Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Twins 2

June, 26, 2012
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Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd broke a streak of eight consecutive losses to the Twins with Tuesday’s victory. Floyd (6-7, 4.80) allowed five hits, no runs and no walks and struck out nine in seven innings. Alex Rios provided the game’s big hit with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Alexei Ramirez also had an RBI single, driving in Rios in the seventh inning. Rios was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ramirez also had two hits. It was his ninth multi-hit game in June. The White Sox had five hits in the win. Sox closer Addison Reed gave up two runs in the ninth on a single to Jamey Carroll.

What it means: Floyd may have turned the corner after struggling from mid-May to mid-June. He’s allowed no runs in his last two starts. For the White Sox, they extended their lead over the Cleveland Indians to 1 games in the American League Central. The White Sox could win their second consecutive series if they defeat the Twins on Wednesday.

Outside the box: Paul Konerko was overtaken Tuesday for the American League lead in batting average by the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, who is hitting .335. Konerko went 0-for-3 Tuesday, and his average fell to .333. Konerko was batting .399 on May 27.

Up next: Chris Sale (8-2, 2.24) will start for the White Sox in the series finale on Wednesday. The Twins will counter with Nick Blackburn (4-4, 7.45).
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208