MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A big hit from Sam Fuld and a quick recovery by Glen Perkins gave the Minnesota Twins a win that temporarily helped them forget about a season that's slipping away.
Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.
"It's easy to fold up and get down, but we stuck with it, fought and came up with a win," Fuld said.
Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games.
Perkins loaded the bases in the ninth, and it looked like Minnesota's 10-game homestand was going to end with yet another frustrating defeat.
But Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a flyout for his 25th save in 28 chances. The Twins averted getting swept by the White Sox in a four-game series for the first time in franchise history.
"Winning one isn't a great consolation prize, but it's better than losing," Perkins said. "Hopefully it'll give us a little momentum. We came back, we battled back."
Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7) on walks to Josh Willingham and Eric Fryer around a single by Chris Parmelee.
Belisario threw two pitches to Willingham, and the right-hander then was told by plate umpire Jeff Kellogg to remove a bracelet from his glove hand.
"Yeah, I got mad because I always wear it like that. Whatever," Belisario said.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura didn't think the incident had anything to do with the Twins' comeback.
"You just can't put two guys on in that situation. You put yourself in a bind," he said. "We gave them an opportunity there."
Guerra relieved and retired Eduardo Escobar on a foulout, and Santana hit a tying sacrifice fly just deep enough to left-center field. Fuld followed with a line-drive single up the middle and was thrown out at second when he tried to advance.
Adrian Nieto homered in the Chicago eighth off Casey Fien. It was Nieto's first homer in 76 career big league at-bats.
Jared Burton (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Yohan Pino, who didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and wound up giving up two runs and four hits in six innings.
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