White Sox pound out 21 hits in 12-5 victory over Twins
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Twitter: @soxvan_cst June 27, 2012 3:14PM
Chicago White Sox' Alex Rios (51) welcomes Adam Dunn after Dunn's three-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Minneapolis. Rios, the on-deck batter, followed with a solo home run. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Updated: June 27, 2012 4:22PM
MINNEAPOLIS - It was more of the same from Chris Sale and Alex Rios, and — welcome back — more of the Adam Dunn the White Sox have missed for a week or so.
Breaking an 0-for-24 slump and stopping a big run on strikeouts, Dunn launched a 410-foot opposite field homer to left against Nick Blackburn (4-5) and Rios followed with a homer in the Sox’ four-run fifth inning that broke open their 12-5 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
After scoring 13 runs in the last five games, the Sox got a dozen on 21 hits to take the rubber game of a series with a team that has troubled them for years.
By winning their second straight series, the Sox (40-35) reversed a troubling trend of five straight series losses. They leave the bright sun of Minnesota for the bright lights of New York, where they open a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday night. It will match the first-place teams from the AL Central and AL East.
Kevin Youkilis had three hits including a double high off the right-center field wall and two RBI. Youkilis, batting third and playing first base to give Paul Konerko a day off, is 5-for-12 since general manager Ken Williams pulled off what - base on three games in Minnesota - could be one of the most significant trades in baseball this season.
Every Sox who batted got in the hit column. Dunn also hit two singles, including an infield nubber down the third-base line. All five balls he put in play were to the left of second base, a sure sign that he’s trying to steer clear of pulling everything, a habit that coincided with his slump.
Alejandro De Aza had three singles after going hitless in the first two games of the series, and off-the-bench starters third baseman Eduardo Escobar, left fielder Jordan Danks and second baseman Orlando Hudson each had two singles. A.J. Pierzynski tripled off the top of the center field wall and had a sacrifice fly.
Rios had three hits -- his 10th homer, a double and a single. He drove in two runs.
The Sox hadn’t had this much offense in Minneapolis since they had 17 runs on 23 hits at the Metrodome on May 23, 2004.
Sale (9-2, 2.27) was All-Star caliber yet again, leaving after 93 pitches over seven innings with two runs allowed on six hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Will Ohman gave up three runs in the last two innings.