Herrmann, Twins walk off against White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS — Pinch hitter Chris Herrmann’s ninth-inning single scored pinch runner Doug Bernier, and the Minnesota Twins walked off with a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Target Field on Thursday night.
The White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early innings, and the Twins pecked away until finally tying the game in the eighth and winning it in the ninth.
Trevor Plouffe, who homered earlier, led off the ninth with single past third base. He took second on a passed ball, and White Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso (1-4) walked Chris Colabello. Clete Thomas’ bunt attempt resulted in a force at third base.
Bernier then ran for Colabello, and Herrmann hit a shot past first base to knock in the winning run.
In the eighth, Joe Mauer hit a one-out double off Nate Jones to the gap in left center. Justin Morneau squeezed a single between second and first to score Mauer and tie the game.
White Sox rookie right-hander Andre Rienzo threw 93 pitches in six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey limited the White Sox to the three early runs. He settled down to last 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits while striking out four and walked one.
The Twins’ fourth pitcher, Jared Burton (2-6), threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win.
With Minnesota down 3-1 in the sixth, Brian Dozier reached on an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez and moved to second on Mauer’s groundout. Dozier scored on Josh Willingham’s single to center.
The White Sox hit Pelfrey right out of the gate, collecting two runs on three hits in the first inning. Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham singled, and Adam Dunn knocked in De Aza with a single to center. Gordon scored on Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly.
In the third, De Aza walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly to left for an early 3-0 lead.
Plouffe homered to center in the fifth, cutting the Twins’ deficit to 3-1.
Notes: White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham left the game in the fourth inning with a right quad strain. Jeff Keppinger replaced him. ... When the teams met in Chicago last weekend, the Twins hit 11 home runs while winning three times in the four-game series. ... The White Sox have four pitchers on their starting rotation who are 25 years old or younger, including Rienzo (25). ... Burton, who lost his eighth-inning setup job earlier in the season, hasn’t allowed a run in 19 consecutive appearances (17 1/3 innings).