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White Sox suffer fourth straight loss

CHICAGO (AP) -- More than five hours after he stepped in to lead
off the game, Shannon Stewart delivered the key hit to finally put
it to bed Tuesday night.

Stewart's RBI single in the 16th inning got the Minnesota Twins'
offense rolling and they added four more runs to beat the Chicago
White Sox 9-4 and send them to their first four-game losing streak
of the season.

"It's very tough to keep your concentration as the game keeps
going on. I think the advantage is to the pitcher," Stewart said.

"I was just able to get it by [Joe Crede] right over the bag."

The Twins tied the game at 4 in the top of the ninth when
Michael Cuddyer homered off Chicago closer Dustin Hermanson, ending
his streak of 15 straight saves and saddling him with just his
second blown save in 32 chances.

"I was able to sit back on it, had a good swing and drove it
over the fence," Cuddyer said.

"One bad pitch," Hermanson said. "It's discouraging. I guess
sometimes it's going to happen. But unfortunately it was a big game
for us."

The Twins' bullpen allowed five hits in 9 1/3 scoreless innings
and their offense finally broke through to end the 5-hour, 9-minute
game.

Minnesota finished with 20 hits in the second-longest game in
the majors this season. Toronto beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 in
18 innings on July 28 in the longest game of the year.

Michael Ryan singled to start the 16th and was forced at second
on Cuddyer's bunt back to Jon Adkins, with the White Sox arguing
that they turned a double play on the relay to first.

"I thought I made a good play and I thought [Juan] Uribe made a
good turn," Adkins said. "I just didn't get the job done."

Adkins (0-1) then walked Brent Abernathy before Stewart, who
entered the game in an 0-for-16 slump, singled past third baseman
Crede for his third hit of the game. Joe Mauer's RBI double gave
the Twins a two-run cushion, Terry Tiffee added a two-run single
and Lew Ford another RBI single.

"I don't know to describe this game," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said.

"It became a game of perseverance. Both bullpens were matching
each other inning for inning. We finally got some big hits."

J.C. Romero (3-3) pitched two innings for the win. Joe Nathan,
the fifth Twins reliever, pitched the bottom of the 16th, striking
out the side.

After his game-tying homer, Cuddyer later made a great stop at
third in the bottom of the 11th to rob Crede of a hit with the
game-winning run at second.

"He hit a bullet and I was able to make the play on a short
hop. A few inches over and it would have been past me," Cuddyer
said.

The White Sox threatened in the 13th after A.J. Pierzynski
doubled with one out, but after an intentional walk, Jesse Crain
retired Uribe and Crede.

Chicago took 4-3 lead in the seventh on Timo Perez's two-out,
two-run double off Brad Radke.

Radke took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, thanks to
Justin Morneau's two-run homer off Chicago starter Freddy Garcia in
the top of the inning.

But Carl Everett homered in the bottom half to make it a one-run
game, and the White Sox started their seventh inning rally with a
rarity -- a walk by Juan Uribe off Radke, who'd allowed just 16 free
passes all season.

After Crede flied out for the second out of the inning, Brian
Anderson -- in his major-league debut -- fought his way out of an 0-2
hole and reached out and poked a single to left for his big league
hit, setting the stage for Perez.

Perez, in a 5-for-37 slump entering the game and hitting leadoff
with Scott Podsednik on the disabled list, also doubled and scored
in the fourth on a single by Tadahito Iguchi.

Morneau, in a 7-for-40 skid before singling in the fourth, hit
his 17th homer to deep right after Joe Mauer led off the sixth with
a walk, but Radke couldn't hold the two-run cushion.

Garcia allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings,
improving to 3-4 at home.

Radke retired the first nine batters before Perez's double in
the fourth.

Radke gave up seven hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He was
allowing an average of less than one walk per game this season and
hadn't walked a White Sox batter since 2002 in a span of 12 starts
against Chicago.

Stewart doubled leading off the game and scored on Mauer's RBI
double.

Game notes
It was the longest game in the history of U.S. Cellular
Field which opened in 1991. ... Stewart left the game after his
16th inning hit after straining his groin. ... Anderson started in
right field in place of Jermaine Dye, who entered the game in the
ninth. ... Minnesota's Matt Guerrier allowed just two hits in four
innings of relief and extended his scoreless streak to 18 1/3
innings.