Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Twins 4
July, 23, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
How it happened: The White Sox’s power outage came to an end on Monday. They went off for seven runs and three home runs after scoring a total of nine runs over their last five games. Paul Konerko hit his first home run since June 29. Adam Dunn hit his first home run in eight games and now leads the majors with 29 homers. Alex Rios also homered for the 15th time this season. Gavin Floyd returned to the mound for the first time since July 7 and was shaky, but he was able to get out of a handful of jams by getting the Twins to hit into four double plays. The Twins hit into a total of five double plays on the night. Floyd allowed six hits, two earned runs, six walks and struck out one in six innings.
What it means: The White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. They haven’t lost more than five consecutive games this season. They also moved within one game of the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central lead. The Tigers had Monday off.
Outside the box: Rios ranks fourth in the American League with 112 hits this season. He’s just 10 hits short of matching his total of last year despite playing in 52 fewer games at this point.
Play of the game: Twins shortstop Brian Dozier made a couple of highlight-worthy plays on Monday. His best one came when he charged a grounder, barehanded it and threw out Alexei Ramirez in the second inning.
Up next: Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.30) will start for the White Sox on Tuesday, and Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.95) will start for the Twins in the 7:10 p.m. game.