MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins want to remember the jubilation of piling on one another as long as possible. Chicago can't erase the memory fast enough.
Delmon Young capped a four-run ninth inning with a two-run single, lifting the Twins to a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the White Sox.
The Twins won three of four games in the series to move within 11/2 games of the first-place White Sox. Detroit is also 11/2 games back.
“I think we all kinda felt that something good was going to happen,” said Minnesota shortstop J.J. Hardy.
With Chicago closer Bobby Jenks (1-2) on the mound, Orlando Hudson walked in a 10-pitch at-bat and Joe Mauer walked on four pitches. Jason Kubel had an RBI single to left-center to make it 6-4. Michael Cuddyer singled in a run and ended Jenks’ day.
“I just didn’t have it. My cutter was coming back, the sinker wasn’t sinking,” said Jenks, who had converted 15 straight save opportunities. “The more we can eliminate days like that, the better. It’s just frustrating that we had to lose that game. In a big series against these guys, every advantage we can we need to take it.”
Sergio Santos walked Jason Repko to load the bases before Young hit a single to right-center. Alex Rios’ throw to the infield rolled to the White Sox dugout for an error allowing Cuddyer to score and sending the Twins on the field to celebrate.
Brian Duensing (3-1), who could be in Minnesota’s rotation before long, allowed seven hits and one earned run in four innings to get the win. His ERA dropped to 1.67.
“I’ll do whatever they tell me to do and throw when they ask me to,” he said.
If Duensing joins the rotation, it would likely be in place of Nick Blackburn.