The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 21, 2014

Mauer leads Twins over White Sox 4-3

Correia throws six strong innings to get win

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."

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
James Rodriguez Joins Real Madrid Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Morosi: Lee could be a tough sell Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits English Captain Steven Gerrard Retires From International Soccer - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? McIlroy wins British Open, Tiger finishes 69th 105-year-old woman throws first pitch A Stormtrooper and Chewbacca invade D-backs game Astros, Aiken fail to reach deal Could Rousey beat Mayweather? Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Boomer: Lovie, Bucs to surpirse in 2014 British Open Round 2 in 60 Seconds Gasol: Money wasn't the priority The British Open in 60 Seconds Who SI's Michael Bamberger is Picking to Win at Royal Liverpool — And Why