Minnesota at Chicago

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Minnesota (50-62) «010000411770
Chi. White Sox (43-70)010020002570

Twins 7, White Sox 5

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CHICAGO -- The way he's hitting, Justin Morneau just might be playing his way onto another team.

Then again, the Twins could hang onto him.

Morneau continued his surge with a grand slam and solo homer, and Minnesota rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday.

"I don't think a hot streak or a cold streak will affect (my trade value) too much," he said. "If there's a team that feels like you can contribute, then if they feel like it's worth giving up something, that'll happen. If not, I'm happy here."

Morneau's been on a tear since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with a .343 average and five homers in August after Friday's first game.

Of course, he knows he can still be dealt.

The White Sox pulled off a trade before the game, sending Alex Rios to Texas, and were in line for their fourth straight win before Morneau mucked it up.

His grand slam off reliever Nate Jones with two out in the seventh wiped out a 3-1 deficit. He added a solo drive in the ninth off Ramon Troncoso, making it 7-3.

"It feels like my swing when I go up there, and that's something I've been searching for for a long time," Morneau said.

Glen Perkins gave up a two-run single to Alexei Ramirez in the bottom half before striking out Adam Dunn to end the game.

Chris Colabello and Oswaldo Arcia also went deep for Minnesota and the Twins came away with the win after dropping two of three at Kansas City.

Chicago's Paul Konerko tied Cal Ripken Jr. with his 431st home run. Ramirez went deep for the first time since April 3, making it 3-1 with a two-run drive in the fifth, and the White Sox fell after sweeping three from the New York Yankees.

John Danks was in line for his first win since July 2, but the bullpen couldn't hold it for him.

He left to cheers after walking Clete Thomas and Pedro Florimon to start the seventh.

Matt Lindstrom struck out Brian Dozier before Donnie Veal (1-3) walked Joe Mauer to load the bases.

Then, after Jones struck out Josh Willingham, Morneau drove a 1-2 pitch out to right. The grand slam was the seventh of his career and his first since July 20, 2009, at Oakland.

Gibson lasted 5 2-3 innings for Minnesota and allowed three runs and four hits, including the drives by Konerko and Ramirez. He struck out four and walked four.

Brian Duensing (5-1) struck out Blake Tekotte to end the sixth.

Jared Burton and Casey Fien each worked a scoreless inning before Perkins came in.

"I like what (Gibson) did," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He made a couple of mistakes and they got him both times. Other than that, I thought he was not over-throwing the ball and I thought his sinker looked pretty good. He gave us a good opportunity and the bullpen came in and did really good work."

For the White Sox, the big news came before the game.

The Rios trade is the latest step as they try to pick themselves up from a dismal season.

It created an opening for Avisail Garcia, the promising outfielder acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy from the White Sox to Boston before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

He was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after the Rios trade was announced.

"These last couple of months, let's salvage a little," Danks said. "We all have pride and make the games count."

 
 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4010132 .242
Joe Mauer, C3100223 .317
Josh Willingham, DH5000035 .219
Justin Morneau, 1B5225010 .268
Chris Colabello, RF3121110 .200
   Chris Herrmann, RF1000010 .230
Oswaldo Arcia, LF5111001 .256
Trevor Plouffe, 3B2010211 .236
Clete Thomas, CF3100114 .222
Pedro Florimon, SS3100121 .226
Totals34777815  
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier (23, Danks), Chris Colabello (1, Danks)
HR - Justin Morneau 2 (13, Jones), Chris Colabello (4, Danks), Oswaldo Arcia (8, Purcey)
RBI - Justin Morneau 5 (64), Chris Colabello (7), Oswaldo Arcia (28)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau 4 (31)
SB - Trevor Plouffe (2, 2nd base off Purcey/Flowers)
Team LOB - 8
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Gibson 5.2433442 6.43
Brian Duensing (W,5-1) 0.1000010 4.30
Jared Burton (H,19) 1000000 3.06
Casey Fien (H,15) 1000010 2.61
Glen Perkins 1322020 2.40
HBP - Jor. Danks (by Kyle Gibson), De Aza (by Jared Burton)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 105-60, Brian Duensing 4-3, Jared Burton 11-7, Casey Fien 11-7, Glen Perkins 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 4-9, Casey Fien 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 26, Brian Duensing 1, Jared Burton 4, Casey Fien 3, Glen Perkins 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, LF4110000 .276
Gordon Beckham, 2B4210101 .308
Alexei Ramirez, SS5124001 .287
Adam Dunn, DH4000112 .225
Paul Konerko, 1B4111001 .241
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3010120 .239
Jordan Danks, RF2010100 .160
Tyler Flowers, C4000025 .193
Blake Tekotte, CF4000033 .208
Totals3457548  
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (15, Perkins)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (2, Gibson), Paul Konerko (9, Gibson)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez 4 (33), Paul Konerko (39)
2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez 4 (19)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks 6433591 4.52
Matt Lindstrom (H,12) 0.1000010 3.48
Donnie Veal (L,1-3) 0011100 7.16
Nate Jones (BS,2) 0.2111021 3.90
David Purcey 1111221 2.38
Ramon Troncoso 1111011 5.75
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 113-66, Matt Lindstrom 6-4, Donnie Veal 5-1, Nate Jones 18-13, David Purcey 34-20, Ramon Troncoso 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-5, David Purcey 1-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 27, Matt Lindstrom 1, Donnie Veal 1, Nate Jones 3, David Purcey 6, Ramon Troncoso 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17439
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Dan Iassogna