When manager Ozzie Guillen pleaded with White Sox fans to maintain their patience last weekend, he didn't envision the elements Wednesday night.
Mark Buehrle couldn't hold back his frustrations after a poor performance led to American League Central leader Minnesota thrashing the Sox 13-1.
Moments after rookie Carlos Gomez hit a two-out RBI double to cap a five-run sixth-inning rally, Buehrle already was off the mound when he gave Guillen the ball.
Buehrle went to the dugout, grabbed one of Juan Uribe's bats and whacked it five times against a space heater and a dugout bench before tossing his cap and shaking his head.
"It was everything building up," Buehrle said after the Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games. "It was the way I pitched, the way we're playing. It was one of those games where you can't hold it back."
Gomez also hit a home run leading off in the first inning, a triple in the fifth and an infield single in the ninth to mark the eighth time a Twins player has hit for the cycle. It was the first time a Twins player accomplished the feat since the late Kirby Puckett did it against Oakland on Aug. 1, 1986.
Buehrle (1-4) hasn't won since April 6 at Detroit. He was tagged for seven runs, which equaled his season high set Opening Day at Cleveland, while allowing nine hits. This also was the first time since Opening Day that Buehrle failed to pitch at least six innings.
Buehrle is 0-4 with a 4.54 ERA in his last five starts.
"I've never seen him react like that," Guillen said. "It was weird."
The Twins didn't let up, as they added six runs in the ninth off relievers Ehren Wassermann and Nick Masset as the Twins' 16 hits were the most by a Sox opponent this season.
"We played a sloppy game from the beginning," said Guillen, whose Sox are batting .207 over their last 12 games.
"Mark's easy to manage," Guillen said. "He'll let you know when he doesn't have it."
The start of Wednesday's game was delayed 1 hour 44 minutes because of rain and Livan Hernandez's tantalizing off-speed pitches added to the Sox's frustrations.
Hernandez (5-1) was within two outs of earning a shutout when Jermaine Dye ripped his fifth home run, but he finished with a 121-pitch complete game.
Hernandez barely began his warm-up pitches in the bullpen when Gomez smacked a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence off Buehrle to give the Twins a 1-0 lead that set the tone.
As Buehrle finished the top of the first, Hernandez walked deliberately from the visitor's bullpen to the mound.
Hernandez, signed to a one-year, $6 million contract shortly before the start of spring training, limited the Sox to one hit through the first four innings while throwing big-breaking curves with remarkable accuracy. Eventually he gave up nine hits but only one walk.
The Sox didn't get a runner in scoring position until the fifth, and they didn't get two hits in an inning until they had two outs in the sixth when Jim Thome singled and Paul Konerko followed with a double.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun