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

BA LEADER
Conor Gillaspie
BA HR RBI R
.305 5 46 46
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 93
RJ. Abreu 67
OPSJ. Abreu .962
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 2.12
SOC. Sale 158