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The Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) scores on a single by Alexei Ramirez in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The White Sox won, 10-8. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune/MCT)

White Sox out-slug Twins, 10-8

Rick Hahn said the Chicago White Sox were close on a three-team trade Thursday.

Instead, the Sox general manager said Friday that his team came up empty a couple of hours shy of the trade deadline. The Sox were victorious on the field Friday, however, scoring four runs in the eighth inning en route to a 10-8 win over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.It wasn't pretty.

If the unspecified deal had come to fruition, Hahn said, the White Sox "would've wound up netting us such a piece, a guy who'd been a target for awhile, but for whatever reason it fell apart about 1 o'clock (Thursday) and then it was fairly quiet after that till the 3 o'clock deadline passed."

All-Star Chris Sale got the starting assignment for the Sox and battled through a sub-par performance. The Twins started left-hander Logan Darnell.

The Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI triple by Moises Sierra and a bunt single by Adam Eaton to tally Sierra.

But the Twins scored five runs in the third inning after collecting five straight hits, including two doubles.

Conor Gillaspie drove in a run with a double in the bottom of the third to make it 5-3.

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 games with an RBI single in the fourth inning to make it 5-4. Then Tyler Flowers hit his seventh homer of the season in the fifth to tie the game 5-5.

An RBI double by Alexei Ramirez gave the Sox a 6-5 lead in the sixth. But a two-out base hit by Kurt Suzuki tied the game at 6 in the seventh. Chris Parmelee homered in the eighth to give the Twins a 7-6 advantage.

Longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper returned Friday night after a bout with vertigo.

"I'm feeling better than I did, that's for sure," Cooper said. "I'm not right but I feel up to being here. I never had this before, vertigo, it's no fun. Given the choice, I think I might go for the diverticulitis over the vertigo: especially with the first three days of the symptoms. You feel sea-sick, car-sick, and you are not moving anywhere. I'm just sitting.

"I talk about it because maybe somebody else might learn something from it. They might be able to avoid it or help them. But against it's manageable now. I'm glad to be back, happy to be back, thankful."

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