White Sox push Twins even closer to third straight 90-loss season
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CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo had three hits and drove in two runs, Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night.
Quintana (8-6) won for the first time since he last faced the Twins, on Aug. 16. He allowed one run while scattering eight hits, striking out five and walking two. During his winless drought, Quintana was 0-2 in five starts. He had a 3.03 ERA over that stretch, while being backed by five total runs -- two in the past four games.
After a 2-15 stretch, the White Sox won the first two games of the series against the Twins for their first series victory since Aug. 27-29 against the Astros. They have won five straight against the Twins.
White Sox closer Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 38th save in 44 opportunities, benefiting from Alejandro De Aza's leaping catch of Trevor Plouffe's flyball against the center-field wall for the second out.
Brian Dozier had three hits and scored two runs for the Twins, who have lost six of seven.
Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (5-13) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He has lost three straight starts for the first time since July 5-19, 2010, with the New York Mets. It was the second straight start he got an early hook. In his last start, he was pulled in the fourth inning, after allowing seven earned runs in an 18-3 loss to Oakland.
Marcus Semien put the White Sox ahead in the second inning with an RBI single.
After White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was unable to turn a double play, Dozier stole second and scored on Plouffe's double in the third inning.
The White Sox got the lead back in the fifth. De Aza led off with a single and scored from first on Alexei Ramirez's double. Viciedo followed with an RBI single to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.
Viciedo added another run with an RBI single in the sixth to extend the lead to 4-1.
In the seventh inning with runners on first and third and no outs, Plouffe hit a ball off White Sox reliever Jacob Petricka's left wrist to score a run. Oswaldo Arcia followed with a grounder to shortstop Ramirez, who flipped for the force out, but Beckham tried to turn a double play and made a wild throw to first allowing a run to score to cut the White Sox lead to 4-3.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that LHP Hector Santiago would be skipped in the rotation. RHP Andre Rienzo will go on normal rest on Friday after Thursday's off day. . Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't commit to giving RHP Liam Hendricks his next start after he gave up seven runs in 2/3 of an inning on Monday night. RHP Cole DeVries, who gave up four runs in five innings of relief on Monday, is an option to take Hendricks' spot in the rotation. . Twins GM Terry Ryan gave an update on Joe Mauer (concussion), who didn't travel with the team on their road trip. Ryan said Mauer is symptom free and may rejoin the team in the next couple days. ... The White Sox committed three errors.© The Associated Press