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(Friday, June 20)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Chicago 4
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Dozier's RBI single in the ninth inning sent the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox, 5-4, on Friday.
Twins closer Glen Perkins squandered a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but Minnesota rallied in the bottom half as Eduardo Escobar slid in safely with the game-winning run, narrowly beating Dayan Viciedo's throw from left field.
"That's probably one of the best feelings I've had in a while," Dozier said.
Escobar added a two-run double earlier in the game, while Kurt Suzuki went 3- for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Twins, who had dropped five in a row before taking the first two meetings of this four-game set.
In the top of the ninth, Viciedo legged out a triple with one away and came around to score on Paul Konerko's pinch-hit single, pulling Chicago within a run.
Tyler Flowers moved the tying run into scoring position with another base hit, and Adam Eaton's double down the third-base line brought in the tying run.
The Twins opted to walk Gordon Beckham to load the bases, and the decision paid off with Perkins (3-0) inducing an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Conor Gillaspie.
Daniel Webb (4-1) walked Escobar with one away in the ninth and was saddled with the loss when Ronald Belisario gave up Dozier's walk-off hit.
"You put a couple guys on, it makes it extra tough to be able to hold on," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura.
White Sox starter Hector Noesi surrendered four runs on six hits over seven innings for Chicago, which lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco served up solo home runs to Beckham and Jose Abreu in the first but left in line for the win with the Twins ahead by a 4-2 count.
A walk, double and hit batsman loaded the bases in the second, and all three runners scored, with Kendrys Morales and Suzuki coming in on Escobar's double and Oswaldo Arcia trotting home on Sam Fuld's sacrifice fly.
Suzuki added a two-out RBI single in the third.
This was Perkins' third blown save of the year ... Abreu has 21 home runs in his first 60 big league games ... Nolasco lasted 5 1/3 innings and was charged with two runs on six hits and two walks ... Minnesota won back-to-back home games for the first time since May 16-17.
06/21 02:46:37 ET