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Nick Blackburn keeps Twins on a roll

Right-hander gives up eight hits in seven innings to help Minnesota beat Chicago, 7-0, and move to within 21/2 games of first-place Detroit in American League Central.

September 22, 2009|Associated Press

CHICAGO — Right-hander Nick Blackburn pitched seven innings and Orlando Cabrera led the offense Monday night as the Minnesota Twins continued their late surge with a 7-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The second-place Twins, who have won five of six, moved to within 2 1/2 games of idle Detroit in the American League Central.

Blackburn (11-11) gave up eight singles with no walks and six strikeouts to earn his first road win since May 31 against Tampa Bay. He is 4-1 this season against Chicago.

Cabrera, who last season helped the White Sox win the division title, had a triple, sacrifice fly and run-scoring single, reached on an error and scored three times.

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