MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox engaged in a hard-fought pitchers' duel at Target Field on Tuesday, and Chicago starter Jake Peavy proved to be the better hurler, leading his team to a 4-2 win.
Peavy pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
He had help from his offense -- which banged out 12 hits, including two home runs -- and solid defense, which had only one error when a throw to first broke through the webbing of Adam Dunn's glove.
Twins starter Kevin Correia, who gave up those two long balls, pitched well but lived on the edge all game long. He lasted 100 pitches in 7-plus innings and gave up three runs on nine hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Correia was aided by good defense that turned four double plays and often bailed him out of trouble. The Twins also got a little help from the men in black, as several close calls (and one that wasn't close) inexplicably went in their favor.
The Twins put together only five hits in the game, but two big ones came in the seventh when Josh Willingham led off the inning with a double and scored on Trevor Plouffe's two-out single to tie the game at 2-2.
The Sox came back in the eighth with doubles by Dewayne Wise and Tyler Flowers to retake the lead 3-2. Flowers then scored on an Alexei Ramirez single and the game began to slip away from Minnesota.
Closer Addison Reed came on in the ninth to shut down a minor Twins threat and get the save -- his 12th of the season.
Like in last night's game, the White Sox struck early and first, as Dunn (who was robbed of a home run by the Twins in the previous game) hit his seventh home run of the season in the second inning. Dayan Viciedo followed suit two pitches later for the team's first back-to-back homers of the season.
Correia scattered five hits in the early going, but two of them went over the fence. He got help from his infield, which turned three double plays in the first four innings.
The White Sox turned one of their own, helping Peavy erase Joe Mauer's hit and face only the minimum 12 batters in the first four innings.
In the fifth, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau led off with a double, and miraculously scored on Oswaldo Arcia's base hit to right. It appeared that catcher Flowers tagged Morneau as he slid past the plate, but no call was made. Morneau scrambled back to the plate and was called safe as Flowers had already begun arguing the call.
NOTES: The thermometer hit 92 degrees for the first time this season at Target Field. ... The White Sox have committed an error in five consecutive games (eight total) and rank third in the majors with 29 errors this season. ... Coming into the game, White Sox starter Peavy was 1-4 with a 1.57 ERA in his previous five starts at Target Field. ... Mauer leads all of baseball with a .465 average in the month of May.