American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago|
(Saturday, August 2)
Final Score: Minnesota 8, Chicago 6
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Oswaldo Arcia hit the go-ahead, two-run
double in the eighth inning and Danny Santana added a solo homer in the ninth,
as the Minnesota Twins rallied to claim an 8-6 decision over the Chicago White
Sox in the second edition of a three-game series.
Trevor Plouffe finished 4-for-5 with two RBI, while Kurt Suzuki also drove in
a run for the Twins, who put a three-game losing streak to rest.
"We're not a team that just gives up and folds over," said Plouffe. "Our
bullpen has been solid for us all year long. Tonight we had to pick them up,
and that's something that we're proud of."
Ryan Pressly (1-0) recorded the final out of the seventh with one pitch. Glen
Perkins closed the door in the ninth to earn his 27th save.
Adam Eaton doubled three times among his four hits and drove in two for the
White Sox, who had won two in a row, including Friday's 10-8 series opener.
Alexei Ramirez added a solo homer and knocked in a pair, while Gordon Beckham
hit safely twice and drove in two for the hosts.
"There's been great fight out of the team all year, I think we can all agree
on that," Eaton said. "It seems like we've had two punching matches with the
Twins so far. We won the first one, they won the second one. I definitely
think we're in a good position to win this one."
Ronald Belisario (4-8) was charged with three runs while recording just one
out in the eighth inning.
The ChiSox reliever allowed a one-out hit from Plouffe, then plunked Josh
Willingham before Suzuki stepped in and delivered an RBI single which brought
the visitors within 6-5. Jake Petricka was summoned, but Suzuki and pinch-
runner Eduardo Nunez moved into scoring position on a groundout before coming
home when Arcia doubled to left for a 7-6 game.
Casey Fien shut the door in the home half and Santana cleared the wall in
right with one away in the ninth for a two-run Minnesota margin.
Perkins gave up a two-out hit to pinch-hitter Paul Konerko, but induced a
game-ending fielder's choice grounder from Ramirez.
Plouffe's RBI double put the Twins on the board, then after a Willingham walk
loaded the bases, Suzuki's double-play grounder brought in Brian Dozier for a
2-0 game in the top of the first.
The Twins made it 3-0 in the third as Santana hit a leadoff single, moved up
on a wild pitch and scored on a Plouffe double.
Alejandro De Aza kicked off the home half with a walk, Eaton doubled, and
Beckham's grounder brought in Chicago's first run.
Parmelee's twin-killing plated Kennys Vargas, who kicked off the fourth with a
base hit, and Minnesota led 4-1.
Ramirez began the bottom portion with his 11th homer of the season, then the
Sox forged ahead with a four-run seventh.
Dayan Viciedo singled, De Aza bunted for a hit and Adrian Nieto sacrificed
both runners, causing Yohan Pino's exit for Brian Duensing. He promptly gave
up a two-run single to Eaton, then gave way to Jared Burton for Beckham's
double to right to score Eaton. After Jose Abreu was given a free pass, Adam
Dunn lined out before a Ramirez hit scored Beckham for a 6-4 game.
Pressly got the call and got a first-pitch swinging Conor Gillaspie to ground
out to first.
Minnesota assumed a 7-6 lead in the season series, with its second win in five
tries this season on Chicago's south side ... Pino started for the Twins and
allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, while
White Sox counterpart Scott Carroll also surrendered four runs on seven hits,
but worked seven full frames ... Plouffe's four hits were a season high and
marked his best output since a four-hit effort last Sept. 3 at Houston.
08/03 01:48:30 ET