MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo homered to back another strong start from Jake Peavy and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Peavy (5-1) gave up two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings and Tyler Flowers’ single in the eighth scored the go-ahead run for the White Sox. Addison Reed picked up his 12th save.
Kevin Correia (4-3) gave up four runs and nine hits with two strikeouts in seven innings and Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to 13 games for the Twins. Justin Morneau added a single and a double to increase his hitting streak to 10 games.
Dunn, who entered the game hitting a league-worst .133, and Viciedo got the Sox off to a roaring start with nearly 1,000 feet of home runs in the second inning.
One night after watching Aaron Hicks rob a home run in center field, Dunn put a little extra on a pitch that soared an estimated 413 feet into the bullpen. Viciedo followed three pitches later with a blast that landed in the first row of the third deck in left field, some 424 feet from home plate for a 2-0 lead, but the fun was just beginning.
Proponents of expanded replay picked up some more fodder in this game and White Sox manager Robin Ventura may be at the front of the line now.
The Twins caught their first break in the fifth when home plate umpire Jordan Baker missed Flowers’ initial tag of Morneau at home plate. When Morneau saw that no call was made initially, he sneaked his arm into home plate and was ruled safe. Peavy and Ventura argued vehemently to no avail, and the Twins were on the board.
First base umpire Dan Bellino missed another call in the seventh when Dunn beat Brian Dozier’s throw to first by a full step but was ruled out anyway. Ventura again came out to argue briefly before heading back to the dugout.
Trevor Plouffe’s single in the seventh scored Josh Willingham to tie the game 2-2, and suddenly Baker’s call at home loomed very large.
But Peavy posted his fifth straight quality start — he is 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA during the streak — and Flowers and Alexei Ramirez delivered RBI singles in the eighth inning to put Chicago back on top.
Flowers went 2 for 4 with a double.
NOTES: The White Sox rested struggling slugger Paul Konerko for a second consecutive day. … Dunn and Viciedo gave the Sox their first back-to-back homers of the season. … Twins GM Terry Ryan said RHP Cole De Vries, who has been on the disabled list all season, was scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesday and would be evaluated after that. … In the “Great Timing” department: After a month and a half of frigid temps, the Twins gave out a fleece blanket on Tuesday night. The temperature at first pitch was 92 degrees.
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