Twins edge White Sox

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Colabello helped spark a three-run second inning for the Minnesota Twins, who defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, in the finale of a three-game set.

Colabello, Eric Fryer and Brian Dozier all drove in runs with singles in the second to help the Twins snap a two-game losing streak and a five-game skid to the White Sox.

Scott Diamond (6-11) earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits across 6 1/3 innings. It was the left-hander's first victory since June 20.

The Minnesota bullpen only allowed one hit the rest of the way, with Glen Perkins picking up his 36th save of the season after throwing a perfect ninth.

Chicago starter John Danks (4-14) lost his fourth outing in a row. He was reached for four runs on seven hits over seven innings, though he settled in after a rough first two frames to retire the last 16 batters he faced.

Alejandro De Aza homered for Chicago in the fourth inning, while Jordan Danks drove in two runs with a single in the seventh for the White Sox, who have only won two of their last nine.

Minnesota's Alex Presley dropped a liner into left for a single to lead off the game, and advanced two bases on a groundout from Dozier and a flyout from Trevor Plouffe. Oswaldo Arcia then stroked a grounder into right field for a single that plated Presley.

Ryan Doumit led off the top of the second with a double into right-center field, and Colabello singled up the middle to bring him home. Clete Thomas popped out before Eduardo Escobar reached second on a grounder that tricked down the left-field line for a double. Fryer then stroked a line-drive single to center to score Colabello and move Escobar over to third, and Dozier kept the rally going with a line drive into center that brought home Escobar.

De Aza lifted a fastball over the right-field wall and into the Twins' bullpen in the fourth to cut Minnesota's lead down to three.

Diamond ran into trouble in the seventh. After giving up a walk to Paul Konerko to start off the inning, the lefty got Adam Dunn to fly out to center. Marcus Semien then doubled on a line drive to right before Danks brought in two runs and chased Diamond out of the game with a grounder that eluded a diving Dozier and into the left-field gap.

Casey Fien entered in relief and recorded the last two outs of the inning.

Game Notes

Minnesota went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while Chicago went 1- for-4 ... Chicago has lost 16 of their last 20 games ... Diamond has four wins in his last five starts against the White Sox.

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