety.