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Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Mauer's RBI double in the bottom of 
the  eighth propelled the  Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Whit
Sox in the opener of a four-game set. 

Danny  Santana  singled to open  the eighth off  Jake Petricka (0-2) and Brian 
Dozier followed by chopping a single to right that put runners at the corners. 
Mauer  then slapped an RBI double down the left-field line that plated Santana 
and gave Minnesota the lead. 

Kendrys  Morales  was intentionally  walked  to  load  the bases  following  a 
strikeout  of Josh  Willingham  and Kurt  Suzuki  added an  another  run on  a 
sacrifice fly to center. 

Casey  Fein (4-4)  earned the  win for  pitching a  scoreless eighth  and Glen 
Perkins tossed the ninth to capture his 18th save of the season. 

Mauer  finished with  two RBI and Willingham  homered to help the Twins snap a 
five-game losing streak. 

Minnesota  starter  Yohan Pino made  his major-league debut after spending the 
past  10 years in  the minors. Pino went seven innings and yielded two runs on 
five hits with seven strikeouts in the no-decision. 

"(Pino)  went  out there and did  a great job  for us," said Twins manager Ron 
Gardenhire. "Happy to win the ball game." 

Jose  Quintana opposed  Pino and was up  to the task, allowing two runs on six 
hits with six strikeouts over seven innings of work. 

"That  was wonderful to watch," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, praising 
Quintana.  "He  changed speeds, mixed  it up. His  fastball looks a lot harder 
when he's using the curveball, the slider and the changeup. He has deception." 

Conor  Gillaspie  had the two RBI  for Chicago, which had its two-game winning 
streak halted. 

Willingham crushed a homer into the second deck in left to open the scoring in 
the second and give the Twins a 1-0 advantage. 

Alejandro  De Aza and  Adam Eaton singled around a Tyler Flowers popout in the 
third,  and Gordon  Beckham  walked to  load the  bases.  Gillaspie punched  a 
single  right back  up the box that plated  a pair to give the White Sox a 2-1 
lead. 

Minnesota tied it up in the home half of the third with an RBI single from Joe 
Mauer that scored Danny Santana, who doubled with one out. 

                                   Game Notes 

The start of the game was delayed two hours and six minutes ... Chicago opened 
an 11-game road trip on Thursday, its longest trip since April 18-28, 2011 ... 
Chicago  went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position, while Minnesota went 
2-for-9 in those instances. 

 
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