Valencia, Parmelee Lead Twins Past White Sox, 5-4

After going 20 straight innings without registering a run, the Minnesota Twins offense actually put some numbers on the board against the Chicago White Sox, and did just enough to avoid a four-game sweep.

Danny Valencia and rookie Chris Parmelee each drove in two runs, and the Twins held off a late Chicago rally to hang on for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night at Target Field.

The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning, when the Twins finally did a bit of damage off of White Sox starter John Danks. With runners on first and second and two men out, Danks hit Joe Mauer with a pitch to load the bases. Valencia then came through with a two-run single to give the Twins their first lead in. . .well, in a really long time, putting them ahead 2-0. Parmelee followed that up with a double to deep center field that brought home two more runs and staked Minnesota starter Carl Pavano to a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.

Chicago answered back with two runs in the top of the fifth and another in the top of the sixth to cut the Minnesota lead to 4-3. The Twins added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko to make the score 5-3 in favor of Minnesota. A.J. Pierzynski's RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth brought the White Sox within one run again at 5-4, but the White Sox would get no closer. Joe Nathan came into the game in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the first two Chicago hitters he faced, and followed that up by getting Omar Vizquel to line out to shortstop to end the game.

The loss snapped a five-game losing streak for the Twins, and the four runs they scored on Wednesday night were double the number of runs that they scored in the previous four games combined.

Minnesota will take the day off on Thursday, and then travel to Detroit for a three-game set with the Tigers starting on Friday night. The pitching match-up for the series opener will feature Kevin Slowey (0-4, 5.31 ERA) taking the mound for the Twins, while the Tigers will counter with Brad Penny (9-10, 5.13 ERA).

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.