CHICAGO (AP) — Dewayne Wise never expected to take the mound this season. The reserve outfielder certainly didn’t think he would pitch for two different teams.
When manager Robin Ventura called his name Tuesday night, he was more than happy to help.
Wise tossed a scoreless ninth inning after the Chicago White Sox went through five pitchers in an 18-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Wise became the first position player to pitch for Chicago since Dave Martinez on Aug. 4, 1995. He also got two outs in a scoreless appearance for the New York Yankees against the White Sox on June 29.
“The time I threw earlier against the White Sox, I was hoping that would be my last time (pitching),” Wise said. “They were facing guys who were throwing upper-90s the entire game, then I come in throwing 74 (mph). . I guess they were out in front a little bit.”
Chris Parmelee homered to cap a 10-run fifth inning for last-place Minnesota, which had 17 hits, but only three for extra bases.
“They were putting it in play,” Ventura said. “They had good at-bats. It’s worse if you make an error and lose a game or play sloppy that way. This is just one of those we’ll forget this one and play tomorrow.”
The Twins also batted around in a seven-run second against rookie Jose Quintana, but first-place Chicago remained one game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers lost 3-2 to Cleveland.
Parmelee drove in four runs, and Ryan Doumit had three hits and three RBIs. Doumit hit a solo homer in the seventh and scored three times.
Minnesota’s Eduardo Escobar had two hits and three RBIs against his former team.
Wise also had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who had a franchise-record 10 doubles — five in a four-run eighth.
Chicago scored three times in the first, but Minnesota responded with seven runs in the second and 10 in the fifth for its fourth win in 14 games against the White Sox this season.
Parmelee’s three-run shot extended the lead to 17-4. Ventura emptied his bench in the bottom of the fifth, leaving only two starters in.
Dayan Viciedo’s two-out RBI double capped a three-run first inning for Chicago. Alex Rios singled in Adam Dunn, and Paul Konerko drove in the first run with a groundout.
Coming off the shortest start of his young career, 3 2-3 innings at Baltimore, the 23-year-old Quintana (5-4) lasted just 1 1-3 innings as Minnesota pecked away with walks and singles.
Dylan Axelrod allowed both inherited runners to score in relief of Quintana, who was charged with seven runs and five hits.
Minnesota sent 12 batters to the plate. Nine reached base, but the Twins had no extra-base hits in the inning.
Justin Morneau singled twice in the second. He walked and scored twice in the fifth.
Escobar hit a two-run single in the second after being called up from the minors earlier in the day. He came to the Twins as a part of the July 28 trade that sent pitcher Francisco Liriano to Chicago.
Axelrod was called up from Double-A Birmingham earlier in the day. He is expected to make some spot starts down the stretch to give White Sox starters an extra day of rest, but will primarily come on in long relief for the time being, according to Ventura.
Chicago set season highs for runs allowed in an inning and a game.
“The ball starts flying, guys chasing it all over the place. Good night for our ballclub,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think they ran a whole new team at us. They have more players than a football team.”
Scott Diamond made his first start for Minnesota since Aug. 28. He served a six-game suspension for throwing near the head of Texas slugger Josh Hamilton on Aug. 23.
Diamond (11-6) gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two.
NOTES: White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski was given the night off with a lefty on the mound. … The Twins called up RHP Luis Perdomo from Triple-A Rochester. … Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he hopes OF Denard Span (shoulder) can come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Sept. 12. Span has been taking swings in the cage. … Twins RHP Matt Capps (rotator cuff) has been throwing on flat ground. … Jake Peavy (9-10, 3.28 ERA) will pitch the rubber game of the series for Chicago on Wednesday against P.J. Walters (2-2, 5.40).
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