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.
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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