CHICAGO --- Hours after the Chicago White Sox traded Alex Rios to Texas, Justin Morneau hit two home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 win over Chicago in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
With two outs in the seventh and the Twins trailing 3-1, Morneau fouled off three two-strike pitches from Nate Jones before turning on a fastball and sending it into the right-field seats for his seventh career grand slam. Chicago pitchers walked three batters in the inning before Morneau's homer, one of four home runs for Minnesota.
Chris Colabello homered in the second off John Danks to give Minnesota an early 1-0 lead, and Oswaldo Arcia hit a home run in the eighth off David Purcey to expand the Twins' lead to 6-3. Morneau's second homer in the ninth was his 13th of the season and gave him his 20th career multi-homer game.
Kyle Gibson pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Brian Duensing (5-1) pitched a third of an inning for the win for the Twins, who have won five of seven. In a non-save situation, closer Glen Perkins gave up two runs in the ninth and allowed the tying run to reach base before striking out Adam Dunn to end the game.
Paul Konerko hit a solo homer and Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run home run for Chicago. John Danks pitched six-plus innings and gave up three runs and four hits while walking five and striking out nine but hasn't won since beating Baltimore July 2. Donnie Veal (1-3) walked the only batter he faced in the seventh and took the loss.
Rios had been claimed off waivers Thursday by Texas, and Chicago sent him and cash considerations to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. Jordan Danks, who started in the same game for the first time as his brother John, replaced Rios in right.
Avisail Garcia, whom the White Sox acquired last month as part of a three-team trade for pitcher Jake Peavy, was expected to start the second game of the doubleheader in right if he could make it to Chicago in time. Garcia and Triple-A Charlotte are playing in Durham.
NOTES: White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch for Game 1 after originally being slated to bat eighth and play left field because of discomfort in his left thumb. ... The Twins placed C Ryan Doumit on the seven-day concussion disabled list and activated Josh Willingham, who had missed the last 33 games after surgery on his left knee, from the DL. Doumit took a foul tip off his mask Sunday against Houston but didn't say he was suffering from the hit until Wednesday. "I was disappointed that I have to go on the disabled list, but the flip side of it is I understand the seriousness of head injuries and it's better to be safe than sorry, to err on the side of caution," Doumit said. ... The White Sox recalled OF Blake Tekotte from Charlotte to replace OF Casper Wells, who was claimed on waivers Thursday by Philadelphia. ... Minnesota RHP Mike Pelphrey (4-9, 5.23 ERA) will face Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38 ERA) on Saturday.