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GAME OF THE DAY

This White Sox win is one for the books

September 08, 2007|From the Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jim Thome helped the Chicago White Sox erase a six-run deficit in the ninth and make some major league history before beating the Minnesota Twins, 11-10, in 13 innings Friday night.

Thome's 496th home run highlighted a six-run ninth that tied the game after the Twins scored six runs of their own in the top of the inning.

It was the first time two major league teams each scored six runs to remain tied after the ninth.

A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI single in the 13th to keep Chicago from being mathematically eliminated for the Central Division title.

Luis Terrero led off the 13th with a walk from Juan Rincon (3-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Thome was intentionally walked, Scott Podsednik hit a grounder to second baseman Nick Punto, who flipped to Jason Bartlett. But Bartlett never got his foot on the bag, an error (charged to Punto) that loaded the bases for Pierzynski, whose ground-ball single to left scored Terrero.

Rondell White homered in the six-run ninth for the Twins, who have lost five in a row. The White Sox answered in the bottom of the ninth, when Josh Fields hit a two-run double and Thome hit a three-run homer off Twins reliever Julio DePaula. One out later, Darin Erstad's ground-rule double off Joe Nathan scored Podsednik to make the score 10-10.

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