Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a home run
and three RBI to carry the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins, 5-2, in
the finale of a four-game series at Target Field.
Avisail Garcia doubled twice, scored a run and knocked in another, and Hector
Santiago (4-7) earned his first win in nearly two months by limiting the Twins
to two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over six quality innings.
"He used all his pitches today," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of
Santiago. "Getting him up there in the high pitch count, he was able to get
through it with that."
Chicago won the final three games in the set, in part because Minnesota went
2-for-18 with runners in scoring position while squandering 12 baserunners on
"Offensively again, I don't even know what we were with runners in scoring
position. I know it wasn't good at all," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"For the most part we left a lot of people out on the bases again."
Samuel Deduno (7-7) was charged with all five runs on eight hits over five
innings for the Twins, who have dropped five of their last six games.
Deduno plunked three hitters in the first three innings, and the first two
wound up scoring. Gordon Beckham was hit in the first frame, took second on a
balk and scored on Ramirez's single through the middle.
Two innings later, Alejandro De Aza was hit in the foot and later scored on a
double from Ramirez, who raced around for a 3-1 White Sox lead on Garcia's
Minnesota got its first run in the second inning when Trevor Plouffe doubled,
advanced to third on an error and was pushed across on an Oswaldo Arcia
groundout. The Twins added another in the third on Josh Willingham's RBI
double, but Willingham was tagged out at home when he tried scoring on a wild
Ramirez continued his big day with a leadoff blast to left field in the fifth,
and Jeff Keppinger made it a 5-2 game with a two-out, run-scoring single later
in the inning.
Matt Lindstrom threw two innings of relief behind Santiago, and Addison Reed
closed it out in the ninth for his 31st save.
The White Sox won three straight games on the road for the first time since
taking four in a row from May 14-17 ... Santiago was 0-2 over his previous
eight starts despite a minuscule 3.06 ERA. His previous win came against the
Indians on June 21 ... The Twins had a streak of 10 straight games with a home
run come to an end ... Minnesota still leads the season series, 10-6.
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