Miguel Gonzalez

A hop-off winner: Kepler HBP in 9th, Twins top White Sox 5-4

Max Kepler took one for the team — and wound up with a hop-off winner for the Minnesota Twins.

Kepler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday for their fourth straight victory.

Trailing 4-3 entering their final at-bat at Target Field, the Twins came back and held their slim lead for the second AL wild-card spot. They completed a three-game sweep with their first game-ending HBP since current Minnesota manager Paul Molitor was plunked in the 10th at the Metrodome in 1996 to beat Kansas City.

"A win's a win. It's a good way to finish a good month for...

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