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Colabello's six RBI help Twins rally past White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Oswaldo Arcia's first hit of the season helped give the Minnesota Twins their first victory.

Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBI and doubled twice, Arcia hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth inning and the Twins avoided a season-opening sweep with a 10-9 comeback victory Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

Manager Ron Gardenhire got his 999th career victory, and Glen Perkins picked up his first save after squandering the lead Wednesday.

"Obviously, every day we're just going out and trying to compete," Arcia said through a translator. "We competed the whole series and looking forward to carrying this one over."

On Thursday, it was the White Sox who couldn't finish.

Trailing 9-8 heading into the ninth after Marcus Semien homered in the bottom of the eighth off Caleb Thielbar (1-0), the Twins scored twice off Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom (0-1), who blew his first save chance in two opportunities. Trevor Plouffe singled with two outs in the ninth to tie the game before Arcia's triple off the wall in center gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead.

Arcia had been 0 for 13, but his empty start ended at the best time for Minnesota.

Colabello's three-run double in the third gave Minnesota a 3-1 edge, and his fifth-inning double off Jose Quintana gave the Twins a 5-1 lead. He also had an RBI groundout in the seventh to complete a career game when the raw conditions (37 degrees at game time) were challenging.

"Obviously, I had to have guys on base in front of me," Colabello said. "Just tried to have good at-bats."

What Colabello and Arcia did helped the Twins win in starter Phil Hughes' debut.

Signed by the Twins to a three-year, $24 million contract after seven years with the Yankees, he lasted five innings in his debut and allowed four runs, seven hits and two home runs while striking out seven.

Over his last two seasons with the Yankees, Hughes gave up 59 home runs. The two he allowed Thursday were to Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn, but he left with a 5-4 lead.

Jose Abreu, signed to a six-year, $68 million contract, helped erase that lead. He went 2 for 4 with a double and triple and four RBI. His fifth-inning double cut the Twins' lead to 5-2, and then his bases-loaded triple against Anthony Swarzak gave the White Sox an 8-5 edge in the sixth.

De Aza's home run was his third of the season and Dunn's tied Dave Kingman for 38th all-time with 442, while Tyler Flowers had a career-high four hits.

That put Quintana in position for his first victory of the year after he went six innings and allowed five runs -- two earned.

"He pitched fine," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think he had a couple innings there where it got away on him but other than that, he gave us what we needed."

He got that no-decision when Josmil Pinto hit a home run in the eighth off Ronald Belisario, and the White Sox lost in the ninth when Lindstrom allowed two runs.

"We put up some runs on the board," Lindstrom said. "We came back when we were down, guys putting together great at-bats, playing good defense, so it feels bad kind of letting the team down in that sense."

Notes

The Twins reinstated LHP Brian Duensing from the paternity leave list before the game. RHP Michael Tonkin was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. ... Gardenhire said they'd try to avoid using RHP Casey Fien after Fien sustained a left ankle bruise Wednesday. ... Ventura joked that delays for instant replays are annoying "if they go against us" before saying "that's part of it and we're going to have to deal with it." ... The White Sox went 26-50 against the AL Central last season, and Ventura stressed that the White Sox must improve against the division. "You got some people that made the playoffs probably because of our won and loss record." ... Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey will face Indians RHP Danny Salazar on Friday in Cleveland. ... RHP Erik Johnson is scheduled to start Friday for the White Sox in Kansas City against RHP Jeremy Guthrie.

 
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Twins 1B Chris Colabello follows through on his double in the third inning, which brings home the first three of his six RBI.  (USATSI)
Twins 1B Chris Colabello follows through on his double in the third inning, which brings home the first three of his six RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Abreu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Minnesota

C. Colabello
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 6
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B3200210 .000
Joe Mauer, DH4210122 .083
Josh Willingham, LF3220202 .300
   Jason Bartlett, PR-LF0100000 .000
Chris Colabello, 1B5026011 .500
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4122111 .462
Oswaldo Arcia, RF5011023 .071
Josmil Pinto, C5111011 .200
Aaron Hicks, CF4000000 .364
Eduardo Escobar, SS3100010 .000
   a-Jason Kubel, PH1000000 .286
   Pedro Florimon, SS0000000 .000
Phil Hughes, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Totals371091069  
a-grounded out for Escobar in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Colabello 2 (3, Quintana)
3B - Oswaldo Arcia (1, Lindstrom)
HR - Josmil Pinto (1, Belisario)
RBI - Chris Colabello 6 (6), Trevor Plouffe 2 (5), Oswaldo Arcia (1), Josmil Pinto (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Colabello 5 (5), Trevor Plouffe 2 (2), Oswaldo Arcia (1)
SB - Brian Dozier (1, 3rd base off Cleto/Flowers)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Oswaldo Arcia (1, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Hughes 5744172 7.20
Anthony Swarzak (BS,1) 0.1344200 27.00
Brian Duensing 1.2100010 0.00
Caleb Thielbar (W,1-0) 1111001 6.75
Glen Perkins (S,1) 1100000 9.00
HBP - Abreu (by Phil Hughes)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 97-69, Anthony Swarzak 23-13, Brian Duensing 20-14, Caleb Thielbar 15-10, Glen Perkins 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-4, Anthony Swarzak 1-0, Brian Duensing 2-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-2, Glen Perkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 24, Anthony Swarzak 6, Brian Duensing 6, Caleb Thielbar 4, Glen Perkins 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF3210201 .250
Marcus Semien, 3B4212122 .071
Jose Abreu, 1B4124000 .417
Adam Dunn, DH5112033 .167
Avisail Garcia, RF5000013 .214
Alejandro De Aza, LF4111000 .364
   a-Dayan Viciedo, PH1010000 .667
Alexei Ramirez, SS5010001 .455
Tyler Flowers, C4140000 .500
   b-Paul Konerko, PH1000001 .500
Leury Garcia, 2B4110024 .375
Jose Quintana, P0000000 .000
   Nate Jones, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals40913938  
a-doubled for De Aza in the 9th
b-grounded out for Flowers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Abreu (2, Hughes), Dayan Viciedo (1, Perkins)
3B - Adam Eaton (1, Hughes), Jose Abreu (1, Swarzak)
HR - Marcus Semien (1, Thielbar), Adam Dunn (2, Hughes), Alejandro De Aza (3, Hughes)
RBI - Marcus Semien 2 (2), Jose Abreu 4 (5), Adam Dunn 2 (4), Alejandro De Aza (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jose Abreu (1, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 6552380 3.00
Nate Jones 0022200 0.00
Maikel Cleto (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Ronald Belisario (BS,1) 1111001 3.38
Matt Lindstrom (L,0-1; BS,1) 1222110 9.00
WP - Jose Quintana (1), Maikel Cleto (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 109-69, Nate Jones 12-4, Maikel Cleto 27-15, Ronald Belisario 15-12, Matt Lindstrom 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 6-5, Maikel Cleto 1-2, Ronald Belisario 3-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-0
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 27, Nate Jones 2, Maikel Cleto 4, Ronald Belisario 4, Matt Lindstrom 6
Game Information
Attendance - 11056
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 37
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna