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Dunn hits 30th HR, ChiSox rout Twins

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn's major league-best 30th homer sailed into the night, sent the Chicago White Sox on their way to a comeback victory and earned them a share of the AL Central lead.

Dunn tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, Dayan Viciedo had a two-run single later in the inning and Chicago rallied Tuesday night for an 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.

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"He's a monster right now," teammate Paul Konerko said of Dunn, who has put a miserable first season in Chicago last year behind him.

"I think he's an ever better hitter and better everything than he was even when he was having those great years before," Konerko said. "I think his best is ahead of him."

Dunn became the fourth fastest White Sox player to reach 30 homers -- based on games (96) -- and how has more long balls this season than he does singles (29).

"I care about hitting the ball as hard as I can. If I do that and get a single, sometimes that's OK. I'm not here to hit singles," Dunn said.

"When you get a homer, you don't really swing too hard. It just kind of shows up."

The victory allowed the White Sox to move into a tie for the division lead with Detroit, which lost at Cleveland.

Josh Willingham homered twice for the Twins, his 24th and 25th of the season.

Konerko was 4 for 4 for the White Sox with his 16th homer of the season.

"My job is to try to be as tough as I can so they don't walk him [Dunn]," Konerko said.

Dunn hit a two-run homer off lefty reliever Tyler Robertson to make it 4-all. Casey Fien (1-1) relieved and gave up a single to Konerko, a double to Alex Rios and an intentional walk to Alexei Ramirez before Viciedo followed with his go-ahead two-run single.

Dunn added a two-run double and Ramirez had a two-run homer in a five-run eighth to put the victory away.

"A really good game until about the seventh inning, and they kind of ambushed us. We didn't make any pitches. They put some in the seats," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"We didn't throw it over. We get ahead in the count and couldn't put a hitter away. .... They were swinging away, just absolutely killed us for two big innings."

Nate Jones (4-0), who relieved Chicago starter Jose Quintana in the seventh, got the win.

Willingham's three-run homer following singles by Denard Span and Joe Mauer put the Twins ahead 4-2 in the sixth against Quintana. Willingham also had a solo shot in the fourth.

Cole De Vries made his major league debut against the White Sox on May 24 when he gave up six hits and six runs -- three earned -- in five innings. He was much more effective this time, giving up an unearned run in the first and yielding a solo homer to Konerko in the fifth during his six-inning stint.

"That Konerko one was real frustrating because when I was out there I felt like I made a pitch I wanted to," De Vries said. "But he was sitting inside on that. He's a good enough hitter where if he gets a pitch he's looking for he's probably going to do something like that."

Konerko's two-out high fly just cleared the wall in left field and put Chicago ahead 2-1. Chicago got an unearned run in the first on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Brian Dozier that followed a single by Dunn and double by Konerko.

Willingham's line drive homer to center in the fourth tied the game. Quintana allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • Umpires conferred and reversed a call in the seventh just before Dunn's homer. Chicago's Alejandro De Aza hit a sinking liner to right fielder Darin Mastroianni that was initially ruled a hit. But after an umps' conference it was changed to a catch, even though a replay appeared to show the ball hitting the ground right before Mastroianni got his glove under it.
  • Willingham now has 12 career multihomer games, including two this month.
  • Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski sat out the game with a mild strain of his right oblique, an injury he got swinging the bat Monday night. He'll also sit out Wednesday afternoon's finale.
  • Justin Morneau was back in the Minnesota lineup after a paternity leave and was the DH because of a stiff neck.
 
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Adam Dunn connects for his 30th home run of the season, the ninth time he has achieved that mark in his career. (AP)
Adam Dunn connects for his 30th home run of the season, the ninth time he has achieved that mark in his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

J. Willingham
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4120001 .282
Darin Mastroianni, RF4000014 .263
Joe Mauer, 1B4110002 .331
Josh Willingham, LF4224010 .274
Justin Morneau, DH4020000 .253
Ryan Doumit, C3000001 .287
Brian Dozier, SS4000012 .235
Alexi Casilla, 2B4010000 .225
Jamey Carroll, 3B3000111 .239
Totals3448414  
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (18, Quintana)
HR - Josh Willingham 2 (25, Quintana, Quintana)
RBI - Josh Willingham 4 (72)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Dozier-Casilla-Mauer
E - Ryan Doumit (2, Throwing), Brian Dozier (14, Throwing), Josh Willingham (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole De Vries 6721041 3.64
Tyler Robertson (BS,1) 0.1122101 6.75
Casey Fien (L,1-1)0322200 2.16
Jeff Gray 0.2133200 5.31
Anthony Swarzak 1222001 4.43
IBB - A. Ramirez by Casey Fien
HBP - De Aza (by Cole De Vries)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole De Vries 95-58, Tyler Robertson 13-6, Casey Fien 16-7, Jeff Gray 17-5, Anthony Swarzak 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole De Vries 4-11, Jeff Gray 1-0, Anthony Swarzak 3-0
Batters Faced - Cole De Vries 27, Tyler Robertson 3, Casey Fien 5, Jeff Gray 4, Anthony Swarzak 5
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF3100100 .279
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B3200212 .248
Adam Dunn, DH5334020 .210
Paul Konerko, 1B4141000 .336
    Eduardo Escobar, PR-3B1100001 .200
Alex Rios, RF5221011 .314
Alexei Ramirez, SS4122102 .265
Dayan Viciedo, LF5022002 .256
Tyler Flowers, C4010101 .178
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000003 .229
Totals3811141054  
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (12, Gray), Paul Konerko (17, De Vries), Alex Rios (23, Fien), Tyler Flowers (3, De Vries)
HR - Adam Dunn (30, Robertson), Paul Konerko (16, De Vries), Alexei Ramirez (3, Swarzak)
RBI - Adam Dunn 4 (71), Paul Konerko (48), Alex Rios (58), Alexei Ramirez 2 (46), Dayan Viciedo 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (21)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (17, 3rd base off Gray/Doumit)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dayan Viciedo 1
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 6.1844112 2.58
Nate Jones (W,4-0) 1000020 3.43
Matt Thornton (H,16) 0.2000000 3.70
Brett Myers 1000010 3.38
HBP - Doumit (by Jose Quintana)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 108-69, Nate Jones 11-8, Matt Thornton 7-5, Brett Myers 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 9-8, Nate Jones 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-0, Brett Myers 1-1
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 28, Nate Jones 3, Matt Thornton 2, Brett Myers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34715
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Chris Conroy