Twins rip Chisox 6-1, claim AL Central leadHudson, Kubel home runs help Liriano notch 11th victory
CHICAGO (AP) - Jason Kubel hit a three-run home run and Francisco Liriano pitched in and out of trouble to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 and move into first place in the American League Central on Thursday night.
Orlando Hudson also added a solo homer for the Twins, who took two of three games from their division rivals to move one game ahead in the division. The Twins also finished a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record.
The White Sox, who won their last seven straight series at home, lost their first series at U.S. Cellular Field since the Indians took two out of three game from the White Sox on June 4-6.
Liriano (11-7) allowed one run and pitched around seven hits with four strikeouts. He pitched his best when he was in several jams. The Sox loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but Alex Rios hit a ground ball back to Liriano, resulting in a force out at home. Liriano followed that by striking out Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin to end the threat.