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Viciedo homered and drove in four runs to make up for some defensive miscues, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep of the last-place Twins.
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 last 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) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Chicago went into Wednesday night atop the AL Central with a half-game lead Detroit, which swept the White Sox over the weekend.
"These three games we just played good team baseball," Peavy said. "It's nice to come back after the road trip we had. We had a short homestand, but we played well, got back on track."
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Kevin Youkilis left the game in the fourth inning due to a sprained left ankle. He rolled it rounding first on an RBI single in the third and was lifted for a pinch hitter.
Youkilis called the move "precautionary" and said he will be ready to play Friday at Texas.
Nick Blackburn (4-6) gave up a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Twins fell a season-worst 18 games below .500. Minnesota went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, stranded nine runners and lost to the White Sox for the 15th time in their last 19 meetings.
"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 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's miscue snapped a 109-game errorless streak. It was his first error since moving to the outfield from third base in 2011.
"You work hard at [defense] and you figure at some point [an error] might happen," Viciedo said through a translator. "Unfortunately for me, today was that day. Just go out there and keep practicing so it doesn't happen again."
The 23-year-old Cuban responded with 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.
"What he's doing offensively as far as his approach, you can tell by the way he's hitting the ball, just the velocity coming off the bat that he feels pretty good at the plate," Ventura said.
Viciedo got 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.
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 and strand Span at second.
Rios' two-run homer in the fifth chased Blackburn, who allowed eight earned runs for the first time since Sept. 28, 2010, at Kansas City.
Span had two doubles for Minnesota. Morneau's double in the fourth was the 250th of his career.
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.285|
|Ben Revere, RF||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.309|
|Joe Mauer, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.328|
|Josh Willingham, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.253|
|Ryan Doumit, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.287|
|Brian Dozier, SS||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.236|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||3||4||.222|
|Darin Mastroianni, 2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.236|
|2B - Denard Span 2 (26, Peavy, Peavy), Justin Morneau (19, Peavy)|
|RBI - Justin Morneau (41)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Casilla-Dozier|
|E - Denard Span (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Nick Blackburn (L,4-6)||4.1||10||8||8||1||1||2||7.99|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 84-55, Casey Fien 26-19, Jared Burton 17-12, Glen Perkins 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 3-8, Casey Fien 1-2, Jared Burton 1-1, Glen Perkins 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 23, Casey Fien 6, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Eduardo Escobar, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.195|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.211|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.336|
|Alex Rios, RF||3||2||1||2||1||0||2||.314|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||1||3||4||0||0||0||.262|
|Jordan Danks, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.182|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.230|
|a-grounded out for Youkilis in the 4th|
|2B - Adam Dunn (13, Blackburn), Alexei Ramirez (15, Blackburn), Dayan Viciedo (10, Fien), Tyler Flowers (4, Blackburn)|
|HR - Alex Rios (16, Blackburn), Dayan Viciedo (16, Blackburn)|
|SF - Paul Konerko (1)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis (34), Paul Konerko (49), Alex Rios 2 (60), Dayan Viciedo 4 (50)|
|SB - Alejandro De Aza (18, 2nd base off Blackburn/Mauer)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Youkilis-Beckham-Dunn|
|E - Dayan Viciedo (1, Dropped line drive)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jake Peavy (W,8-7)||6||6||2||1||2||6||0||3.15|
|WP - Jesse Crain (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 121-79, Leyson Septimo 25-18, Jesse Crain 31-16, Hector Santiago 4-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-6, Leyson Septimo 3-2, Hector Santiago 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Leyson Septimo 6, Jesse Crain 5, Hector Santiago 1|
|Attendance - 32261|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Tim Timmons|