CHICAGO(AP) While the
Chicago White Sox
weren't exactly showing their best side to
were taking out their anger on the baseball.
hit a grand slam, two doubles and drove in a career-high six runs as the Twins routed the
20-1 Thursday, matching Chicago's most-lopsided loss in team history.
''I think a lot frustration came out today,'' said Mauer, whose Twins had lost the first six games of their road trip before
winning big on getaway day. ''We had a rough trip. It was nice to get some runs. We kept on saying, 'Keep at it, keep at it.'''
There was nothing nice about the game for the
, whose only other 19-run defeat ever was a 19-0 loss at Anaheim in 2002.
''We did everything wrong we could do,'' Chicago manager
said. ''You name it, we did it wrong.''
also homered as part of a 20-hit Minnesota attack that made the
pine even more for Peavy.
After talking trade with Atlanta and the
during the offseason, the
San Diego Padres
have agreed to deal their ace to the
. The teams were waiting to see whether the 2007 NL
winner would waive his no-trade clause.
''I hope Peavy didn't watch the scoreboard today. He might say no,'' said Guillen, whose club lost for the sixth time in eight
games. ''It would be nice to have him. If not, we have to move on and continue to fight.''
His team having lost nine straight on the road, Minnesota manager
shook up his batting order. The strategy worked, with the Twins scoring at least 20 runs for only the 13th time in franchise
Mauer batted second for the first time this season, Cuddyer had four hits and three RBIs and Tolbert drove in four runs. Cleanup
had three hits and everyone in the starting lineup scored within the first three innings.
''There were a lot of good performances out there - too many to name, up and down the lineup,'' Gardenhire said. ''Everything
kind of blew up out there. If you've been in the game long enough, you've seen those.''
Mauer's second career grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning. Tolbert's first big league homer, a three-run shot in the
seventh, made it 20-0.
(2-4) allowed eight runs in two innings.
''I always think positive,'' Guillen said. ''Colon will be real fresh for his next start.''
Although all seven second-inning runs were unearned after an error by third baseman
, Colon's latest in a series of poor outings had
fans hoping the Peavy would get done.
(3-2) allowed four hits over seven innings to win for the first time at U.S. Cellular Field, where he had been 0-4 with a
Minnesota led 1-0 and had two on in the second when Betemit fielded
's bunt and threw the ball off Punto's helmet. Mauer's sacrifice fly and Kubel's RBI single made it 4-0 before Cuddyer lined
a three-run homer over the left-field fence. Three pitches later, Crede took Colon deep for an eight-run lead.
''It wasn't Mauer and (Justin) Morneau going back to back for a change,'' Cuddyer said. ''It was a real fun game. I like that
lineup. I'm an advocate of anything that produces 20 runs.''
Another throwing error by Betemit put the Twins up 10-0 in the fourth.
averted a shutout on
's eighth-inning RBI single off
, those remaining in the ballpark cheered loudly.
It was the 10th time Chicago has allowed 20 runs in a game and first since a 20-14 loss to Minnesota in 2007. The Twins won
for only the second time in their last 12 games at U.S. Cellular.
Notes: Mauer has a 14-game hitting streak. ...
, signed to give the
better baserunning, has been picked off first base in three straight games. Thursday, he also was doubled off first on a bases-loaded
liner to third. ... In their previous seven games, Twins starting pitchers were 0-3 with a 7.23 ERA. ... It was the first
time in 21 games at Chicago that Minnesota pitchers didn't allow at least one home run. ... With OF
coming off the bereavement list, the Twins sent C