Sam Fuld scored twice and drove in a run while Brian Dozier
singled in a run and scored for the Twins (36-38), who pulled within
two games of .500. Phil Hughes (8-3) earned the win despite being
knocked around for five runs in as many innings, and Anthony Swarzak
and Casey Fien combined for three perfect innings of relief before
Jared Burton struck out two in the ninth for his first save.
John Danks (6-6) started for the White Sox and surrendered six runs
on 10 hits and four walks in five innings. Gordon Beckham and Jose
Abreu each drove in two and Conor Gillaspie added an RBI in a
five-run third inning as Chicago fell to 4-11 in its last 15 games
and suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the Twins for the
first time since 1994.
Danks started off shaky with a pair of walks and a wild pitch that
led to a run on Willingham's RBI groundout in the first before
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the second on Fuld's RBI double
to right and Mauer's single up the middle. The White Sox got all
that back and more in the third, loading the bases on two singles
and a walk before Beckham doubled in two, Abreu sent a two-run
single to center and Gillaspie singled to right.
The Twins recovered with a three-run fourth as Fuld drew a one-out
walk and Danny Santana followed with an infield single. Dozier
plated Fuld with a single, Mauer singled in the tying run and
Willingham's sacrifice fly scored Dozier with the go-ahead run.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the
third inning for arguing balls and strikes. ... Burton was filling
in for LHP Glen Perkins, who struggled in save situations in each of
the last two days and was being rested. ... The Twins get Monday off
before beginning a road trip at the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday
while the White Sox continue their trip at Baltimore on Monday.
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