MINNEAPOLIS — The fastball flew past Adam Dunn's bat at 95 miles per hour to end the game, and Glen Perkins pivoted on the mound to give his left arm an exaggerated pump.
Perkins and the Minnesota Twins survived another tenuous ninth inning by their normally dominant closer to beat the Chicago White Sox again in dramatic fashion.
Joe Mauer hit a two-run double that just missed reaching the seats and Kevin Correia pitched a smooth six innings for the Twins in a 4-3 victory Saturday, their third straight over the White Sox.
"I don't usually do too much out there after a game, but with everything that's been going on and not doing well yesterday I was excited today to get that one," said Perkins, who notched his 19th save in 22 tries after giving up two runs to blow one the night before.
Adam Eaton led off with a triple and scored on Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Paul Konerko then smacked a single up the middle, but Perkins struck out sluggers Jose Abreu and Dunn to delight the standing crowd of 32,647.
"It's never a comfortable at-bat, because if he hits it he's going to hit it far," Perkins said. "So it was just stay with fastballs ... and make him beat me."
Dunn is 0 for 11 with eight strikeouts in his career against Perkins.
With the Twins trailing 2-1, Mauer's drive in the fifth inning soared over left fielder Alejandro De Aza and landed about halfway up the wall. Kendrys Morales hit the next pitch for an RBI single against Andre Rienzo (4-5), who lost his fifth straight start.
"You have to be a really good outfielder to be able to make that play," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of De Aza. "I see him making a good effort at that. It just started cutting away from him."