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Alex Rios celebrates his three-run homer eighth inning. It was his 19th season. | AarVincent Elkaim~AP

Alex Rios celebrates his three-run homer in the eighth inning. It was his 19th of the season. | Aaron Vincent Elkaim~AP

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TONIGHT

WHITE SOX
AT ROYALS

The facts: 7:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The pitchers: Chris Sale (14-3, 2.60 ERA) vs. Luis Mendoza (6-8, 4.37).

The rest of the series

Saturday: 6:10 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Jake Peavy (9-8, 3.04) vs. Bruce Chen (8-10, 5.56).

Sunday: 1:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.77) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 4.02).

Updated: September 18, 2012 6:28AM



TORONTO — As Day 1 of the Adam Dunn 400th-homer watch came and went without incident, five other White Sox players showed Dunn how it’s done.

Dewayne Wise, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez homered Thursday to produce the Sox’ runs in a 7-2 victory.

Wise hit his second in as many nights in the third inning, Viciedo lined a tracer that got over the left-field fence in the blink of an eye and Flowers blasted his an
estimated 462 feet in the fifth and Rios smacked a three-run shot that broke the game open in the eighth. Ramirez also homered in the eighth.

The Sox (65-52) won three of four from the injury-plagued Jays in Toronto, where they hadn’t won a series since the 2005 World
Series-championship season. They left Toronto a season-high 13 games over .500 and leading the second-place Detroit Tigers by 2½ games in the American League Central.

‘‘Apparently, it’s very meaningful because there are a lot of guys who are giddy,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘It’s a tough place to play.

‘‘I don’t know whether they’re shocked, but they’re overly happy. A.J. [Pierzynski] was bouncing around, scratching his head. This has been a house of horrors for him.’’

For Rios, it’s a place where he has grown accustomed to boos since the Sox claimed him on waivers from the Blue Jays in 2009. Be assured there was a high level of satisfaction in his 19th homer, even though he downplayed it.

‘‘It’s no different than any other homer,’’ Rios said. ‘‘It’s just another game, just another team we have to play, and that’s the way I see it.

‘‘This is professional sports. You’ve got to get used to it. If you don’t get used to that, you’re not
going to survive.’’

After three no-decisions since
being acquired from the Minnesota Twins, Francisco Liriano bounced back from a rough start against the Oakland Athletics to get the victory. His only mistake was Moises Sierra’s two-run homer in the second.

Liriano was lifted after 86 pitches, a night after Gavin Floyd threw 92 as the starters’ pitch counts are watched on four days of rest. Jesse Crain, Brett Myers and Philip Humber pitched scoreless relief.

While protecting a 3-2 lead, Crain pitched through an unnerving four-minute delay in the seventh inning while a male fan sitting near the third-base dugout was receiving CPR. After the game, Toronto
Police Services said the man died in a hospital.

Dunn, who homered three times in the series to bring his season total to 34 and his career total to 399, was asked about 400 before the game. And 500, too. Even 600 came up.

‘‘Let me get to 400 first,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘That’s a lot [500].

‘I’m 32; I’m not 38. I can’t predict what’s going to happen. I can’t predict last year. I can’t predict just kind of a normal year. If I stay healthy, I’m going to play as long as I can and as long as I’m having fun.

‘‘Hopefully, [No. 400] happens in a big situation.’’

Dunn has had more than his share of those, hitting 12 that gave the Sox the lead. He has hit a
career-high 10 in the first inning.

The Sox, who have 28 homers in their last 13 games, left for Kansas City in good spirits, having Chris Sale ready to start Friday and
expecting Paul Konerko to return.

A roster move will be made to make room for Konerko. One possibility is Orlando Hudson (bruised toe) going on the disabled list.



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