Chicago at Minnesota

W: G. Perkins (3-0) L: D. Webb (4-1)
HR: CHW - G. Beckham (6),J. Abreu (21)   MIN - None

Twins 5, White Sox 4 wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier has been everywhere for the Minnesota Twins during a breakout season for the sweet-swinging, slick-fielding second baseman.

So it was no surprise that he had his fingerprints all over an eventful ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox.

Dozier started a superb double play in the top of the inning that snuffed out Chicago's chances of taking the lead and then delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the frame to lift the Twins to a 5-4 victory Friday night.

"The walk-off hit, it is what it is, but that's probably one of the best feelings I've had in a while, to be honest with you," Dozier said of his defensive gem.

The White Sox had already scored twice off closer Glen Perkins (3-0) to tie the game, and manager Ron Gardenhire decided to walk Gordon Beckham to load the bases with one out. Conor Gillaspie sent a high chopper in Dozier's direction, and he had to make a split-second decision whether to come home with the throw or try to start the double play. He zipped a throw to shortstop Danny Santana, who fired a laser to Joe Mauer at first base that ended the inning.

"Hats off to Danny," Dozier said. "If he doesn't have an AK-47 attached to his body, we probably don't turn the double play."

Kurt Suzuki had three hits and an RBI and the Twins picked up Perkins, who blew his third save in 21 chances.

In the bottom of the ninth, Daniel Webb (4-1) walked Eduardo Escobar and Sam Fuld with one out and Escobar beat the throw home with a beautiful slide to win it. The play was confirmed upon review.

"I thought there was no way he made the plate, because I felt his hand on my cleat," White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto. "The replay showed he reached back with his right hand. So, he did a great job."

Dozier, who is in consideration for the All-Star game thanks to his 15 home runs and stellar defense, was mobbed by his teammates after the big hit and cheered loudly as he exited the field.

"He's into the game pretty good," Gardenhire said. "He's a fun player to watch play baseball."

Beckham and Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.

Escobar drove in two runs and Ricky Nolasco gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings to help the Twins to their second straight win after a five-game losing streak.

Hector Noesi gave up four runs, six hits and struck out four in seven innings for the White Sox, who lost for the sixth time in the last eight games.

Nolasco got off to an inauspicious start when Beckham and Abreu hit 825 feet worth of home runs off him in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Beckham's was a screamer into the second deck in left field while Abreu's landed in the bullpen in left-center for his 21st of the season, drawing boos from an impatient home crowd.

But the offense picked him up. Escobar's 22nd double of the season scored two in the three-run second inning and Suzuki drove in another to make it 4-2 in the third.

Nolasco settled down after that, not allowing a runner past first base over the next four innings. But the right-hander who was brought in to stabilize the top of a lackluster rotation has often run into problems with a big inning later in his starts and Gardenhire didn't take any chances when two hitters reached base with one out in the sixth.

"I was lucky to give up just two runs to that lineup with the stuff I had," Nolasco said.

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Players of the Game

A. Eaton
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
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Gordon Beckham, 2B4111102 .272
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5020001 .337
Jose Abreu, 1B4111011 .268
Adam Dunn, DH3010110 .234
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000003 .304
Dayan Viciedo, RF-LF3110103 .246
Alejandro De Aza, LF3000001 .210
   a-Paul Konerko, PH1011000 .220
   Moises Sierra, PR-RF0100000 .187
Tyler Flowers, C4010011 .244
   Leury Garcia, PR0000000 .232
   Adrian Nieto, C0000000 .275
Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
a-singled for De Aza in the 9th
2B - Adam Eaton (9, Perkins)
3B - Dayan Viciedo (2, Perkins)
HR - Gordon Beckham (6, Nolasco), Jose Abreu (21, Nolasco)
RBI - Adam Eaton (21), Gordon Beckham (18), Jose Abreu (54), Paul Konerko (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Abreu (17)
CS - Conor Gillaspie (1, 2nd base by Nolasco/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Hector Noesi 7644240 5.34
Daniel Webb (L,4-1) 1.1011210 3.06
Scott Downs 0.1000000 5.40
Ronald Belisario 0100000 4.79
HBP - Arcia (by Hector Noesi)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 108-68, Daniel Webb 30-13, Scott Downs 4-3, Ronald Belisario 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 8-9, Daniel Webb 1-2
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 30, Daniel Webb 6, Scott Downs 1, Ronald Belisario 1
Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana, SS5000013 .325
Brian Dozier, 2B5011010 .238
Joe Mauer, 1B4110000 .258
Josh Willingham, LF3010120 .260
Kendrys Morales, DH3100101 .209
Kurt Suzuki, C4131000 .314
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3100003 .214
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3112111 .299
Sam Fuld, CF2001101 .208
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
2B - Kurt Suzuki (14, Noesi), Eduardo Escobar (22, Noesi)
SF - Sam Fuld (1)
RBI - Brian Dozier (36), Kurt Suzuki (32), Eduardo Escobar 2 (16), Sam Fuld (8)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Dozier (6), Kurt Suzuki (18)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Dozier-Santana-Mauer
Minnesota Twins
Ricky Nolasco 5.1622222 5.52
Matt Guerrier (H,1) 0.2000000 2.70
Caleb Thielbar (H,4) 0.2000100 3.28
Jared Burton (H,8) 1.1000010 5.70
Glen Perkins (W,3-0; BS,3) 1422100 3.16
IBB - Beckham by Glen Perkins
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 104-61, Matt Guerrier 8-4, Caleb Thielbar 18-12, Jared Burton 14-9, Glen Perkins 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-10, Caleb Thielbar 2-0, Jared Burton 1-2, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 23, Matt Guerrier 2, Caleb Thielbar 3, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 7
Game Information
Attendance - 32071
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Mark Wegner