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Chicago at Minnesota

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Chi. White Sox (49-74) «102020000583
Minnesota (54-68)0110000002100

White Sox 5, Twins 2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hector Santiago overcame a root canal to make his start on Tuesday against Detroit -- getting a no-decision for his effort.

Despite ending up in a few jams Sunday against the Twins, Santiago escaped mostly pain-free and finally picked up a win.

Alexei Ramirez homered and had three RBI, Santiago won for the first time since June 21 and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 5-2.

"I felt like I was having a root canal through most of it," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "That's just kind of the way he pitches. Over the course of the season, he finds a way to get into a little bit of trouble and then get out."

Santiago (4-7) wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, retiring Trevor Plouffe and Oswaldo Arcia on popups.

Brian Dozier had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota, which went 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position and lost for the fifth time in six games.

"I'm back to 100 percent," said Santiago, who had thrown 96 pitches when he loaded the bases in the fifth. "I reared back a little bit and had some pitches that had some movement. They ran in a little bit on guys and I got two soft fly balls to get out of it."

Ramirez finished a triple shy of the cycle. He homered to lead off the fifth inning, giving Chicago a 4-2 lead and helping his team win its first road series in more than a month.

Jeff Keppinger's single scored Avisail Garcia to make it 5-2 later in the fifth.

The Twins have 29 homers in their last 29 games, but are struggling to hit with runners in scoring position. Through seven games on the current homestand, they're 15 for 71 (.211) in RBI situations.

"It's not a different mentality with that or anything," Dozier said. "You just have to bear down more and hopefully pitchers make mistakes in certain situations. It's something we've definitely got to get better at."

Santiago, who received only 11 runs of support in his previous eight starts, threw 117 pitches and held the Twins to one earned run over six innings.

Chicago has struggled to score all season, but has come on of late. Ramirez has three home runs and 11 RBI since moving into the No. 3 slot in the batting order eight games ago.

"I still basically do the same thing," Ramirez said. "If I have a runner in scoring position, I'm doing whatever I can to bring him home. For me, it's a special place to hit."

As a team, the White Sox have scored 35 runs in their last seven games and are hitting .307 during that span.

Addison Reed worked around a leadoff walk to Joe Mauer in the ninth to earn his 31st save in 36 chances.

Joining teammates Justin Morneau and Wilkin Ramirez in wearing his socks high, Twins starter Samuel Deduno (7-7) didn't walk a batter for only the second time this season. But he hit three batters with pitches and balked once on his way to another rough outing.

The right-hander from the Dominican Republic allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings and has lost his last three starts since winning three of four.

"I didn't go aggressive with my fastball and gave up a couple hits," Deduno said. "I'm feeling fine, just not locating the fastball."

Santiago and the White Sox benefited from a little good fortune on Sunday, too.

After Dozier and Mauer singled to start the Minnesota first, Josh Willingham hit a shot that landed in the second tier of the roof deck -- just a few feet on the foul side of the pole in left field.

Willingham eventually struck out.

With the Twins down 3-2 in the third, Willingham tried to score on a wild pitch, but the ball ricocheted off the limestone wall behind home plate right back to catcher Josh Phegley, who flipped it to Santiago in time to tag out a sliding Willingham at the plate.

That's how things have been going for the new-look White Sox lately. Eight of the 25 players on the roster were not on the opening-day squad.

"It does feel different. They're kind of running with it," Ventura said.

Notes

Chicago plays 23 of its next 26 games against teams above .500, including series against each of the current first-place teams in the American League. ... Twins 2013 first-round pick Kohl Stewart was promoted to the Elizabethton Twins after posting a 1.69 ERA with 16 strikeouts in three starts with Minnesota's rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate. ... The Twins will send rookie Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27 ERA) to the mound for his 10th career start Monday afternoon in a makeup game against the Mets. New York will counter with Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79). ... Chicago starts a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday, opening with John Danks (2-10, 4.54), who is 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA in his last eight starts.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

H. Santiago
IP 6.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 2
K 1
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF4100011 .273
Gordon Beckham, 2B4100021 .301
Alexei Ramirez, SS4233000 .289
Adam Dunn, DH4000032 .239
Paul Konerko, 1B2000101 .240
Avisail Garcia, RF3121100 .258
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4021003 .247
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000001 .245
Josh Phegley, C4010001 .219
Totals3358526  
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (32, Deduno), Avisail Garcia 2 (6, Deduno), Josh Phegley (4, Deduno)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (4, Deduno)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez 3 (40), Avisail Garcia (15), Jeff Keppinger (34)
2-OUT RBI - Avisail Garcia (11), Jeff Keppinger (18)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jeff Keppinger 2 (4, Throwing), Dayan Viciedo (3, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Santiago (W,4-7) 6921210 3.27
Matt Lindstrom (H,15) 2100040 3.26
Addison Reed (S,31) 1000110 3.30
WP - Matt Lindstrom (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 117-74, Matt Lindstrom 29-21, Addison Reed 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 8-9, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Addison Reed 1-1
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 29, Matt Lindstrom 8, Addison Reed 4
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B5120003 .243
Joe Mauer, DH4010102 .322
Josh Willingham, LF4011113 .222
Justin Morneau, 1B5010023 .261
Ryan Doumit, C5010014 .247
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3110106 .231
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4011003 .261
Wilkin Ramirez, CF4020011 .268
Pedro Florimon, SS3000001 .219
   a-Chris Herrmann, PH1000011 .218
Totals38210236  
a-struck out for Florimon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier (27, Santiago), Josh Willingham (17, Santiago), Trevor Plouffe (13, Santiago), Wilkin Ramirez (4, Santiago)
RBI - Josh Willingham (43), Oswaldo Arcia (32)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1
DP - Dozier-Florimon-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Samuel Deduno (L,7-7) 5855031 3.82
Ryan Pressly 3000220 3.86
Glen Perkins 1000010 2.40
HBP - Beckham (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Samuel Deduno 95-56, Ryan Pressly 39-21, Glen Perkins 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Samuel Deduno 9-2, Ryan Pressly 4-2, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Samuel Deduno 25, Ryan Pressly 10, Glen Perkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32905
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Todd Tichenor