White Sox 9, Twins 8
CHICAGO (AP) _ Rookie Carlos Lee hit his second grand slam of the season as the Chicago White Sox handed Minnesota its season-high, seventh straight loss, 9-8 Friday night.
Lee connected in the first inning, his 16th home run and second in as many games. Brook Fordyce also drove in four runs, hitting a three-run homer and an RBI single for the White Sox, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
James Baldwin (12-13) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks over six innings for his eighth victory in 13 starts. Baldwin struck out eight, matching his season-high.
The Twins closed to 9-8 in the ninth on Matt Lawton’s two-out, two-run single off Bob Howry, but Howry retired Javier Valentin on a popup for his 28th save.
Howry, who also hit a leadoff homer in the eighth, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
Jason Ryan (1-4) took the loss, allowing five runs, four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning _ his shortest outing in eight major league starts.
Ryan retired the first two batters he faced before the White Sox loaded the bases. After Lee’s grand slam, Jeff Liefer tripled and scored on Fordyce’s single that chased Ryan and made it 5-0.
Minnesota made it 5-1 on Corey Koskie’s RBI single in the third.
After Fordyce’s homer in the third put Chicago ahead 8-1, Minnesota closed to 8-5 on Terry Steinbach’s RBI double in the fourth and Jacque Jones’ three-run homer in the sixth.
Liu Rodriguez’s RBI single in the seventh made it 9-5.
Notes: Lee’s other grand slam was May 17 off Cleveland’s Bartolo Colon. ... Steinbach had to leave the game in the fourth with a bruised right wrist after he was hit by a pitch. ... Baldwin went 4-9 in the first half of the season and 8-4 in the second half.