Rookie Ron Kittle drove in three runs with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, becoming the first American League player to get 50 RBI this year, and Greg Luzinski hit a bases-empty homer as the White Sox won their fifth straight, an 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Chicago yesterday.
"I would be a liar if I said I would not like to be in the same locker room with the American League All-Stars," said Kittle, tied for the league lead with 16 home runs but not on the All-Star ballot. "But it's not as important to me as satisfying a lot of personal goals and proving I am not just a flash in the pan."
The Sox have won nine of their last 11 games.
Minnesota hit four homers off Floyd Bannister (3-8) before reliever Dennis Lamp came on in the sixth and saved the win for him.
Rusty Kuntz, recently traded by Chicago to the Twins, opened the game with his first major league homer. John Castino walked, and Gary Ward hit his 13th homer for a 3-0 Minnesota lead.
Chicago scored four in the first on two-run singles by Harold Baines and rookie Greg Walker. They made it 7-3 in the third. Luzinski led off with his ninth homer and Kittle homered to drive in Walker.