Dunn breaks out with big night

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn's best game of the season propelled the Chicago White Sox offense on Monday night.

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Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/Getty ImagesAdam Dunn hits his first home run of the game in the third inning Monday.
Dunn tied his career high with a four-hit performance in the Sox’s 10-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, including two long home runs and five RBIs.

Dunn had been in an early-season slump that was reminiscent of his awful 2011 campaign when he set a record for the lowest batting average in baseball history.

The even-keeled slugger takes full responsibility for carrying the offense.

“I feel like that and I always have felt like that,” Dunn said. “I put that much pressure on myself. That is why when things aren’t going good I really take it personally.”

Dunn and teammate Paul Konerko's slow starts to the season have contributed to the White Sox having the lowest batting average and fewest runs scored in the American League entering play on Monday night.

Manager Robin Ventura is happy to see his three- and four-hole hitters pick up their offensive pace.

“Results-wise, they have been hitting the ball and doing a good job with their at-bats,” Ventura said. “Paulie had a couple of lineouts today. They look better. They seem to have a great approach at the plate. It is nice to see. It is good for them and good for us.”

Dunn has 10 home runs in his last 26 games and a pair of two-homer games in the last three weeks.

“It has been tough every day to sit here and tell you guys how good I am feeling and you look up and it’s 0-for-4,” Dunn said. “Tonight was good, and especially when it comes in a win.”

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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