CHICAGO (AP)—Roberto Alomar is having fun now.
Pinch-hitter Paul Konerko hit a tying, solo homer with two outs in the 11th for the White Sox. Then in the 12th, Alomar walked with one out and Thomas homered with two outs.
“It is great when you are playing the game for something, that’s why you play the game of baseball, you try to win and you try to get to the pennant,” Alomar said.
“Now that we are playing for something I think it is a lot of fun,” he said.
Alomar went 1-for-5 in the leadoff spot, a day after the White Sox got the 12-time All-Star second baseman from the New York Mets for three minor leaguers.
Carl Everett, obtained Tuesday night from Texas for minor leaguers, was 0-for-4 for Chicago.
Thomas praised White Sox general manager Ken Williams.
“That was awesome. Kenny went out and made two very big moves and showed he’s serious about winning,” Thomas said. “I’m 35. You never know when you’re going to get another chance. I’m definitely going to go out and give everything I’ve got the rest of the season. There’s no easy outs in this lineup now.”
The resurgent White Sox completed a three-game sweep, winning for the sixth time in seven games and reaching the .500 mark at 42-42. Minnesota has lost five of seven.
Eddie Guardado (1-3) walked Alomar in the 12th and one batter later, Thomas ended an 11-pitch at-bat with a two-run homer to left.
“I gave him everything I got,” said Guardado. “He kept on fouling everything I had. When you face a good hitter like him, things like that that happen.”
Billy Koch (5-4) pitched the 12th to get the victory.
Konerko’s shot off Guardado made it 6-all. It was Konerko’s first career pinch-hit homer, and the first for the White Sox this season.
“The bad thing about the whole thing is I let my team down because we battled today like crazy,” Guardado said.
Konerko was in a 4-for-41 slump before hitting his first homer since May 21. The crowd began chanting his name, prompting Konerko to tip his hat to the fans.
“I’m just searching for anything to help the team, that where I’m at right now,” said Konerko.
The White Sox had a chance to win the game in the 10th. Alomar singled with one out off J.C. Romero and pinch-hitter Tony Graffanino also singled. Romero then walked Thomas to load the bases, but shortstop Cristian Guzman made a diving stop on Magglio Ordonez’s ground ball and started a double play.
Trailing early, the White Sox came back to tie it and take the lead.
“We were down 4-0, and no one panicked,” said Thomas.
Valentin singled in the fifth and moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Ordonez.
Kielty led off the game with a walk and two outs later, Hunter homered down the left-field line, hitting the foul pole.
Third-base umpire Lance Barksdale didn’t make an initial ruling, but after Twins manager Ron Gardenhire came out for an explanation, plate umpire Joe West ruled it fair.
White Sox manager Jerry Manuel out of the dugout to argue the call, and was tossed by West. It was Manuel’s seventh ejection of the season and 14th of hissix-year career.
The White Sox turned four double plays. … Twins OF Jacque Jones missed his second straight game with a strained groin. … Twins 1B DougMientkiewicz left the game in the eighth with a bruised right toe.