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Alex Rios’ grand slam powers White Sox past Twins

Sox outfielder Alex Rios hits his second home run against MinnesotTwins during sixth inning Wednesday.  |  John Smierciak~AP

Sox outfielder Alex Rios hits his second home run against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning Wednesday. | John Smierciak~AP

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Updated: September 5, 2012 4:04PM

Alex Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run homer in the sixth, and Jake Peavy pitched six strong innings to lead the White Sox to a 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 17,336 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rios, who has 22 homers, expanded his RBI total to a career-high 82 RBI. He is six RBI shy of team leader Adam Dunn. Rios has three multi-homer games this season.

The Sox, who won two of three games from the Twins, went into the game leading the Detroit Tigers by one game in the American League Central. The Tigers host the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. The Sox are off Thursday before hosting the Kansas City Royals for three games this weekend.

Peavy (10-9) allowed one run on five hits to win for the first time since he beat the Twins in Minneapolis on Aug. 1. Despite having a 3.42 ERA over his previous 16 starts, Peavy had a 3-9 record during that stretch with an average of 3.74 runs of support per nine innings.

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