MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox flashed much of what can be good about their team in the first three games of their series against the Twins over the weekend.
Their limitations were on display Sunday in a 4-3 loss at Target Field that prevented their first four-game sweep in Minnesota.
Reliever Ronald Belisario, already bothered by umpires interrupting his pitching to have him remove a potentially distracting bracelet, had more to be upset about when he gave up three earned runs without recording an out in the seventh inning to help the Twins pull ahead. Belisario was saddled with his seventh loss of the season, and his ERA jumped to 5.22.
Trailing 4-3, the Sox loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Twins reliever Glen Perkins, but Alejandro De Aza struck out and Gordon Beckham flied out to end it.
"They were fighting and clawing all day," Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his team. "Their guy (starter Yohan Pino) was good, getting it close enough for guys to swing at and getting guys popping up and swinging at stuff."
Belisario entered under unfortunate circumstances given that right-hander Scott Carroll had held the Twins to one run on four hits while walking only one in six innings. But Carroll had a blister on his right middle finger that began to affect his throwing.
Carroll said he didn't have his best stuff Sunday, but he was encouraged that he was able to pitch through it. The Twins' only run off him came in the third on Danny Santana's RBI triple that bounced off the outfield wall and ricocheted off Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo.
"I wanted to go deeper in the game, but (the blister) flared up," Carroll said. "I wasn't able to fully finish pitches like I wanted to, so we thought it was best to call it after six."
Early in his appearance, umpires pulled Belisario aside to tell him to remove a bracelet on his glove hand and wipe off rosin that showed on his black shirt sleeve. Whether the wardrobe disagreement had anything to do with the performance, Belisario said it upset him, and he still was aggravated after the game.
"I got mad because I always wear it like that," he said. "I told them I would put it under, and they said, 'No, you need to take it off.' I said, 'Why? They're not going to see it.' But whatever."
With the Sox leading 2-1, Belisario loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Santana drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center off Javy Guerra. Sox center fielder Adam Eaton's throw to the plate hopped by catcher Adrian Nieto.
The Twins' Sam Fuld hit a two-run single to give the Twins a 4-2 lead in the seventh. Nieto got one of those runs back in the eighth when he hit his first major league home run.
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