Chicago at Minnesota

W: C. Pavano (8-11) L: J. Danks (6-11)
S: J. Nathan (13)
HR: CHW - None   MIN - None

Twins 5, White Sox 4 wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins were waiting for something to go right offensively.

When the Twins finally caught a break, of course it was Danny Valencia coming through.

Valencia's two-run single snapped Minnesota's 20-inning scoreless streak and rookie Chris Parmelee added a two-run double to help the Twins avoid a sweep with a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Carl Pavano (8-11) pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs -- one earned -- and 10 hits as Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak. Joe Nathan closed the game with his 13th save in 16 chances.

"It was exciting, to say the least," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Some big moments out there, some big pitches. We missed a couple of opportunities here and there, but we needed a win desperately."

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Minnesota had been shutout in back-to-back games and scored just one run in the first three games of the four-game series. Valencia's bloop single to right field in the third inning finally helped the Twins break through against Chicago.

"He feathered the ball down the right field line," Gardenhire said. "It's about time one of those landed for us. That was a good thing. We got something to land for us and in a big situation."

It had been a while since the Twins had a clutch hit. Prior to Valencia's RBI single, Minnesota was 0 for 24 hitting with runners in scoring position dating back to Sept. 3 and had scored two runs total in the past 42 innings over that stretch.

But the Twins had Valencia up in the perfect position.

With two runners on, Joe Mauer was hit by a John Danks' pitch to load the bases for Valencia. Valencia -- who had the team's only hit in the second game of Monday's doubleheader -- is 12 for 22 with 27 RBI in his career with the bases loaded.

Parmelee, playing in his second career game, followed with a two-run double, over centerfielder Alex Rios' head for his first RBI.

"Hitting's contagious, we thrive off each other," Parmelee said. "Those two hits got everybody pumped up."

Danks (6-11) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four.

This time, Chicago was the team struggling for the big hit. The White Sox left 13 runners on base, and failed to captalize in the sixth when they had runners at second and third with one out. After Alexei Ramirez grounded out back the pitcher, Paul Konerko was intentionally walked and A.J. Pierzynski hit into fielder's choice, leaving the bases loaded.

Konerko had three hits and an RBI after getting a rare day off on Tuesday.

Chicago squandered another prime opportunity in the eighth against Minnesota reliever Glen Perkins. Juan Pierre walked to start the inning and Ramirez followed with a double to right. Pierre scored on an RBI groundout by Pierzynski, but the tying run was left at third base when Alex Rios struck out. Rios then snapped his bat over his knee following the strikeout, which continues a disappointing season for the former All-Star outfielder.

"I don't think we lose," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think we just gave this game away. We had a lot of chances, we can't get the hit.

With the Tigers' 8-6 win against Cleveland on Wednesday, the White Sox are nine games behind Detroit in the American League Central and have just three games remaining with the Tigers.


Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau took batting practice before the game and could travel with the team to Detroit on Friday. Morneau isn't on the disabled list, but will have to get approval from Major League Baseball before returning to play after experienced concussion symptoms. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said OF Carlos Quentin could possibly return to action later this week, even though there is no possibility for a rehab stint. Quentin has taken batting practice the past two days as he recovers from a sprained shoulder suffered on Aug. 20. ... Injured Minnesota pitchers Francisco Liriano (shoulder), Brian Duensing (oblique) and Scott Baker (elbow) will each throw off a mound on Thursday to determine if they will be able to return this season. Duensing could slot back into the rotation and give Minnesota six starting pitchers, but Liriano and Baker likely won't start again this season. ... Gavin Floyd (12-10, 4.45 ERA) will start Thursday for Chicago, who opens a four-game series against Cleveland. Floyd received a no-decision while allowing four runs in five innings on Sept. 3 against Detroit, but has won his last three decisions. ... After an off day, Minnesota will send Kevin Slowey (0-4, 5.31 ERA) to the mound at Detroit. Slowey has given up two runs and pitched seven innings in each of his past two starts. The Twins have scored just one run total in the two games and three runs total in Slowey's four starts. He is 5-0 with a 4.93 ERA lifetime against the Tigers.

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Players of the Game

D. Valencia
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF4211102 .283
Alexei Ramirez, SS5020002 .266
Paul Konerko, 1B4131102 .315
A.J. Pierzynski, C5011017 .287
Alex Rios, CF4001014 .222
Alejandro De Aza, RF5010011 .306
Dayan Viciedo, DH4020010 .368
Omar Vizquel, 2B5110004 .245
Brent Morel, 3B3010103 .255
2B - Juan Pierre (14, Pavano), Alexei Ramirez 2 (29, Pavano, Perkins), A.J. Pierzynski (25, Pavano)
SF - Alex Rios (4)
RBI - Juan Pierre (43), Paul Konerko (93), A.J. Pierzynski (41), Alex Rios (36)
Team LOB - 13
E - Paul Konerko (5, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (L,6-11) 6654240 4.09
Dylan Axelrod 2200120 0.00
IBB - Mauer by Dylan Axelrod
HBP - Mauer (by John Danks)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 114-73, Dylan Axelrod 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 9-4, Dylan Axelrod 3-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Dylan Axelrod 9
Minnesota Twins
Ben Revere, CF4120000 .251
Trevor Plouffe, SS4000023 .242
Joe Mauer, DH2110100 .288
Danny Valencia, 3B4112003 .249
Chris Parmelee, 1B4012010 .375
Luke Hughes, 2B3120101 .240
Joe Benson, LF4000023 .000
Jason Repko, RF4010011 .236
Drew Butera, C2100101 .163
2B - Chris Parmelee (1, Danks), Luke Hughes (11, Axelrod)
RBI - Danny Valencia 2 (65), Chris Parmelee 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Valencia 2 (20), Chris Parmelee 2 (2)
SB - Ben Revere (26, 2nd base off Axelrod/Pierzynski), Luke Hughes (2, off Danks/Pierzynski)
CS - Jason Repko (2, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Valencia-Hughes-Parmelee
E - Chris Parmelee (1, Misplayed grounder), Trevor Plouffe (7, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carl Pavano (W,8-11) 5.11031110 4.52
Alex Burnett (H,9) 0.1000100 5.44
Jose Mijares (H,9) 0.1000000 4.34
Matt Capps (H,7) 1100000 4.11
Glen Perkins (H,17) 1111110 2.59
Joe Nathan (S,13) 1000020 4.76
IBB - Konerko by Alex Burnett
HBP - Viciedo (by Matt Capps)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 99-65, Alex Burnett 9-2, Jose Mijares 1-1, Matt Capps 15-10, Glen Perkins 20-14, Joe Nathan 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 10-6, Alex Burnett 1-0, Jose Mijares 1-0, Matt Capps 1-2, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 28, Alex Burnett 2, Jose Mijares 1, Matt Capps 5, Glen Perkins 5, Joe Nathan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38359
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Brian Runge