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Cuddyer’s homer helps Twins top White Sox 4-3
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By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Cuddyer’s two-run homer in the sixth inning pushed Minnesota past Chicago 4-3 on Monday night, pulling the Twins’ record back to even and sending the White Sox to yet another defeat at the Metrodome.
John Danks (8-7) allowed two earned runs and six hits over seven innings after missing his last start due to a finger blister, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Sox from their 12th loss in the last 14 games at Minnesota’s soon-to-be-vacated dome.
Glen Perkins (6-6) was a little bit better than Danks over seven innings of his own, letting Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan finish the game and bring the Twins’ record to 50-50 with the AL Central race thickening. When the day began, Detroit was in first, Chicago was two games back and Minnesota was four games behind.
Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox for the second straight day, but Cuddyer’s shot to center was the difference — giving the Twins 112 home runs this season, already one more than last year.
Nathan got some help while picking up his 27th save in the ninth. Denard Span made a sprawling, twisting catch at the wall to retire Carlos Quentin for the second out.
The White Sox entered with the league’s third-worst fielding percentage, and sloppiness let the Twins score twice in the second while getting only two balls out of the infield — including the inning-ending lineout.
Second baseman Jayson Nix was charged with an error when Carlos Gomez knocked him over with a hard takeout slide to stop a double play, causing the relay throw to skip past first baseman Konerko while one run came home. Then Konerko let a low throw by Danks sail under his glove for another error, letting the Twins score again while Danks barked at himself in disgust.
Perkins handed the lead right back, putting his first pitch to Konerko in the third right down the middle for a two-out, two-run shot. The left-hander found a groove after that, allowing a pair of singles over the last 15 batters he faced.
After giving up eight runs and getting only three outs in his last start, a 16-1 loss at Oakland, this was an important bounce-back performance for Perkins. He irked the team, too, by complaining of shoulder soreness afterward.
Most important, though, was the lift for the rotation on a day when the Twins learned right-hander Kevin Slowey needs season-ending surgery on his wrist and in a stretch when the starters have too often failed to go deep into games and hold the leads.
NOTES: Twins 3B Joe Crede, who missed seven of 10 games on the recent road trip because of an injured right shoulder, took some swings and made some throws and could be in Tuesday’s lineup as the DH. "He says he feels good, but the last time he felt really good we put him out there and he dove a couple of times and hurt himself," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Though Quentin has yet to hit a homer in seven games since returning from the disabled list, manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s not concerned about the left fielder’s power stroke. "Right now my biggest goal is to keep him healthy," Guillen said.