Gomez Hits for Cycle; Twins Beat ChiSox

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 12:08 AM CDT
Minnesota Twins' Carlos Gomez slides into third for an RBI triple as Chicago White Sox's Joe Crede awaits the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Chicago.    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Carlos Gomez became the first Twins player since Kirby Puckett 22 years ago to hit for the cycle, Livan Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth and Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 13-1 on Wednesday night. One night after Chicago's Gavin Floyd lost a no-hitter in the ninth, Gomez homered off Mark Buehrle (1-4) on the game's third pitch.

He added an RBI triple in the fifth, doubled in a run in the sixth and completed the cycle with an infield single to lead off a six-run ninth. The ball deflected off reliever Ehren Wasserman, forcing a rushed throw by shortstop Alexei Ramirez that sailed wide. Nick Punto added five RBIs, sending Minnesota to its sixth win in seven games.