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Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar slides past Chicago White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto and reaches for home plate to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Minnesota picked up a walk-off victory Friday at Target Field in Minneapolis. USA Today Sports

Dozier's hit gives Twins a walk-off victory

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MINNEAPOLIS – Brian Dozier’s RBI single with two on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a tie and gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Target Field.

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After the White Sox had staged a rally of their own to overcome a two-run deficit in the top half of the ninth, Minnesota put two aboard for Dozier, who faced White Sox reliever Ronald Belisario. Dozier ripped a single to left field over shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s head for the walk-off win.

Down 4-2 entering the ninth inning, the White Sox rallied against Twins closer Glen Perkins to tie the game, taking advantage of a misplayed fly ball by Twins left fielder Josh Willingham. With one down, Chicago right fielder Dayan Viciedo hit a deep shot to Willingham that bounced off his glove on the warning track. Viciedo ended up at third on a play ruled a triple, and he scored one batter later on a single to center by pinch-hitter Paul Konerko.

Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers followed with a single before center fielder Adam Eaton drove a double down the left-field line to tie the game.

The blown save was Perkins’ third of the season and second against the White Sox (the other coming on April 2). After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Perkins escaped further damage by getting a double play from Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie to end the inning.

Despite the rough outing, Perkins earned the win to improve to 3-0. White Sox righty Daniel Webb took the loss, dropping to 4-1.

Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco was shelled in the first inning, giving up a pair of long solo home runs to White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, his sixth, and to first baseman Jose Abreu, his 21st.

Minnesota went ahead in its half of the second, getting a walk, a double and a hit batter to load the bases for third baseman Eduardo Escobar, who drilled a double into the right-field corner, scoring two. The two-base hit was his 22nd of the season, tying Trevor Plouffe for the team lead. The next batter, center fielder Sam Fuld, gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly to deep right.

The Twins took a two-run lead in the next inning after first baseman Joe Mauer singled and Willingham walked. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales’ swinging bunt moved both into scoring position and Mauer scored on an infield single by catcher Kurt Suzuki.

CHW ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Eaton cf 4 0 2 1 Santana ss 5 0 0 0

Beckham 2b 4 1 1 1 Dozier 2b 5 0 1 1

Gillspi 3b 5 0 2 0 Mauer 1b 4 1 1 0

Abreu 1b 4 1 1 1 Wllnghm lf 3 0 1 0

Dunn dh 3 0 1 0 Morales dh 3 1 0 0

Ramirez ss 4 0 0 0 Suzuki c 4 1 3 1

Viciedo rf 3 1 1 0 Arcia rf 3 1 0 0

De Aza lf 3 0 0 0 Escobar 3b 3 1 1 2

Konerko ph 1 0 1 1 Fuld cf 2 0 0 1

Sierra pr 0 1 0 0

Flowers c 4 0 1 0

Garcia pr 0 0 0 0

Nieto c 0 0 0 0

Totals 35 4 10 4 Totals 32 5 7 5

Chi. White Sox 200 000 002 — 4

Minnesota 031 000 001 — 5

LOB—Minnesota 7, Chicago 8. 2B—Eaton (9), E.Escobar (22), K.Suzuki (14). 3B—Viciedo (2). HR—J.Abreu (21), G.Beckham (6). CS—Gillaspie (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Chi. White Sox

Noesi 7 6 4 4 2 4

D.Webb L, 4-1 1 Z\c 0 1 1 2 1

S.Downs Z\c 0 0 0 0 0

Belisario 0 1 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Nolasco 5 Z\c 6 2 2 2 2

Guerrier H, 1 X\c 0 0 0 0 0

Thielbar H, 4 X\c 0 0 0 1 0

Burton H, 8 1 Z\c 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins W, 3-0 BS, 3 1 4 2 2 1 0

Inherited runners-scored—Belisario 2-1, S.Downs 2-0, Burton 1-0, Guerrier 2-0. HBP—Arcia (by Noesi).

Umpires—Home, Andy Fletcher; First, Chris Segal; Second, D.J. Reyburn; Third, Mark Wegner.

T—3:13. A—32,071 (42,035)

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