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Mauer, Doumit lead Twins over White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (AP) -- Another big hit from Ryan Doumit turned what could've been an ugly loss into a win for the Minnesota Twins.

Doumit hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning, leading Minnesota over the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Joe Mauer homered and Trevor Plouffe had an RBI single in Minnesota's four-run first inning off Dylan Axelrod.

After making baserunning mistakes, errors and throwing wild pitches while blowing the lead, Doumit's hit was very much needed.

"It's nice to be the guy who came up with the big hit," said Doumit, who also has delivered clutch hits in wins over Seattle and Washington this month. "It's a nice little streak that I'm on, there's no doubt. I don't take anything for granted. Hopefully I can keep it going."

The White Sox came back to tie it at 5 in the eighth when Alex Rios worked a leadoff walk from reliever Jared Burton (1-4), stole second and scored on Paul Konerko's single that bounced off the pitcher's mound and into center field.

Clete Thomas walked with two outs against Ramon Troncoso (0-2) in the eighth. Mauer followed with a single -- his third hit of the game -- and Doumit drove a double to left center that gave the Twins the lead.

"They had a mishap or two out there on the bases as well, a couple of wild pitches that let us get some people in scoring position," Konerko said. "When you break it all down it was just the one hit there at the end that did it. Everything was even probably besides that. That was it right there."

The double was also Doumit's third hit of the game.

Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Konerko had four hits for Chicago, which has lost five of six and 13 of its last 15 on the road, and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run homer in the second off Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.

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