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Twins beat White Sox behind Pavano's CG

Jun 16, 2011 - 3:56 AM Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Carl Pavano went the distance and Delmon Young drove in two runs as Minnesota topped the Chicago White Sox, 4-1, in the opener of an abbreviated set from Target Field.

Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla added an RBI each for the Twins, who have taken five of their last six games and showed no ill effects from Tuesday's postponement.

Pavano (4-5) allowed six hits, three walks and one run while striking out five in his second complete game of the year and 16th of his career.

"[Pavano's] not a guy that's out there just throwing. He's got an idea of what he's doing. He really made some good pitches when it mattered most," White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said.

Brent Morel knocked in the lone run for the White Sox, who lost for the third time in their last eight.

Gavin Floyd (6-6) also went the distance in defeat, charged with 11 hits and four runs with two walks despite fanning six.

Minnesota picked up an insurance run in the eighth, as Michael Cuddyer led off with a single, stole second with one out and came in on a Valencia double for a 4-1 margin.

Pavano needed the run, as he got himself into trouble in the ninth. He allowed an infield hit to Juan Pierre and a double to Alexei Ramirez to begin, but rebounded by retiring the next three batters in turn to preserve the victory.

In the third, Ben Revere hit a one-out double and scored when Casilla followed with an RBI two-bagger. Cuddyer walked then stole second and two runs came in on Young's hit to center for a 3-0 game.

The Pale Hose didn't get untracked until the sixth, as Gordon Beckham led off with a double and scored when Morel followed with a single. Pierre grounded into a double play and Ramirez grounded out to limit the damage.

"That was a great win," Pavano said. "I can't say enough about the plays the guys made behind me."

Game Notes

Minnesota improved to 27-7 against Chicago since May 21, 2009, and have won 13 of the last 15 meetings...Revere, Casilla, Cuddyer and Brian Dinkleman all finished with two hits for the Twins...Floyd turned in his first complete game of the season and fifth of his career.

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  • Danny Valencia double to left scored Michael Cuddyer with two out. Runner on second and Brian Dinkelman due up.

    White Sox 1, Twins 4  Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 15 10:05 PM

  • Brent Morel single to center scored Gordon Beckham with none out. Runner on first and Juan Pierre due up.

    White Sox 1, Twins 3  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 15 9:21 PM
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  • Delmon Young single to center scored Alexi Casilla and Michael Cuddyer with one out. Runner on first and Luke Hughes due up.

    White Sox 0, Twins 3  Bot 3, 1 OutJun 15 8:53 PM

  • Alexi Casilla double to right scored Ben Revere with one out. Runner on second and Michael Cuddyer due up.

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