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White Sox rally late, hold off Twins

The White Sox rallied against Twins reliever Griffin Jax, who fell to 7-4 after yielding one run on two hits in the seventh.

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Chicago White Sox catcher Carlos Perez hits the go-ahead RBI-single against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
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CHICAGO -- Carlos Perez grounded a go-ahead single in the seventh inning and Johnny Cueto dominated across seven strong frames to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

The White Sox (80-80) won for the fourth time in five games following an eight-game skid that torpedoed their playoff hopes. Chicago prevailed despite being outhit 7-5.

Chicago's AJ Pollock had two hits and scored twice, including the go-ahead run. Josh Harrison belted a game-tying, two-run home run in the second against Minnesota starter Bailey Ober.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox left fielder AJ Pollock scores the go-ahead run against the Minnesota Twins on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Chicago. The White Sox won 3-2.
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The White Sox rallied against Twins reliever Griffin Jax, who fell to 7-4 after yielding one run on two hits in the seventh.

That helped make a winner out of Cueto, who broke a four-start losing streak. He spaced two runs and six hits with four strikeouts and zero walks. After allowing three hits in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Gio Urshela, Cueto settled down, as none of the remaining three hits he allowed went for extra bases.

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Cueto (8-10) lowered his ERA to 3.35 in his final start of the season. The right-hander, who notched at least eight wins in nine of 10 seasons to open his career, reached that benchmark for the first time since 2017.

Carlos Correa had three hits for the Twins (77-83), who have lost three straight and four of five.

Urshela added two hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth against Liam Hendriks. The Chicago closer loaded the bases but recovered to record his 37th save in 41 opportunities this season, striking out three.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins third baseman Gio Urshela (15) celebrates with left fielder Nick Gordon (1) after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Chicago. It was Urshela's 13th home run of the season.
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Ober allowed two runs on two hits in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

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