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Updated: September 20, 2013 6:28AM

MINNEAPOLIS — While there’s much less at stake now when Addison Reed trots in to pitch the ninth inning, it still feels the same as last season for the second-year White Sox closer.

Reed, who quickly got his first taste of closing meaningful games as a rookie, now knows what it’s like to close for a last-place team.

‘‘Everything is the same,’’ said Reed, who bagged his 31st save and third of the series Sunday in the Sox’ 5-2 win against the Minnesota Twins. ‘‘Any time I go out there, I have tons of adrenaline flowing. If we’re up seven and I’m in the game, or if it’s a one-run game and we’re a game out of first place, everything is the same.’’

Reed had 29 saves as a rookie.

‘‘It was unbelievable getting the ball in the ninth inning during a playoff race,’’ he said. ‘‘It makes being on the mound that much easier for me this season.’’

Reed, 24, already ranks seventh on the Sox’ all-time saves list behind bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen (201), Bobby Jenks (173), Roberto Hernandez (161), Keith Foulke (100), Hoyt Wilhelm (98) and Terry Forster (75). He said he’ll reflect on his numbers later.

‘‘Right now my only concern is to not blow any and get our team out of here with a win,’’ he said.

Ramirez on a roll

Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-4 to raise his American League-leading hits total since June 10 to 84. The shortstop’s home run against Samuel Deduno was only his fourth this year but his third in 10 days, all against the Twins. His double was his 32nd, which set a career high and ranks fifth in the AL.

Ramirez has thrived in the No. 3 spot in the lineup since Alex Rios was traded.

‘‘I feel really good in there,’’ he said after the game. ‘‘For me, that’s a special place to hit. You have the opportunity to expand. You can hit far. You can move the runner. You can bring in runs. You can single. You can do a little bit of everything, which I like.’’

Finally, a win for Santiago

Hector Santiago, who battled the effects of a post-root canal infection in his last start, fought through nine hits and two walks to get his first win since June 21.

‘‘I felt like I had the root canal through most of it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.

Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA) pitched out of trouble and gave up one earned run.

‘‘I don’t think I was as happy as my teammates were for me,” said Santiago, who had received an average of 1.98 runs over his previous seven starts.

This and that

Avisail Garcia, who had two doubles, is 9-for-24 (.375) with four extra-base hits and five RBI over his last six games.

◆ Making his league-leading 60th appearance out of the bullpen, right-hander Matt Lindstrom pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

◆ Right-hander Ramon Troncoso was released from the hospital and went home for rest. He has pericarditis, a swelling of tissue around the heart’s outer wall.


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