Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:35 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jul 31, 2012 11:36 PM
First year manager Robin Ventura and the Chicago White Sox extended their lead in the American League Central Division to 2.5 games with a 4-3 win in Minnesota on Tuesday night. A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and the bullpen held on for the win.
After Alex Rios singled off Jeff Gray (5-1), Pierzynski hit a 0-2 pitch into the right field bleachers for his second homer in as many nights.
Matt Thornton (3-6) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for the win.
Addison Reed allowed an RBI single to Denard Span in the bottom of the ninth, but still earned his 17th save in 20 chances.
Span had four hits for the Twins, whose win streak was snapped at four.
In his first start with the White Sox, Francisco Liriano, who was traded from Minnesota to Chicago late Saturday, allowed two earned runs and four hits in six innings.
Ventura, who at this time last year, was living in Arroyo Grande, has his team 56-47 overall. Second place Detroit lost 4-1 to Boston to fall to 54-50 overall.
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