Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota Twins 8-7

Tribune reporter

MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox endured a big scare Saturday night but quelled two fears.

They survived a late Minnesota rally to secure an 8-7 victory to snap a five-game losing streak at the Metrodome.

The victory also assured the Sox (45-42) of staying in second place at the All-Star break as they snapped a two-game losing streak, cut their deficit to 2 1/2 games behind division leader Detroit and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota entering Sunday's first-half finale.

"Those are all good things," said closer Bobby Jenks, who survived a two-run ninth by inducing Denard Span to ground into a game-ending double play with the tying and winning runs on base. "I think if we can go out there and win Sunday, it will be more important than [Saturday's] game."

The importance of Saturday's game wasn't lost on manager Ozzie Guillen, as Jenks earned his first four-out save since Sept. 21 at Kansas City. Jenks struck out Justin Morneau with a runner at third to end the eighth.

Guillen admitted that the Sox's woes at the Metrodome crossed his mind as the Twins chipped away at an 8-3 lead.

"I think that's my first win here in the last 10 years I've been managing the team," Guillen said. "I never have a nice vodka. Every time I go out [in Minnesota] I get drunk because I'm [upset].

"Every time you beat these guys in this park you feel better. We've been playing good the last month, and sometimes you wish the All-Star Game isn't coming because we're playing good."

Rookie Gordon Beckham led the Sox's 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk to snap a 2-for-19 rut, but his two-base error fueled the Twins' rally in the ninth.

Gavin Floyd survived two home runs by Joe Crede and lasted 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. Floyd got the last Sox's victory at the Metrodome, an 8-3 victory on July 30, 2008, in which he pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

Floyd's last eight weeks have been as impressive as any Sox player, with the possible exception of leadoff batter Scott Podsednik and John Danks.

Since suffering an 8-2 loss that inflated his ERA to 7.71, Floyd has gone 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA over 10 starts. Floyd (7-6) lowered his ERA to 4.44.

"I just tried to keep us in the game," Floyd said. "[Allowing] five runs isn't what I want, but I felt great out there."

Every Sox starting position player but A.J. Pierzynski had at least one hit. Part-time center fielder Brian Anderson made the most of his start by hitting an RBI double during a two-run second, and he came through in the fourth with an RBI single to score Beckham.

The biggest hit of the game, however, was a two-out, bases-loaded, broken-bat double by Jim Thome in the sixth that expanded the Sox's lead to 8-3.

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