Viciedo’s 4 RBIs lead White Sox over Twins 8-2
Published 9:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2012
CHICAGO — Dayan Viciedo showed his resiliency, and so did the Chicago White Sox.
Viciedo homered and drove in four runs to make up for some defensive miscues, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep of the last-place Twins.
Viciedo hit a two-run single in the second inning and added a two-run homer in the fourth, finishing with three hits. Alex Rios also homered for the White Sox, who have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
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“You get that feeling back,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s one thing to go through a tough stretch and start winning games again, expecting that. Part of this three-game series, you get back, the guys swinging the bats pretty good and guys pitching fairly well.”
Jake Peavy (8-7) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Chicago and Detroit are tied for the AL Central lead. The Tigers swept the White Sox over the weekend.
“These three games we just played good team baseball,” Peavy said. “It’s nice to come back after the road trip we had. We had a short homestand, but we played well, got back on track.”
Kevin Youkilis left the game in the fourth inning due to a sprained left ankle. He rolled it rounding first on an RBI single in the third and was lifted for a pinch hitter.
Youkilis called the move “precautionary” and said he will be ready to play Friday at Texas.
Nick Blackburn (4-6) gave up a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings as the Twins fell a season-worst 18 games below .500. Minnesota went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, stranded nine runners and lost to the White Sox for the 15th time in their last 19 meetings.
“Just a terrible series by us,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But a very good series by the other team. They whacked it, and they pounded us — scored a lot of runs, and we got dominated here.”