Correia goes 7 sharp innings, Twins win
CHICAGO — The Minnesota Twins hit 11 home runs, accounting for all 19 runs in their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox.
Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer backed him with home runs and the Twins beat the White Sox 5-2 Sunday.
"It sure seems we missed a lot of opportunities, but we did put the ball in the seats," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "As we said coming into this series, in this ballpark, the ball flies. If you get a hold of it pretty decent, it's going to go out."
The Twins took three of four games in the series and have won nine of 12 against the White Sox this season.
Minnesota has scored 23 of its 28 runs during its current road trip via home run, but the Twins are 7-for-62 with runners in scoring position during that stretch.
Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie hit solo home runs off Casey Fien in the ninth.
Dozier's three-run homer, his 11th of the season, gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the fifth after Chris Colabello singled and Doug Bernier walked. After Jamey Carroll singled, Mauer hit his ninth homer.
Correia (8-8) struck out seven, tying a season high. He allowed five hits and one walk in his second scoreless outing of the season.
Pelfry ripped Saturday
The double-digit losses and ERA over 5.00 are frustrating enough for Mike Pelfrey. Even worse for the Minnesota Twins right-hander is the lack of progress he's showing this season.
"This is by far the worst season of my career," he said after a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. "It started off brutal and I thought I was getting better for two months, but these last three starts have seemed as (bad) as the first two months."
Pelfrey (4-10) lasted just five-plus innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and four hits with five walks. He left the game in the sixth inning after allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and a walk. The Twins' bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score to turn a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 deficit.
Pelfrey hasn't won since July 6.