Garland Ejected But White Sox Top Twins
CHICAGO (AP) _ Magglio Ordonez hit two home runs and Jon Garland pitched well before he was ejected as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Saturday night.
Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also homered for Chicago. The benches cleared after Minnesota’s Doug Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch for the second straight night.
A.J. Pierzynski, Corey Koskie and pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer homered for the Twins.
Garland (1-2), pitching to keep his spot in the rotation after three shaky outings in his first four starts, was tossed in the sixth after plunking Mientkiewicz, two batters after Koskie homered.
The benches emptied for several minutes and there was some pushing and shoving in the infield, but no major fighting between teams that have been trading barbs since spring training.
Minnesota reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who was not in the game, and Chicago center fielder Armando Rios were also kicked out, White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.
Mientkiewicz, who last week suggested that Chicago should lose its role as host of the All-Star game after a fan ran on the field and attacked an umpire, was booed loudly for the second straight game.
Garland hit Mientkiewicz in the back side _ one inning after Ordonez was hit for the second straight game. Mientkiewicz pointed his bat toward the mound.
Plate umpire Bruce Froemming immediately ejected Garland and the benches emptied. Tom Gordon relieved Garland, who went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs.
Thomas hit his second homer in as many games and fifth of the season to break a 1-1 tie leading off the fourth against Kyle Lohse, and Ordonez followed with his fourth homer to put Chicago ahead by two.
Lee later doubled and scored when Joe Crede reached out and punched an 0-2 pitch to right for a two-out RBI single to make it a 4-1 lead.
Brian Daubauch, in an 0-for-18 skid, hit a bases-loaded single in the fifth for his first RBI with the White Sox, finishing Lohse (2-3).
Ordonez added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Garland gave up a tying homer to Pierzynski leading off the third.
Lee, who earlier this month homered in five straight games, hit his sixth of the season for a 1-0 lead in the second. He had three of Chicago’s 10 hits.
Notes: In the first two of 19 games between the teams this year, six batters have been hit by pitches _ three on each side. ... Thomas’ homer was the 381st of his career, tying him with former teammate Albert Belle for 46th place on the career list. ... Twins second baseman Luis Rivas was a late scratch because of a sore right hamstring and was replaced by Chris Gomez. ... Chicago reliever Billy Koch allowed his fifth homer of the season to Cuddyer in the ninth.