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Twins 5, White Sox 4: Victory snatched from jaws of defeat

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Late rally and an improbable ending gives Twins series sweep over Sox

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins
Kepler dreamed of this day in the junge baseball bund.
Photo by Andy King/Getty Images

The White Sox started the scoring first with an RBI single by Rob Brantly, then an RBI double by Adam Engel to put them on top 2-0 in the 2nd. The Twins got one back in the top half after Eduardo Escobar hit a triple that bounced off the top corner of the center field wall and a couple of batters later, Zach Granite, P.I. brought him home with a line drive up the center.

Some baseball stuff happened in the 3rd, but no runs by either team.

Tube Socks got another run on a Yolmer Sanchez single to right in the 4th to make it 3-1.

The Twins tied it up in the 5th on a trio of doubles by Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, and Max Kepler.

Bartolo Colon looked pretty good today, he either gave up a hit or struck ‘em out. He gave up no walks and only three runs.

Top of the 9th, Matt Belisle served up a meatball down the middle that Alen Hanson happily arced into the right field seats to give the Sox the lead again.

Twins were down to their last ups. After a Ehire Adrianza PH-single, Granite failed to bunt him over and popped out instead. Dozier moved him over by getting a walk. Eddie Rosario tied it up with a line drive to right field bringing home Ehire. Joe Mauer earned a walk and loaded the bases for Jorge Polanco. Polanco hit it right into the glove of Sox pitcher, Juan Minaya. With the game on the line, bases loaded and two outs, Max Kepler came up to bat. The moment every boy playing baseball in Bavaria dreams of, and Minaya hit him on the leg with the ball for an incredible Twins walk-off-HBP win and a series sweep of the White Sox.

W: Belisle (1-2)

L: Minaya (2-2)

Colon (ND) 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Gonzalez (ND) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

STUDS:

Rosario - 2 for 5, 2B, RBI

Kepler - 2 RBI, 2B, took one for the team for walk-off win

Colon - 6 innings, 3 ER, 8 K

Busenitz - 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K

duds:

Amnesty declared

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