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MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Dunn said he feels fine and Jake Peavy was in good spirits after notching another win. The Chicago White Sox look ready for the stretch run, with a big test coming in less than 24 hours.
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Chicago scored six runs in the sixth inning to support Peavy (11-11) and stay ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.
The Tigers were playing Cleveland on Sunday and travel to Chicago for a makeup game on Monday. It will be the final time the two teams meet this season.
"It's going to be a game with a lot of emotion," Peavy said. "We got our hands full, but at the same time we think we can get it done."
Joe Mauer homered in his return after missing five games with back spasms, but the Twins weren't able to avoid the sweep and lost to Chicago for the 13th time in 16 games.
Dunn opened the inning with a towering solo shot that traveled 415 feet before finally falling into the first row of the upper deck in right field and bouncing back on the field.
Viciedo drove his 21st home run -- and Chicago's 192nd as a team -- into the upper deck in left after Alex Rios tripled.
Chicago batted around and added three more unearned runs in the sixth, capped by Dunn's RBI single.
The slugger returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing seven games with a strained muscle on his right side. He said he feels fine and is ready to contribute down the stretch.
"Seemed to work out perfect," Dunn said. "I'm going to be in there tomorrow. That's what I wanted. I wanted to be able to play against those guys and the rest of the season. It worked out."
Peavy allowed two runs and struck out six in six innings. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA against the Twins since the All-Star break and 0-6 in eight starts against everyone else over that time.
After Mauer homered in the first, Peavy retired the next eight Twins hitters before Mauer doubled in the fourth.
White Sox pitchers allowed just five runs on 12 hits in the three-game series.
"They're going to be right there, as they are right now," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said about the White Sox. "That's a very good baseball team built with a good pitching staff. There are a lot of arms that come out of that pen throwing really hard and they have some starters that have been there and done it."
Following Monday's makeup game, the White Sox travel to Kansas City for a three-game series with the Royals. Chicago has won just 10 of its last 22 games against Detroit and Kansas City.
"Detroit is a great team. They're going to take care of business," Peavy said. "We're trying to win this thing ourselves and not have anyone else have to win or have to lose for us. It sure is nice when that happens, but Detroit's a great them and they aren't going anywhere."
Diamond has just one win in his last seven starts after getting off to a hot start.
After allowing a career-worst 10 hits in his last outing, Diamond surrendered six runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings on Sunday.
Minnesota is done playing Chicago, but can still help its rival out down the stretch. Six of the Twins' final 15 games are against the Tigers.
"We're playing some playoff teams from here on out and we're going to give them everything we have," Gardenhire said.
"It was good all the way around," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "Home runs are good, but I like the ones where we just push a couple across there."
|Adam Dunn hits a double in the seventh inning against the Twins at Target Field. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dewayne Wise, CF-RF||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||.277|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.237|
|a- Jose Lopez, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.213|
|Ray Olmedo, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.307|
|b- Dan Johnson, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.455|
|Alex Rios, RF||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.295|
|Jordan Danks, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||1||2||3||0||1||0||.253|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Tyler Flowers, C||2||2||0||0||2||0||1||.230|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.240|
|a-struck out for Youkilis in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Konerko in the 9th|
|2B - Dewayne Wise (8, Burton), Kevin Youkilis (14, Diamond), Dayan Viciedo (16, Diamond)|
|3B - Alex Rios (8, Diamond)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (39, Diamond), Dayan Viciedo (21, Diamond)|
|SF - Dewayne Wise 2 (3)|
|RBI - Dewayne Wise 2 (26), Kevin Youkilis 2 (59), Adam Dunn 2 (90), Dayan Viciedo 3 (65)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (16), Adam Dunn (20)|
|SB - Alex Rios (22, 2nd base off Diamond/Doumit), Alexei Ramirez (17, 2nd base off Swarzak/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Dunn|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jake Peavy (W,11-11)||6||4||2||2||1||6||1||3.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 101-71, Brian Omogrosso 28-18, Donnie Veal 19-12, Philip Humber 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-6, Brian Omogrosso 1-0, Donnie Veal 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 23, Brian Omogrosso 5, Donnie Veal 4, Philip Humber 3|
|Denard Span, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.288|
|Ben Revere, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Joe Mauer, 1B||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||.321|
|Darin Mastroianni, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.248|
|Justin Morneau, DH||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.277|
|a- Matt Carson, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Ryan Doumit, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.281|
|Chris Herrmann, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Chris Parmelee, RF-1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.241|
|Trevor Plouffe, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.226|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.237|
|a-struck out for Morneau in the 8th|
|2B - Joe Mauer (30, Peavy), Trevor Plouffe (16, Peavy), Alexi Casilla (15, Peavy)|
|HR - Joe Mauer (10, Peavy)|
|RBI - Joe Mauer (77), Alexi Casilla (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (26)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Pedro Florimon (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Scott Diamond (L,11-8)||5.1||7||6||6||1||2||2||3.69|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 94-61, Anthony Swarzak 26-12, Kyle Waldrop 17-12, Jared Burton 16-14, Glen Perkins 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 3-11, Anthony Swarzak 1-1, Kyle Waldrop 3-1, Jared Burton 1-1, Glen Perkins 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 24, Anthony Swarzak 5, Kyle Waldrop 5, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 3|
|Attendance - 31722|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|