MINNEAPOLIS - Ryan Doumit doubled home two runs in the eighth inning to snap a 5-5 tie and lift the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
The winning rally erupted out of nowhere. With two outs and nobody on, Clete Thomas walked and Joe Mauer singled, bringing up Doumit, who drove a 1-2 pitch to the wall in left center field.
Jared Burton (1-4), who allowed the tying run on Paul Konerko's RBI single, picked up his first win of the season. Glen Perkins struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his 17th save in 19 chances.
The White Sox battled back from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to knock out Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, who has gone eight appearances without a win. Konerko's tying hit was his fourth of the game.
Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod recovered from a rocky first inning and kept the game close until the White Sox offense caught up. Ramon Troncoso (0-2) snuffed out a seventh inning Minnesota threat before allowing Doumit's game-winner.
The Twins started fast with a four-run first inning. Joe Mauer hit his seventh homer of the season with a runner on base, while Trevor Plouffe drove home two more with a bases-loaded single.
White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod was spared a quick hook when Oswaldo Arcia was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Axelrod was able to settle down, at one time retiring eight straight batters.
Chicago cut the Twins' lead in half in the top of the second on Connor Gillaspie's two-run homer. They climbed to within one run when Gordon Beckham came around on a fifth-inning fielder's choice. The White Sox ran their way out of a bigger inning when Alejandro De Aza was tagged out trying to get back to third base after rounding the bag on an infield hit.
NOTES: Thirty Twins minor leaguers and one team coach escaped injury when the bus they were in collided with an oncoming car near Jacksonville early Tuesday morning. The driver of the car, which was traveling south in the northbound lane on Interstate 295, was killed in the crash. The team boarded another bus and arrived safely in Elizabethton, Tenn., where they begin their rookie league season on Thursday. ... Five of Chicago's last six losses coming into Tuesday were by one run. ... Twins No. 1 draft pick (4th overall) Kohl Stewart arrived in Minneapolis on Monday for a physical exam, but has yet to meet with general manager Terry Ryan. ... Paul Konerko's second-inning double was just his seventh extra-base hit since May 2. ... This was the second straight game between the White Sox and Twins in which Axelrod started against Pelfrey. That was also the pitching matchup on May 15, when Chicago won 9-4 at Target Field.