MINNEAPOLIS -- Alexei Ramirez said the White Sox brought a winning feel to the field with them on Tuesday night.
They needed every ounce of it to overcome a boatload of adversity they faced.
Late RBI hits from Tyler Flowers and Ramirez helped the White Sox handle it all with precision as they handed the Minnesota Twins a 4-2 defeat in front of 32,023 at Target Field. An eighth-inning, two-run rally helped the South Siders overcome a pair of blown calls by the game's umpires, yet another error and a Minnesota surge in time to deliver Jake Peavy (5-1) a well-deserved victory.
“Everybody contributed tonight,” Peavy said. “Some calls that should have went the other way, didn’t go our way. When you keep your composure, and that’s not easy, to win those games shows some character.”
The here-we-go-again theme that has become all too common in White Sox losses early this season was present yet again.
An early two-run White Sox lead was equalized with the help of the umpires and Trevor Plouffe’s two-out RBI single in the seventh inning.
Four double plays kept the White Sox from adding on and the Twins inched closer on two critical mistakes by the men in blue.
But perhaps fed up with everything that had unfolded in their first 36 games or inspired by the coaching staff’s mandatory early fielding practice on Tuesday, the White Sox showed resolve.
Dewayne Wise opened the eighth with a double to right-center off Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (4-3). Flowers, who went 2-for-4, then jumped on a 1-0 fastball from Correia and doubled into the left-field corner to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead. After a sacrifice bunt by Alejandro De Aza, Ramirez had his second hit in four at-bats, an RBI single up the middle, to extend the lead to two runs.
“It's nice to win games like that when you get a couple hits and move guys around,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “That's what you want to see, guys swinging it like that and doing smaller things like that.”
The White Sox did it in grand fashion as well as they finished with 12 hits.
A night after he was robbed of a home run by Aaron Hicks, Dunn made sure the Twins’ sure-handed center fielder couldn’t get to this one with a 412-foot drive to left-center to start the second inning. Viciedo then reached the third deck in left with a drive to make it 2-0 as the White Sox had their first back-to-back homers of the season.
But the team didn’t help its own cause as Correia settled in and wiped out four potential rallies with double plays.
Two runs should have been more than enough for Peavy, but it wasn’t thanks to the umpiring crew.
Replays showed that Wally Bell’s squad clearly missed two calls, including one at the plate. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Oswaldo Arcia singled with two outs to drive in Justin Morneau -- except that Morneau was out. The Twins’ TV broadcast captured Flowers tagging Morneau on the shoulder as he slid past the base. But plate ump Jordan Baker didn’t see the tag and Morneau snuck in and touched home before an incensed Flowers could re-tag him to make it a 2-1 game.
“It’s tough,” said Flowers, who acknowledged it was a difficult angle for Baker. “I knew I tagged him the first time and I look at (Baker) and he’s not doing anything. You have two choices: you either be an idiot and sit there and complain or tag the guy again because he’s off the plate. (Baker) saw the play differently. It is what it is. There’s human error in this game. We did a good job of overcoming that obstacle tonight.”
Two innings later, Dunn was clearly across first base for a leadoff infield single -- replays confirmed -- but umpire Dan Bellino ruled him out. Both calls brought Ventura out of the dugout to argue.
The White Sox also committed their 30th -- and most far-fetched -- error to date in the sixth inning. Ramirez cleanly fielded Brian Dozier’s grounder and fired a perfect throw to first but the ball squirted free from Dunn’s glove after the webbing broke.
Dunn needed a new glove to finish the inning.
Peavy pitched around the error with help from Flowers, who caught Dozier stealing second base. Peavy then struck out Joe Mauer to end the inning.
The right-hander, who is 4-0 in his last five starts, limited the Twins to two runs and five hits while striking out six over seven innings.
“The team came out to win and we battled even though it was hard,” Ramirez said. “We battled together and that’s what allowed us to have a good game.”