Minneapolis For the past year and a half, some of the Minnesota Twins have felt the Chicago White Sox should have been a little more impressed by their accomplishments.
But the White Sox liberally handed out compliments Thursday after beating the Twins, 7-4.
Ray Durham hit a three-run homer and Paul Konerko went 4-for-5 with a home run as Chicago gained a split of the four-game series.
"These guys have one of the best home records in baseball," Frank Thomas said, "so we feel fortunate to get a split."
Torii Hunter had two hits and drove in a run Minnesota, which leads Chicago in the AL Central by six games. They play 15 more times this year.
"Last year we weren't able to do anything against these guys," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "They had their way with us, so to come in here and play well in all four games is encouraging."
The White Sox led 5-0 after three, but the Twins crept back and had several chances to score more than the two runs they did over the final four innings against five different Chicago relievers.
After Jose Valentin's RBI single gave the White Sox a 7-4 lead in the ninth, Keith Foulke closed the bottom of the inning for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Minnesota's best shot came in the seventh after Konerko's homer in the top of the inning put Chicago ahead 6-3.
Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly scored one run, and the Twins put two on with two out for Hunter against Bobby Howry the fourth pitcher of the inning.
Howry, who hit Hunter the night before with a pitch in the ribs prompting the Minnesota star to take a few steps toward the mound and glare at him, got Hunter to foul out on the first pitch.
"I was trying to take my anger out on that guy," Hunter said. "I might've overswung a little bit."
The White Sox haven't had reliable starting pitching outside of Mark Buehrle, but Gary Glover (3-3) was good enough. He allowed six hits, three runs and two walks while striking out five in 51â3 innings.
Glover was cruising until the fourth when Hunter tripled and David Ortiz doubled with one out. A.J. Pierzynski singled to bring the Twins within 5-2.
In the sixth, Hunter hit a broken-bat bloop single to center that scored Corey Koskie, who doubled. Then Kelly Wunsch came in and closed out the inning, stranding two runners.
The White Sox, who had a season-high 23 hits in a 15-7 win on Tuesday night, were on their way to getting there again Thursday.
They had eight hits and four runs in the first two innings against Twins starter Rick Reed.
Mariners 7, Athletics 4
Seattle Edgar Martinez, back in Seattle's starting lineup for the first time since April 11, homered and drove in three runs to lead the Mariners over Oakland. The popular designated hitter received a standing ovation from the crowd of 42,159 in the first inning and hit his first home run of the season off Barry Zito in the third. Martinez added a two-run single.
Angels 6, Rangers 3
Arlington, Texas Jarrod Washburn won his eighth decision in a row as Anaheim beat Texas. Washburn (8-2) hasn't lost since April 13 against Oakland in his third start of the season. The left-hander has a 3.02 ERA in his 13-game unbeaten streak. He allowed one run over six innings, allowing just four hits.
Tim Salmon hit a two-run single in the fifth off Rob Bell (3-3) to break a 1-1 tie and put Anaheim ahead to stay. The Angels finished their season-long 14-game road trip at 7-7.
Washburn worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by striking out Ryan Ludwick.
Yankees 3, Orioles 2
Baltimore Jason Giambi homered twice and drove in three runs as New York averted a sweep by beating Baltimore, snapping the Orioles' four-game winning streak. David Wells (8-5) allowed six hits over 62â3 innings for the Yankees, who lost the first two games of the series. Wells, 1-4 in his previous five starts, gave up two runs one earned struck out five and walked one.
Steve Karsay pitched 12â3 innings of hitless relief, and Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances and first since coming off the disabled list Tuesday. Rivera has converted 14 consecutive save opportunities since April 23 without allowing a run. New York has not been swept by Baltimore since losing the final three games of the 2000 season at Camden Yards. The Yankees now have 122 homers, the most in the majors.
Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 4
St. Petersburg, Fla. Steve Cox hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay beat Toronto. Brent Abernathy tied it at 4 with an RBI single in the seventh off Cliff Politte (1-1). Cox then greeted Scott Eyre with his double to center field Aubrey Huff homered for the second straight day as the Devil Rays won consecutive games for just the second time since a season-high four-game winning streak from May 18-22.
Indians-Red Sox, ppd.
Boston The Cleveland Indians' game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was rained out before it started. No makeup date was set.