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Rios slam leads ChiSox over Twins

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CHICAGO -- Staked to a four-run lead in the first inning, there was no way Jake Peavy was letting this one slip away.

Alex Rios homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

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Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to help extend Chicago's lead in the AL Central to 1 ½ games over Detroit, which plays Wednesday night.

"Every night you go out it's a huge challenge in front of you," Peavy said. "The bottom line is to grind and flat-out want it more."

The Twins erupted for 18 runs against Chicago pitching Tuesday, but Peavy (10-10) silenced Minnesota's bats a day later, allowing one run on six hits to win for the first time since Aug. 1.

"[Peavy is] the kind of guy you want after a game like that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He came out and battled, did great, and Rios hits a couple homers."

"Things look all right again."

Rios gave Peavy all the support he would need with his first-inning slam. Following Dewayne Wise's leadoff single and walks to Kevin Youkilis and Adam Dunn, Rios ripped a 1-1 pitch from P.J. Walters (2-3) over the left field bullpen for his second career grand slam.

Rios hit his first on Sept. 10, 2011 -- a game-winner against Cleveland.

"He's been consistent all year long," Ventura said of Rios. "It's a good day for him to come in here, especially after last night, you get waxed and come back and get something early."

The resurgent 31-year-old then hit a two-run homer in the sixth to chase Walters. It was Rios' third multihomer game this year and sixth of his career.

"I just got a few good pitches and I connected well so that's all you can hope," Rios said. "Hit the ball hard and see what happens."

The White Sox had won just one of their last 10 games against AL Central opponents.

Walters, who tossed his first career complete game at U.S. Cellular Field in May, was not as fortunate this time in his first start since June 13. He made two big mistakes to Rios, but Walters also issued three walks -- all of which came around to score.

"I wasn't missing by a whole lot, but enough to be balls," Walters said. "That's the big part of the game -- not so much the homers, but the three walks. I don't walk those three guys ... maybe it plays it out a little different."

Walters was charged with six runs over five-plus innings as the Twins lost for the 11th time in 15 games against Chicago this season.

"Take Rios out of the game and we're still playing, but you can't take him out because he took us out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire quipped.

Ryan Doumit and Chris Parmelee had two hits apiece for Minnesota, and Matt Carson drove in a run with a sac fly in the ninth.

An offense that tormented White Sox pitching a night earlier was virtually nonexistent Wednesday. The Twins had multiple runners on in three of the first six innings, but managed to scratch just one run off Peavy on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Escobar in the third.

Notes

  • Twins OF Josh Willingham (hamstring) did not start Wednesday for the second time in three games. He flew out as pinch-hitter in the ninth to end the game. Gardenhire said he hopes Willingham can play in the field Friday in the series opener against Cleveland.
  • RHP Liam Hendricks (0-7, 6.11 ERA) will take the hill to open Minnesota's homestand Friday.
  • After a day off Thursday, the White Sox continue their homestand against Kansas City with LHP Francisco Liriano (5-11, 5.11) on the mound.
 
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Alex Rios hits a grand slam and a two-run homer to drive in a career-high six runs in the White Sox's victory. (Getty Images)
Alex Rios hits a grand slam and a two-run homer to drive in a career-high six runs in the White Sox's victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rios
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
Chicago

J. Peavy
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3000000 .299
Eduardo Escobar, 2B3011000 .223
Joe Mauer, DH3000123 .315
Justin Morneau, 1B4000022 .275
Ryan Doumit, C4120001 .286
Chris Parmelee, RF4020001 .250
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4010004 .237
Matt Carson, LF3111012 .281
Pedro Florimon, SS3010000 .254
   a- Josh Willingham, PH1000001 .260
Totals3228215  
a-flied out for Florimon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Doumit 2 (29, Peavy, Reed)
SF - Eduardo Escobar (1), Matt Carson (1)
RBI - Eduardo Escobar (7), Matt Carson (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - P.J. Walters (1, Missed catch of throw)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
P.J. Walters (L,2-3) 5566342 6.05
Alex Burnett 0.2200000 2.93
Brian Duensing 1.1200110 5.15
Jared Burton 1000000 2.09
IBB - Rios by Brian Duensing
Pitches-Strikes - P.J. Walters 98-59, Alex Burnett 13-10, Brian Duensing 25-14, Jared Burton 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P.J. Walters 4-7, Alex Burnett 2-0, Brian Duensing 3-0, Jared Burton 2-1
Batters Faced - P.J. Walters 23, Alex Burnett 4, Brian Duensing 7, Jared Burton 3
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dewayne Wise, CF5120002 .284
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B3100100 .238
Adam Dunn, 1B3110122 .208
    Jose Lopez, PR-3B0000000 .251
Paul Konerko, DH3110103 .307
Alex Rios, RF3226100 .298
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000013 .281
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000010 .255
    Jordan Danks, LF1000013 .228
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010000 .270
Gordon Beckham, 2B4020000 .234
Totals3369645  
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (20, Duensing)
HR - Alex Rios 2 (22, Walters, Walters)
RBI - Alex Rios 6 (82)
SB - Dewayne Wise (15, 2nd base off Walters/Doumit)
CS - Gordon Beckham (4, 2nd base by Walters/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Youkilis
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy (W,10-10) 6511130 3.22
Brett Myers 1000010 3.31
Matt Thornton 1100010 3.56
Addison Reed 1211000 4.28
HBP - Revere (by Jake Peavy)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 107-75, Brett Myers 14-8, Matt Thornton 15-11, Addison Reed 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 9-6, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 25, Brett Myers 3, Matt Thornton 3, Addison Reed 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17336
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski