CHICAGO(AP) Pressure is the least of
's worries as the
continue their pursuit of the first-place
Cuddyer hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth and
homered in the same inning and the Twins defeated the
Chicago White Sox
8-6 on Tuesday night.
The Twins won for the eighth time in nine games despite blowing two leads and getting a dismal start from
hit a two-run homer and
added a solo shot for the Twins, who stayed within 2 1/2 games of Detroit in the AL Central.
''I've been fortunate to play in a lot of these games over the past eight years and it never gets old. It's always fun and
there's always something new when you come to the park no matter how many times you've been in it,'' Cuddyer said. ''I haven't
put any more pressure on myself or anything like that. I feel like collectively we all needed to step up - not just one particular
person or two or three people. We all did and thus far we have. We've been able to figure out ways to win the game.''
Cuddyer finished 3 for 4 and a triple short of the cycle, while
had an RBI double in
's 700th win as manager.
''I've been blessed and lucky enough to have an opportunity to manage in the major leagues for 700 wins. That's really special,''
Gardenhire said. ''Myself and my coaching staff, they've done a lot of work. My coaches work their tails off and I tip my
hat to them. As a manager, you get credit with 700 wins, but it's a coaching staff here that has done it and a lot of very
good players out there. So, I'm very happy about that and very excited about that and very proud of that because it has been
- an organization that I really care about.''
(7-4) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory and
pitched the ninth for his 43rd save.
''I think it shows that I think a lot of our young guys are starting to deal with the pressures of the pennant race,'' Nathan
said. ''I think you're starting to see guys just go out and play baseball. Like I said, we're not worried what happens on
the other field. We've got to take care of business here. Guys are really focused.''
hit a two-run homer and
added solo shots for the
, who have lost six of seven.
After the game,
said he is done for the season after his right calf muscle popped while warming up before the game. Jenks, strained his right
calf in Seattle last week and he said he wouldn't be able to pitch for another two weeks.
''We were trying to sneak it under the radar. During the stretch and warmups I went a little overboard and I pulled it today,''
he said. ''I heard it, felt it (pop). It's unfortunate with the way our team's been going.''
Jenks has 29 saves in 35 chances.
Cuddyer put the Twins up for good with his 29th homer off
in the sixth. With two outs, Tolbert hit his second homer of the season after his ball bounced off the top of the left-field
wall and went over to put the Twins up 7-5.
Cuddyer is 16 for 30 with five home runs against Danks in his career.
''I think we should just walk him every time he comes up. I'm at a loss for words,'' Danks said. ''For whatever reason, those
guys got something on me or I just threw up cookies.''
Danks (12-10) allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings. He matched his season-high with eight runs allowed and has
not won a start since Aug. 27, at Boston.
The Twins scored three runs in the first. Danks walked
, then gave up a home run to Cabrera. Kubel doubled and scored on
's sacrifice fly.
Trailing 3-1 in the third, Rios homered for the second time since being claimed off waivers from Toronto on Aug. 10. After
a single by
, Beckham hit a two-run shot to put the
Despite the early 3-0 lead, Manship was only able to give the Twins 2 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits.
NOTES: Twins CF
was held out of the lineup after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch Monday night. ... Struggling
had the night off. He is 12 for 93 in his last 26 games. ... Konerko hit his 28th homer in the eighth.