Final in 11
2:10 PM ET, April 2, 2014
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
White Sox edge Twins in 11th on balk, 2 wild pitches by Samuel Deduno
CHICAGO -- Down 0-2 in the count in the 11th inning, Leury Garcia did something surprising: He bunted for a base hit.
What happened next was even more unexpected.
Garcia said he made the call on his own to try and bunt even though the count was against him.
"You have to work on it," Garcia said. "I've been working and that was the perfect time to do it, and I do it. It was perfect."
The speedy Garcia bunted up the third-base line on an 0-2 pitch leading off the 11th and took second when, with Eaton at the plate, Deduno (0-1) never came to a set position and balked.
Eaton struck out, Deduno bounced an outside pitch that hit off Suzuki's glove as Garcia advanced, and Marcus Semien took a called third strike.
Ronald Belisario (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for the win.
"You get momentum from that," manager Robin Ventura said. "There are ways to hit a home run and win a game, and there's another way to manufacture it and come back. By coming back and then you win later, I don't know how many times we did that last year, not many. You end up doing something that feels new and feels fresh for these guys."
The game was delayed during the top of the seventh after Eaton appeared to catch Oswaldo Arcia's fly ball to center and then dropped it when he went to grab the ball from his glove. The play was ruled a catch, but the Twins challenged the call and it was overturned by a replay umpire in New York.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the long delay forced him to pull starting pitcher Kevin Correia earlier than he wanted.
"We were definitely going to challenge," Gardenhire said. "The length of it couldn't be helped from what I heard but it took too long for everybody involved."
White Sox left-hander Felipe Paulino, back from elbow and shoulder surgery, made his first start since June 6, 2012, against Minnesota as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Paulino labored at times and threw 109 pitches.
Correia gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in six innings with five strikeouts and a walked.
It wasn't really a situation where I couldn't go back out there," Correia said. "It was 35 degrees, and I don't know how long that inning was taking already. But it pretty much came down to that review. Without that review, I definitely think I'm going back out there."
Twins reliever Casey Fien was diagnosed with a bruised left ankle when hit on a ball up the middle off Eaton's bat ending the seventh inning. ... White Sox C Adrian Nieto made his major league debut as a pinch runner in the ninth. ... White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie (flu) was scratched from the lineup. ... LHP Jose Quintana starts for the White Sox in the series finale against the Twins, who start RHP Hughes in his Twins debut. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said pitcher Brian Duensing (paternity leave) was to arrive in Chicago on Wednesday night and be activated before Thursday's game.
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 2, 2014: Starting pitcher Felipe Paulino #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers during the...(Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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|2nd||P Florimon walked, O Arcia scored, K Suzuki to third, A Hicks to second.||1||0|
|2nd||A Ramirez doubled to left, A Garcia and A De Aza scored.||1||2|
|2nd||A Eaton hit sacrifice fly to center, A Ramirez scored, T Flowers thrown out at third.||1||3|
|3rd||T Plouffe singled to center, J Kubel scored.||2||3|
|7th||J Kubel hit a ground rule double to deep right, J Mauer scored, J Willingham to third.||3||3|
|7th||T Plouffe singled to right, J Bartlett and J Kubel scored.||5||3|
|8th||A Dunn homered to center (413 feet).||5||4|
|9th||K Suzuki doubled to right, T Plouffe scored.||6||4|
|9th||L Garcia singled to left, A Nieto scored, D Viciedo to second.||6||5|
|9th||A Eaton grounded into fielder's choice to third, D Viciedo scored, L Garcia to third.||6||6|
|11th||L Garcia scored on S Deduno's wild pitch.||6||7|
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|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||10,625 (26.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||38 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dan Iassogna, First Base - CB Bucknor, Second Base - Hal Gibson III, Third Base - Dale Scott|
From Elias: This is the first walk-off win via wild pitch for the White Sox since July 4, 1997 vs Red Sox, when Ozzie Guillen scored on a wild pitch by Heathcliff Slocumb.
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