Chris Parmelee drove in his first career runs with a two-run double and the Minnesota Twins avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
The loss dropped Chicago nine games behind Detroit in the American League Central.
Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a scoreless string of 20 consecutive innings with a four-run third.
Carl Pavano (8-11) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Chicago scored twice in the fifth. Juan Pierre’s RBI double – his 1,999th career hit – cut the lead to 4-3 and finished Pavano in the sixth.
Parmelee, called up from Double A New Britain on Monday, had two hits in his major-league debut Tuesday and continued his hot hitting. His double capped a four-run inning off John Danks (6-11). Danny Valencia put the Twinsahead with a two-run single before Parmelee doubled over the head of center fielder Alex Rios.
Minnesota hadn’t scored since the ninth inning of the first game of Monday’s doubleheader
Danks threw 36 pitches in the third as the Twins sent eight men to the plate.