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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexei Ramirez  hit a go-ahead single in a 
four-run  eighth inning  and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 10-8 victory 
over  the  Minnesota Twins in  a back-and-forth opener  of a three-game set on 
Friday. 

Jose  Abreu  finished 3-for-3 with  two runs scored, an  RBI and a walk, while 
Tyler Flowers and Ramirez both had two RBI for the White Sox, who have won six 
of their last eight games. 

"Anything  you throw  up there, I think  he's going to hit it hard," White So
manager Robin Ventura said about Abreu. "He's as hot as anyone in the league." 

Javy  Guerra (1-2) recorded  the final two outs of the eighth to earn the win. 
WhitSox starter Chris Sale gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits 
and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. 

Kurt  Suzuki drove in three runs, Kennys Vargas hit a two-run double and Chris 
Parmelee homered for Minnesota, which dropped its third straight game. 

"You  score  eight runs  with (Sale) starting  the ball game,  I bet Las Vegas 
would  take  those odds," said  Twins manager  Ron Gardenhire. "It seemed like 
every inning they scored. That's not going to win you too many games." 

Casey Fien (5-5) was charged with four runs in the eighth inning while getting 
just  one out. Twins  starter Logan Darnell allowed four runs on five hits and 
four walks in four innings of work. 

In  the  eighth, Adam  Eaton and Abreu  both singled off  Fien around a Gordon 
Beckham  strikeout  to place men  on first  and third. Consecutive RBI singles 
from Paul Konerko and Ramirez gave the White Sox the lead. 

Caleb  Thielbar entered to get Conor Gillaspie to line out for the second out, 
but  Flowers  hit a  sharp grounder  to right off  Jared Burton, scoring Dayan 
Viciedo,  who slid under Suzuki's tag at home. Alejandro De Aza's RBI base hit 
up the middle made it a 10-7 game. 

Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham all singled off Jake Petricka 
to  start the  ninth. Suzuki reached on a fielder's choice that scored Dozier. 
Petricka  recovered to strike out Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia to earn his seventh 
save of the season. 

In  the  second, De  Aza reached on  a force  out with two  gone in the frame. 
Moises  Sierra chopped  a line-drive triple to the right-field corner to plate 
De Aza. Eaton followed with a RBI bunt single for an early 2-0 lead. 

Minnesota  responded with  five runs off Sale in the third. Dozier and Plouffe 
hit  back-to-back  singles and  Willingham's base  hit scored Dozier. Suzuki's 
double  to left  scored Plouffe and Vargas' ground-rule double to right plated 
two  runs. Vargas  reached third on catcher Flowers' passed ball and came home 
on Chris Colabello's groundout. 

The White Sox tacked on a run in both the third and fourth. Ramirez reached on 
a force out with two outs in the third and came home on  Gillaspie's double to 
right. Abreu provided an RBI single in the fourth to get Chicago within one. 

Flowers'  solo shot to  right with two outs tied the game in the fifth and the 
WhitSox took the lead in the sixth. 

Abreu and Konerko both singled off Anthony Swarzek before Ramirez gave Chicago 
a 6-5 lead with a double to left. 

The  Twins evened  the game  in the  seventh. A  challenge overturned  a call, 
giving  Dozier  a  leadoff  single.  Dozier  moved  to  second  and  third  on 
consecutive groundouts and scored on Suzuki's base hit up the middle. 

Eric Surkamp took the mound to start the eighth and struck out Arcia. Parmelee 
got  ahold of a 3-2 fastball and crushed it over the right-center wall to give 
the Twins a 7-6 advantage. 

                                   Game Notes 

Abreu  has  reached base in  his last 10 plate  appearances. It is the longest 
streak  by a White Sox player  since  Frank Thomas  reached  in 15  straight 
appearances  from  May 16-20, 1997 ...  Abreu extended his hitting streak to a 
career-high  21 games and has hit safely in 39 of his last 40 games ... Sale's 
four earned runs matched a season high ... Eaton has reached base safely in 18 
consecutive games ... The season series is tied, 6-6. 

 
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