Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Twins 2

September, 5, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.

How it happened: Alex Rios put the White Sox ahead big early with a grand slam in the first inning. He later added a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He finished with a career-high six RBIs. He now has 22 home runs and 82 RBIs on the season. Rios' run support was more than enough for starting pitcher Jake Peavy, who held the Twins to five hits and one run over six innings for his first win since Aug. 1. Peavy improved to 10-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.22.

What it means: The White Sox took two out of three games against the Twins and extended their lead to 1 games over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tigers will face the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. The Indians have defeated the Tigers the last two days.

Outside the box: Prior to Rios' two home runs on Wednesday, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Rios, the team's 3-4-5 hitters, hadn't homered since Aug. 24. The trio now has combined for 81 home runs this season.

Up next: The White Sox have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
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
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.316 33 97 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 97
RJ. Abreu 70
OPSJ. Abreu .979
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOC. Sale 165