Rapid Reaction: White Sox 11, Twins 4
July, 24, 2012
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.
How it happened: The White Sox’s offense came through for the second consecutive night. Paul Konerko led the way again as he went 4-for-4 with a double and a home run. He’s gone 7-for-8 with two homers in the past two games. Adam Dunn wasn’t too far behind. Dunn had three hits, including a double and a home run, and four RBIs. He tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. It was his major league-leading 30th of the season. Dayan Viciedo put the White Sox ahead with a two-run single later in the inning. The White Sox added five runs in the eighth inning. Josh Willingham provided the Twins’ offense with two homers and four RBIs. White Sox starter Jose Quintana didn’t factor in the decision and allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings. The White Sox’s bullpen shut the Twins down from there.
What it means: The White Sox moved into a tie with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central. The Tigers lost 3-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
Outside the box: Dunn is the fourth fastest White Sox’s player to hit 30 home runs in a season. Tuesday was Dunn’s 96th game of the season. Frank Thomas is the fastest, reaching the mark in 81 games in 1994.
Play of the game: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was at it again on Tuesday. In the fourth inning, he ranged to his left, fielded a ground ball up the middle, spun and threw out Joe Mauer at first base.
Up next: The White Sox close out their three-game series with the Twins on Wednesday. Jake Peavy (7-7, 3.22) will start for the White Sox, and Nick Blackburn (4-5, 7.46) will start for the Twins.