Some of the Twins players gathered in front of the television in their clubhouse before Tuesday night's contest against the White Sox and watched video of the pitcher they were preparing to face, Mark Buehrle.
The video was not of the perfect game that Buehrle threw in his previous start, but perhaps it might have helped as the Twins got a glimpse of that unhittable pitcher early on in the contest.
Buehrle was perfect through 5 2/3 innings and set a Major League record of 45 consecutive outs before the Twins were finally able to get to the ace in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox, in front of a crowd of 34,642 at the Metrodome on Tuesday night.
Alexi Casilla broke up Buehrle's bid at a second straight perfect game by drawing a two-out walk in the sixth. Denard Span followed with the first hit of the game off Buehrle -- a single to center -- and Joe Mauer tied the game at 1 with a ground-rule double to left that was misjudged by White Sox left fielder Scott Podsednik.
It was the first of five runs that Buehrle would give up to the Twins over his 6 1/3 innings. The ace hit Michael Cuddyer with a pitch to start the seventh and gave up back-to-back singles that scored one run, giving Minnesota a 2-1 lead. Following a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Gomez to move the runners to second and third, Nick Punto singled to right field to drive in two more runs. Buehrle's final run came when reliever Octavio Dotel walked Justin Morneau with the bases loaded and two outs in the inning.
Prior to the late trouble, Buehrle (11-4) had been sailing through his outing. He retired 12 straight to start the contest, extending his consecutive outs streak to 40 and putting him just one away from tying the Major League record which had previously been set by White Sox closer Bobby Jenks and Jim Barr.
Buehrle tied the record in the fifth by striking out Cuddyer to start the inning and then set the new mark at 42 consecutive outs by getting former teammate Joe Crede to ground out to the shortstop.
Twins starter Scott Baker kept up with Buehrle's effort early as he allowed just three hits over the first five innings. But Baker put the Twins behind 1-0 in the top of the sixth on Jermaine Dye's 23rd home run of the season -- a 427-foot solo shot to left-center. It was the only run Baker gave up over his six innings.From:mlb.mlb.com