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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Twins 2

By Doug Padilla


The Chicago White Sox on Tuesday picked up their first victory of the season over the Minnesota Twins by earning a 4-2 decision.

How it happened: Back-to-back home runs in the second inning from Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo got the offense started on a night when the struggling Paul Konerko was rested for the second consecutive game. Starter Jake Peavy gave up single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but the White Sox went up for good in the bottom of the seventh on RBI hits from Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez. Addison Reed closed out the ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 chances.

What it means: It was the White Sox's first victory over the Twins in four tries this season, but their recent history in the matchup has been much better. Despite losing two to their division foe at home in April, as well as the opener in the current series, the White Sox have still won 13 of the last 18 games between the teams and 23 of the last 32. The White Sox only have to go back a few seasons to remember when things didn't go so well against the Twins. Before winning 23 of the last 32, the White Sox had lost 31 of 39 to the Twins.

Outside the box: The White Sox managed to win the game even though they still aren't catching too many breaks. Two umpire calls went against them Tuesday, one at the plate and the other at first base. In the fifth inning, Flowers appeared to tag out Justin Morneau as he scrambled to the plate, but plate umpire Jordan Baker called him safe. In the seventh inning, Dunn appeared to easily beat out a throw at first base, but umpire Dan Bellino called him safe.

Off beat: Dunn picked up an error at first base the hard way in the sixth inning. Ramirez fired a throw across the diamond from shortstop and right into the webbing of Dunn's glove at first base. The webbing broke, however, with the ball hitting Dunn in the side and arm before falling to the ground, allowing Brian Dozier to reach base safely. It was the American League-leading 30th error for the White Sox. They also have an error in each of the last six games.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-3, 4.17 ERA) to the mound at Minnesota in the series finale. The Twins will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 6.03) in the 12:05 p.m. CT start from Target Field.