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Twins blast back to close gap
Power surge launches win
Michael Cuddyer crushed a two-run shot deep to the left-field stands to knot the game in the sixth, and Justin Morneau followed with a go-ahead solo homer to win the opener with Wild Card foe Chicago. Joe Mauer added a three-run blast for insurance in the seventh and Brad Radke gave up two earned runs in six innings.
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 Cuddyer's two-run homer
Twins 7, White Sox 4
Michael Cuddyer (right) is greeted at home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the sixth. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Vazquez victimized in sixth
Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe hit solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to put the White Sox ahead of the Twins early, but Javier Vazquez gave up two big homers in the sixth inning as Minnesota gained ground in the Wild Card race.
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 Anderson's two-run shot
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 24, 2006
MIN
Minnesota (57-41)
Won 2
Minnesota 7, Chi White Sox 4   CWS
Chi White Sox (59-39)
Lost 1
July 24, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1   7 12 0
Chi White Sox
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2   4 10 0
Standings thru 7/24/06  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  White Sox Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B4000105.278
Punto, 3B4210104.319
Mauer, C4114021.380
Cuddyer, RF5122010.273
Morneau, 1B5121003.309
Kubel, DH4000001.282
White, LF4000010.215
Tyner, CF4130000.372
Bartlett, SS4130001.316
Totals3871272415 

BATTING
2B: Tyner (1, Vazquez), Morneau (20, Vazquez), Bartlett 2 (8, Vazquez, Riske).
HR: Cuddyer (13, 6th inning off Vazquez, 1 on, 1 out), Morneau (26, 6th inning off Vazquez, 0 on, 1 out), Mauer (8, 7th inning off Cotts, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Punto; Mauer 4; Cuddyer 5; Morneau 6; Tyner 4; Bartlett 5.
RBI: Cuddyer 2 (61), Morneau (81), Mauer 4 (54).
2-out RBI: Mauer 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto 2; Kubel; Morneau 2.
SF: Mauer.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto (10, 2nd base off Cotts/Pierzynski), Castillo (11, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski).

 
Chi White SoxABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Podsednik, LF4010010.272
Iguchi, 2B4020002.290
Thome, DH4000003.289
Konerko, 1B4111022.301
Pierzynski, C4020001.303
Crede, 3B4000002.293
Gload, RF4000002.284
Uribe, SS4221000.244
Anderson, CF4122000.211
Totals3641040312 

BATTING
2B: Podsednik (22, Radke), Anderson (11, Radke).
HR: Konerko (25, 4th inning off Radke, 0 on, 1 out), Uribe (13, 5th inning off Radke, 0 on, 0 out), Anderson (6, 9th inning off Lohse, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Podsednik 2; Iguchi 2; Konerko 4; Pierzynski 2; Uribe 5; Anderson 6.
RBI: Konerko (74), Uribe (51), Anderson 2 (23).
2-out RBI: Anderson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Iguchi; Gload; Thome.
S: Podsednik.
Team LOB: 6.

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Radke (W, 9-7)6.07220124.74
Crain 1.21000204.31
Reyes 0.10000001.37
Lohse 1.02220017.12
 
Chi White SoxIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vazquez (L, 9-6)6.08551425.31
Cotts 1.01110013.10
Riske 1.12111003.75
McCarthy 0.21000004.06

Vazquez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Radke, Vazquez.
Pitches-strikes: Radke 89-58, Crain 27-18, Reyes 2-2, Lohse 15-11, Vazquez 91-56, Cotts 16-8, Riske 33-19, McCarthy 11-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Radke 6-11, Crain 3-0, Reyes 1-0, Lohse 3-0, Vazquez 12-2, Cotts 1-2, Riske 2-2, McCarthy 0-2.
Batters faced: Radke 25, Crain 6, Reyes 1, Lohse 5, Vazquez 27, Cotts 4, Riske 7, McCarthy 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes 1-0, Cotts 2-2, McCarthy 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Laz Diaz. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 83 degrees, clear.
Wind: 13 mph, R to L.
T: 2:54.
Att: 39,750.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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