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|Twins Big Hit in Ninth Beats White Sox
|MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pinch hitter Jose Morales singled home Nick Punto with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.
Jason Kubel led off the ninth with a single off Matt Thornton (6-3) and Punto was inserted as a pinch runner. He advanced to third on a single by Brendan Harris, but Tony Pena got Carlos Gomez swinging to take away the sacrifice option.
Morales, the team's third catcher and just recently recalled from Triple-A Rochester, followed with a rope to right-center and was mobbed by teammates.
Michael Cuddyer hit two homers and Jeff Manship was sharp in his first big league start for the Twins, who have won nine of 11 and remained 3 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central.
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