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White Sox 4, Twins 3

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CHICAGO -- For the Chicago White Sox, two-out hits had been as elusive as victories over the Minnesota Twins.

On Saturday the White Sox were able to get both.

They tied the game in the eighth on a two-out single by Carlos Quentin and then won the game in the bottom of the ninth on another clutch two-out hit by Alexei Ramirez to finally beat the Twins 4-3.

"They've done it to us all year and that's how they've been beating us is by getting two-out hits," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzyski who led off the ninth with a double and then raced in to score game winner on Ramirez's hit to center, just beating Ben Revere's throw to the plate.

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"To come back. That game had the same old feel of the way we had lost a lot of games to these guys," Pierzynski said.

"You got to send me right there. If the guy makes a great throw and he throws you out, you gotta go. We all know I don't have the best speed in the world. Luckily Revere kind of threw a couple hopper to Joe [Mauer] and gave me a chance to get in."

It was Chicago's first win over the Twins in seven meetings this season and ended a nine-game losing streak to Minnesota stretching back to last season.

Chicago's win was just its seventh in the last 35 games against the Twins.

"You hear about it and you read about it. It starts to fester in there and then you get to a point where you almost try too hard because you want to end it and then it just snowballs," Pierzynski said. "We finally rallied and found a way in the last couple innings which is nice."

Pierzynski, who entered the game when Ramon Castro suffered a broken right hand on passed ball in the eighth inning, doubled off Jose Mijares (0-1) to start the ninth. After two fly outs, Juan Pierre walked and Alex Burnett relieved before Ramirez lined a single to center.

The loss of Castro put a bit of a damper on the victory celebration. He was hurt while Alexi Casilla was batting in the eighth.

"He was trying to bunt, at the last moment he took the bat out of the way and the ball hit me right on the knuckle," Castro said, adding he didn't know if he needed surgery.

"I called fastball away and the ball was inside, I moved, and forgot to get my hand back behind me."

Jesse Crain (5-2) got three outs for the win.

Twins starter Brian Duensing allowed five hits and a pair of runs over seven innings in a duel with Chicago lefty Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle, who entered the game with a 25-19 career record against the Twins, his most wins against any team, allowed four hits and three unearned runs in eight innings with eight strikeouts.

Duensing called the matchup a learning experience, especially with how quickly Buehrle likes to work.

"Right from the get-go I was reminding myself to keep moving. Throwing against Buehrle helped. He works incredibly fast. I felt like as soon as I sat down in the dugout, I had to go right back out," Duensing said.

"If I'm able to continue to keep a quick pace, it's easier for me to pitch because I'm not thinking too much, not second-guessing myself."

Jason Repko led off the eighth with an infield single to short, reaching first with a head first slide. A sacrifice moved him to second, he reached third on Castro's passed ball and scored on Casilla's fly to center for a 3-2 lead.

Twins reliever Glen Perkins hit Pierre to start the eighth and after a sacrifice, Paul Konerko was walked intentionally. Adam Dunn flied out with Pierre advancing to third. Joe Nathan was summoned and Quentin lined a single to left to tie the game. And in the top of the ninth, the White Sox right fielder made a nice running catch at the fence on a drive by Michael Cuddyer.

Ramirez hit his ninth homer to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first. But the Twins got two in the third as Luke Hughes reached on an error by Chicago third baseman Brent Morel and Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a bunt single. After a sacrifice, Hughes scored on an infield out by Ben Revere before Casilla hit an RBI single.

" When it happened you're kind of like 'Here we go again,'" Buehrle said. "As a starting pitcher any time a guy makes an error behind you, you try to pick them up. I made a couple of good pitches. ... You just try to keep the damage to a minimum."

Notes

  • Twins RHP Kevin Slowey, on the disabled list with an abdominal strain, will make a rehab start Sunday in Triple-A. Outfielder Delmon Young [ankle] is expected to rejoin the team after two rehab games this weekend. And RHP Scott Baker [elbow] will meet with doctors Tuesday to see if he will be cleared to pitch.
  • Revere made a nice diving catch of Quentin's sinking liner in the seventh.
  • Former White Sox and now Twins DH Jim Thome struck out four straight times.
 
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Alexei Ramirez's clutch two-out single in the ninth inning secures a Chicago win, their first over the Twins in seven meetings. (AP)
Alexei Ramirez's clutch two-out single in the ninth inning secures a Chicago win, their first over the Twins in seven meetings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Minnesota

A. Casilla
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3001010 .272
Alexi Casilla, 2B3022000 .252
Joe Mauer, C4000002 .243
Michael Cuddyer, RF3000100 .295
Jim Thome, DH4000042 .219
Danny Valencia, 3B4000010 .236
Luke Hughes, 1B3100010 .244
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS3110010 .234
Jason Repko, LF2110010 .239
Totals2934319  
Batting
2B - Alexi Casilla (14, Buehrle)
SF - Alexi Casilla (3)
SH - Ben Revere (2), Jason Repko (3)
RBI - Ben Revere (13), Alexi Casilla 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Casilla (5)
Team LOB - 3
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Duensing 7522121 4.13
Glen Perkins (H,11) 0.2011100 1.97
Joe Nathan (BS,3) 0.1100000 5.82
Jose Mijares (L,0-1) 0.2111100 5.49
Alex Burnett0100000 6.15
IBB - Konerko by Glen Perkins
HBP - Pierre (by Glen Perkins)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Duensing 102-65, Glen Perkins 16-7, Joe Nathan 9-5, Jose Mijares 16-9, Alex Burnett 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Duensing 9-10, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Duensing 27, Glen Perkins 4, Joe Nathan 2, Jose Mijares 4, Alex Burnett 1
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3210100 .266
Alexei Ramirez, SS4132000 .277
Paul Konerko, 1B2001100 .317
    Omar Vizquel, PR-3B0000000 .269
Adam Dunn, DH4000002 .162
Carlos Quentin, RF4011010 .254
Alex Rios, CF4000002 .211
Ramon Castro, C2010110 .235
    A.J. Pierzynski, C1110000 .297
Gordon Beckham, 2B4010002 .241
Brent Morel, 3B3000002 .244
    Mark Teahen, 1B1000001 .218
Totals3248432  
Batting
2B - Ramon Castro (3, Duensing), A.J. Pierzynski (15, Mijares), Gordon Beckham (10, Duensing)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (9, Duensing)
SF - Paul Konerko (8)
SH - Alexei Ramirez (2)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (40), Paul Konerko (66), Carlos Quentin (51)
2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez (15), Carlos Quentin (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Ramon Castro (3)
E - Brent Morel (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle 8430180 3.42
Jesse Crain (W,5-2) 1000010 2.43
IBB - Cuddyer by Mark Buehrle
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 119-77, Jesse Crain 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 14-3, Jesse Crain 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Jesse Crain 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30055
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman