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Twins beat White Sox on walkoff sac fly in 9th

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins quickly erased a four-run first by the White Sox with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning against rookie left-hander Jose Quintana, and went on to a 7-6 walkoff victory on Monday night.

The Twins scored the winning run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Jamey Carroll with no outs against Sox reliever Brett Myers.

Danny Valencia led off the ninth with a single to left. Brian Dozier laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe when catcher A.J. Pierzynski's throw to second baseman Gordon Beckham covering first was high, sending pinch runner Alexi Casilla to third and Dozier to second. With the infield drawn in, Carroll then flied to Alex Rios in right field, scoring Casilla.

Twins starter Cole De Vries gave up four singles before A.J. Pierzynski - back in the lineup after missing five games with a strained right oblique - hit a 413-foot, three-run homer to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.

Quintana couldn't hold the lead against the Twins, who got six hits the first time through the lineup and scored four times in the bottom of the first. The Twins scored two more in the third on an RBI single by Ryan Doumit and a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia. After that, Quintana -- who allowed 10 hits -- faced the minimum through the seventh, his last inning.

Alejandro De Aza, returning to the lineup after missing two games with a sore left wrist, had four singles in his first five at-bats, including a game-tying RBI poke to center in the eighth that scored Alexei Ramirez.

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