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Dunn hits 28th homer to lead White Sox over Twins
CHI WHITE SOX 5, MINNESOTA 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After 10 straight fastballs with the home
crowd cheering and the bases loaded behind him, Jose Quintana
threw an 80-mph curveball to freeze Ryan Doumit.
Home plate umpire Bill Miller called strike three, the crowd
groaned loudly and Quintana calmly went back to the Chicago
White Sox dugout.
After that, Quintana made it look easy the rest of the way, Adam
Dunn and Jeff Keppinger both homered and Chicago beat the
Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Friday night to snap its 10-game road
It was a far cry from Quintana's last start - a five-run,
five-inning outing Sunday against the Twins in Chicago.
"The only thing (I) did was try to attack early," Quintana said
through a translator. "(I) tried to come in and attack earlier,
throw strikes to every single one of the batters, and thankfully
everything worked out. (I) was able to get them back."
Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 6 2-3 innings, giving up
two runs and striking out seven.
Joe Mauer homered in the first for Minnesota, but Keppinger and
Dunn both hit solo shots off Twins starter Kevin Correia (8-9)
in the third to make it 4-1.
"They got us pretty good at home," White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said. "We haven't had too many of those where we've hit
them like that. It was nice."
A night after watching the Twins win by a run in walk-off
fashion, the White Sox and Quintana looked to be in for yet
another rough outing when Mauer lined a 3-2 offering into the
right-field seats to put Minnesota up 1-0. Mauer also had
homered off Quintana on Sunday. And considering Quintana's 4.21
run support average coming in, the 15th-lowest in the AL this
season, things didn't look very promising.
But Dayan Viciedo put Chicago up with a two-RBI single in the
second before Keppinger and Dunn added all the insurance runs
"Their guy threw the ball really well," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "It was coming out of his hand really nice. He
mixes pitches well. The guys were saying he's very deceptive and
has a little jump on his fastball."
Quintana set the Twins down in order three times. But his
biggest test came in the third when the Twins loaded the bases
with two outs in the third and Doumit came to the plate.
"Seems like it lasted what a normal inning would last," Ventura
said. "He just kind of gutted it out and went extra-long for us
Quintana is 3-0 on the road this season.
Correia pitched well aside from the third inning, retiring 12 of
the 14 batters he faced after Dunn's homer.
"I felt like my stuff was good," Correia said. "I think that's
just how baseball is sometimes. Sometimes they hit it to people,
sometimes they miss a mistake. The second time around, they're
usually not going to miss any many mistakes."
Minnesota added a run in the seventh when Brian Dozier drove in
Wilkin Ramirez on a two-out single to chase Quintana. Reliever
Donnie Veal walked Mauer but struck out Justin Morneau to end
the inning. Chicago made it 5-2 in the eighth when Trevor
Plouffe's bad throw from third hit Paul Konerko, allowing
Keppinger to score.
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed worked
the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.
Notes: Chicago INF Gordon Beckham was held out of the starting
lineup after leaving Thursday night's game with a strained right
quadriceps. But he entered the game at second in the eighth. ...
White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie left with a bruised left hand and
is day to day. ... The Twins activated Doumit from the DL before
the game. Doumit missed eight games after leaving Minnesota's
game Aug. 7 at Kansas City with concussion-like symptoms. The
Twins optioned IF Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester to make
room for Doumit on the roster. ... Viciedo returned to the
lineup after missing six straight games with a sore left thumb.
... The teams will play the third of their four-game series
Saturday when Chicago's Chris Sale (8-11) takes the mound
opposite Minnesota's Andrew Albers (2-0).
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