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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. 

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. 

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. 

                                   Game Notes 

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. 

 
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