White Sox complete sweep as Twins fall to 18 games below .500
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CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo homered and drove in four runs, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-2 victory Wednesday for a three-game sweep of the last-place Minnesota Twins.
"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."
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 past 11 home games.
"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) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks, helping keep Chicago at least tied with Detroit atop the AL Central.
Kevin Youkilis left the game in the fourth inning because of a sprained left ankle. He had an RBI single in the third before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
Nick Blackburn (4-6) gave up a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Twins fell to a season-worst 18 games below .500. The Twins were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranded nine runners and lost to the White Sox for the 15th time in their past 19 meetings.
Viciedo misplayed Joe Mauer's fly ball to left leading off the fourth for an error, Willingham walked and Mauer scored on Morneau's double. But with runners on second and third, Peavy struck out Ryan Doumit, Brian Dozier and Alexi Casilla.
Viciedo hit his 16th homer of the season in the bottom half, a 409-foot, two-run drive over the center field wall for a 6-2 lead.
Viciedo ran into more trouble in the fifth when he failed to catch Denard Span's one-out line drive -- ruled a double. Viciedo tumbled forward, bending his left wrist as he fell to the ground. Manager Robin Ventura and a White Sox trainer came out to check on Viciedo, who recovered to make a nice retreating catch on Mauer's fly ball that stranded Span at second.
Rios' two-run homer in the fifth chased Blackburn, who gave up eight earned runs for the first time since Sept. 28, 2010, at Kansas City. Span had two doubles for the Twins.
250: Career doubles for Morneau after he hit one in the fourth inning.
109: Errorless stretch of games that came to an end for Viciedo when he misplayed Mauer's fly ball in the fourth. It was his first error since moving to the outfield from third base in 2011.
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe missed his fifth consecutive game because of a bruised right thumb and Gardenhire said a trip to the 15-day disabled list is possible if Plouffe doesn't improve by Friday's series opener against Cleveland at Target Field.
• Thursday: Off
• Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m. RHP Josh Tomlin (5-7, 5.34 ERA) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (8-4, 3.16) vs.
• Saturday: vs. Indians, 6:10 p.m. RHP Justin Masterson (7-8, 4.12) vs. RHP Sam Deduno (1-0, 3.94)
• Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:10 p.m. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 4.97) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.31)© The Associated Press