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Four-run ninth completes Twins' rally over White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins want to remember the jubilation of piling on one another as long as possible. Chicago can't erase the memory fast enough.

Delmon Young hit a tying single and Michael Cuddyer raced home with the winning run on Alex Rios' throwing error, capping Minnesota's four-run ninth inning and giving the Twins a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

The Twins won three of four games in the series to move within 1½ games of the first-place White Sox. Detroit is also 1½ games back.

"I think we all kinda felt that something good was going to happen," said Minnesota shortstop J.J. Hardy.

With Chicago closer Bobby Jenks (1-2) on the mound, Orlando Hudson walked in a 10-pitch at-bat and Joe Mauer walked on four pitches. Jason Kubel had an RBI single to left-center to make it 6-4. Cuddyer singled in a run and end Jenks' day.

"I just didn't have it. My cutter was coming back, the sinker wasn't sinking," said Jenks, who had converted 15 straight save opportunities. "The more we can eliminate days like that the better. It's just frustrating that we had to lose that game. In a big series against these guys, every advantage we can we need to take it."

Sergio Santos walked Jason Repko to load the bases before Young hit a single to right-center. Rios' throw to the infield rolled to the White Sox dugout for an error allowing Cuddyer to score and sending the Twins on the field to celebrate.

Brian Duensing (3-1), who could be in Minnesota's rotation before long, allowed seven hits and one earned run in four innings to get the win. His ERA dropped to 1.67.

"I'll do whatever they tell me to do and throw when they ask me to," he said.

If Duensing joins the rotation, it would likely be in place of Nick Blackburn.

The right-hander was better than his past few starts for Minnesota, yet still allowed nine hits and four earned runs in five-plus innings. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Blackburn was 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in May, but since then he is 1-7 with a 9.88 ERA and 11 home runs allowed. He is 5-2 with a 4.15 ERA at home this year, compared to 2-6 with a 10.02 ERA on the road. His 6.53 ERA is the third-highest in the majors among players with at least 11 starts, behind Baltimore's Brad Bergesen (6.54) and the Angels' Scott Kazmir (6.92).

"I don't know how much longer they're going to keep putting up with this stuff," Blackburn said.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said no decision would be made right away.

Gordon Beckham had a career-high four hits and Carlos Quentin had a two-run double for Chicago, which is 17-20 against division foes. Minnesota is 23-13.

"If we don't win against all the teams in our division, we're done," said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen.

Chicago, which has lost three straight for the first time since a four-game slide April 15-18, got the leadoff man aboard in the third through sixth innings, scoring three of the four times. In the sixth, the White Sox scored four runs.

Rios and Paul Konerko singled before Quentin hit a two-run double to the base of the wall in right-center for a 4-3 lead. Ramon Castro and Beckham added RBI singles later in the inning. Beckham was 11 for 14 in the four-game series.

Freddy Garcia allowed three earned runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings for Chicago. Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz each pitched one inning of scoreless relief, before Jenks' struggles.

"He's a great closer in this league, been an All-Star, it's just one of those days," Gardenhire said. "Closers have it where they miss the strike zone a little bit, and we were fortunate."

Young's two-run homer in the second gave the Twins a 2-0 lead. Beckham had an RBI single in the third, but Cuddyer's RBI triple made it 3-1 in the home half of the inning.

Juan Pierre had an RBI groundout in the fifth to get Chicago within one.

Notes

  • Each team had 16 hits.
  • Quentin left the game in the sixth inning with a bruised right hand. He said he's day to day.
  • Hardy was 7 for 15 in the series. He had six hits in his eight games before the All-Star break.
  • Both team's next 13 games are against opponents out of the playoff chase. Chicago faces Seattle and Oakland; Minnesota plays Cleveland, Baltimore, Kansas City and Seattle.
  • Putz's scoreless outing was his 24th straight, tying him with Shingo Takatsu (2004) for longest streak in club history.
 
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The Twins move within 1 1/2 games of first-place Chicago after Delmon Young's walk-off single.  (AP)
The Twins move within 1 1/2 games of first-place Chicago after Delmon Young's walk-off single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Young
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5001013 .259
Omar Vizquel, 3B5020004 .265
Alex Rios, CF5120002 .305
Paul Konerko, DH5120001 .301
Carlos Quentin, RF3122000 .244
    Andruw Jones, RF1010000 .209
Mark Kotsay, 1B4000003 .231
Alexei Ramirez, SS2320100 .279
Ramon Castro, C3011012 .304
Gordon Beckham, 2B4042000 .237
Totals37616612  
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (17, Blackburn), Alexei Ramirez (16, Blackburn)
SH - Ramon Castro (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (17), Carlos Quentin 2 (64), Ramon Castro (9), Gordon Beckham 2 (27)
SB - Carlos Quentin (1, 3rd base off Duensing/Mauer)
CS - Alex Rios (10, 2nd base by Blackburn/Mauer)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Kotsay
E - Alex Rios (2, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia 61133111 4.37
Matt Thornton (H,14) 1000000 2.61
J.J. Putz (H,9) 1200020 1.51
Bobby Jenks (L,1-2)0243200 4.76
Sergio Santos (BS,1)0100100 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 103-60, Matt Thornton 13-9, J.J. Putz 19-14, Bobby Jenks 23-13, Sergio Santos 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 8-8, Matt Thornton 3-0, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 29, Matt Thornton 3, J.J. Putz 5, Bobby Jenks 4, Sergio Santos 2
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4000104 .271
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110102 .283
Joe Mauer, C4110101 .299
Jason Kubel, RF5131001 .269
    Nick Punto, PR0100000 .244
Michael Cuddyer, 1B5132000 .274
Jim Thome, DH4120003 .263
    Jason Repko, PR-DH0000100 .300
Delmon Young, LF5123021 .308
Danny Valencia, 3B4020000 .333
J.J. Hardy, SS4020013 .247
Totals39716643  
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (27, Garcia), J.J. Hardy (9, Garcia)
3B - Michael Cuddyer (4, Garcia)
HR - Delmon Young (11, Garcia)
RBI - Jason Kubel (51), Michael Cuddyer 2 (43), Delmon Young 3 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (14)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Kubel 1
DP - Blackburn-Hardy-Cuddyer, Hudson-Hardy-Cuddyer, Hardy-Hudson-Cuddyer
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Blackburn 5955010 6.53
Brian Duensing (W,3-1) 4711110 1.67
IBB - A. Ramirez by Brian Duensing
HBP - A. Ramirez (by Nick Blackburn)
WP - Nick Blackburn (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 86-55, Brian Duensing 47-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 8-4, Brian Duensing 6-2
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 23, Brian Duensing 17
Game Information
Attendance - 40336
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner