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Twins 5, White Sox 2

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CHICAGO --- Joe Mauer homered for the first time since late June and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Sunday.

Mauer hit a two-run homer and Brian Dozier had a three-run home run in a five-run fifth for the Twins, who won three out of four in the series with Chicago and went deep 11 times over the weekend. Mauer's homer was his first since June 22.

Starter Kevin Correia (8-8) benefited from the Twins' continued power surge, winning for the first time since beating Cleveland on July 20. Correia, who failed to go more than two innings in two of his prior three starts, pitched seven shutout innings and gave up five hits while striking out seven for Minnesota, which has won seven of its last 10.

Jose Quintana's development has been one of Chicago's bright spots this season, but the young left-hander was undone in the fifth on Sunday. In five innings, Quintana (6-4) allowed five runs, all in the fifth, and six hits to lose his second decision since May 27.

Chicago was three outs from getting shut out for the 12th time, but Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer off Casey Fien to begin the ninth. Conor Gillaspie also homered with two outs in the inning.

The White Sox were trying to salvage a split of the series after losing Friday's doubleheader and winning Saturday, but they ended up losing three of four in the series following a sweep of the New York Yankees. Chicago also fell to a league-worst 13-34 against its division and has dropped 13 of 14 gmes against the American League Central.

Both Correia and Quintana worked four scoreless innings to begin the game, but only the Twins starter kept that going.

In the first, Correia got himself into a jam. With two outs, he dropped a soft Alexei Ramirez pop-up in foul territory between home and first. Ramirez eventually reached on an infield single and stole second, but Correia got out of the inning by striking out Dunn.

Correia allowed Alejandro De Aza to lead off the third with a double. But De Aza ran into an out at third when he tried to advance on a Gordon Beckham grounder to short.

Quintana, meanwhile, allowed the Twins to get runners to second twice, but escaped the second by striking out Clete Thomas and got out of the fourth by getting Oswaldo Arcia.

The Twins, who had homered nine times in the first three games of the series, broke through with in the fifth for two more homers and five runs.

Chris Colabello led off with a single and Doug Bernier walked before Dozier hit a 1-0 Quintana pitch into the White Sox bullpen for his 11th homer of the year. Jamey Carroll then singled before Mauer hit a 1-1 delivery just over the fence in right-center.

Before Dozier's blast, Quintana had allowed one homer in his previous 34 2/3 innings.

NOTES: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he and Paul Konerko have talked more about managing playing time, and not about whether Konerko would continue playing after this season. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if there would ever be another player-manager, and he said "there's so much asked of a manager media-wise and everything else, I don't know if you could ask somebody to do both parts of it." ... The White Sox announced they received INF Leury Garcia from the Texas Rangers as the player to be named later in the deal for OF Alex Rios. ... Gardenhire said Minnesota C Ryan Doumit, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday retroactive to Thursday, says he feels good. Gardenhire said, "We'll have to wait until the time's up" to see if he comes back when he's first eligible. ... On Monday, Cleveland's Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.29 ERA) will face Minnesota's Andrew Albers (1-0, 0.00 ERA) in Minneapolis. ... The White Sox's Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77 ERA) will oppose Detroit's Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50 ERA) on Monday in Chicago.
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