The Minnesota Twins gave up two wins in extra innings on Wednesday in Chicago and seemed to try to make it a triple today at U.S. Cellular Field.
Alas, in near-freezing temperatures, the Twins would change the tide on Thursday and claim their first win of the season.
Down to their last strike in the ninth inning against closer Matt Lindstrom, the Twins were lifted by Trevor Plouffe and a game-tying RBI single.
That was only the beginning though as Oswaldo Arcia came up with a go-ahead triple as the Twins downed the White Sox 10-9.
The Twins would hold on in the bottom of the 9th with closer Glen Perkins, who blew the save on Wednesday's 7-6 loss in 11 innings. Perkins was given the save opportunity again Thursday and got Alexei Ramirez to line out hard to shortstop before getting pinch-hitter Paul Konerko to ground out to end the game.
Minnesota held the lead earlier in the game till they Anthony Swarzak came in to pitch in the sixth inning. He struggled, loading the bases with one out before walking the tie run and giving a three-run triple to Jose Abreu.
The Twins win gave manager Ron Gardenhire career win No. 999. Of course he's not at all thinking about getting to win No. 1,000. In a post game interview he said he's most concerned with maintaining a winning atmosphere.
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