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Jung Ho-Kang's solo homer in the ninth sends Pirates to an 8-7 win against the Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jung Ho-Kang hit a tiebreaking home run off the facing off the second deck in left center-field in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 8-7 Tuesday night.

Kang's sixth home run of the season, a drive off All-Star closer Glen Perkins (0-3), sent Pittsburgh to its fourth win five games.

PHOTO: Pittsburgh Pirates'  Travis Ishikawa warms up in the on-deck circle during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Ishikawa warms up in the on-deck circle during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Perkins has allowed runs in three of four post-All-Star break appearances, blowing a pair of saves.

Pittsburgh All-Star closer Mark Melancon (2-1) retired five batters after the Twins tied the game with a four-run rally in the eighth.

Gregory Polanco hit a three-run double in the eighth and scored on Neil Walker's single for a 7-3 lead, but Minnesota tied the score in the bottom half.

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