By Nate Gotlieb
Contributor to CSNChicago.com
Minneapolis — Ronald Belisario gave up three runs in the seventh inning, and the White Sox failed to capitalize on back-to-back singles to start the final frame as they lost 4-3 to the Twins on Sunday at Target Field.
Sam Fuld hit a two-run single with two outs in the seventh for the Twins (47-57), who prevented the White Sox from clinching their first-ever four-game sweep in Minnesota. Gordon Beckham flew out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, ending the comeback attempt for the Sox.
White Sox rookie Scott Carroll allowed one run in six innings for Chicago (51-55) but left the game after 78 pitches because a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
“It was fine up until that last inning,” he said. “Obviously I wanted to go deeper into the game. My pitch count was low enough. I was feeling good. Unfortunately [it] just fired up, and I wasn’t able to fully finish pitches like I wanted to.”
Belisario replaced him in the seventh and while facing his first batter, umpire Jeff Kellogg stopped the game and asked him to remove a bracelet and wipe rosin off his sleeve. Belisario then walked Willingham, allowed Chris Parmelee to single and walked Eric Fryer before Javy Guerra replaced him and allowed a sacrifice fly and the game-winning single.
Belisario appeared frustrated when asked about the incident after the game.
Chicago’s hitters went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts their first time through the order Sunday, after batting 42-for-121 in the first three games of the series. Twins starter Yohan Pino held Chicago hitless through the first 4.2 innings, allowing just a walk.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the third on a Danny Santana RBI triple. Chicago scored twice in the sixth, thanks in large part to a hustle play from Adam Eaton.
Gordon Beckham led off the inning with a double and catcher Adrian Nieto moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Eaton hit a sharp grounder to Parmelee and beat him to the bag, which set up Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.
Eaton scored on a double from Jose Abreu, who extended his hitting streak to 17 games in the process.
Rookie catcher Adrian Nieto cut Minnesota's lead to one with his first-career home run in the eighth inning. Abreu and Paul Konerko led off the ninth inning with singles off All-Star closer Glen Perkins before a Dayan Viciedo strike out.
Alejandro De Aza struck out after a Conor Gillaspie walk loaded the bases, and Beckham flew out to end the game, after a couple sharp foul balls.
“They were fighting and clawing all day,” manager Robin Ventura said of his team. “[Beckham] had a couple shots. He was pretty close at dropping something in...We just weren’t able to get the big hit.”