MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox won their third straight game by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-2 at Target Field on Sunday.
The Sox employed decent pitching and timely hitting to finish off the four-game series with a victory.
White Sox starter Hector Santiago scattered nine hits across six innings of work, giving up two runs (one earned). He walked two and struck out one batter. It could have been better, as his defense made three errors in the game.
The Twins had 10 hits in the game, but they had trouble getting the clutch hit. They were only 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position in the game.
Twins starter Sam Deduno had a spotty outing, with three hit batters, a balk while throwing 56 balls (yet no walks) in his 95-pitch outing. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, striking out three.
The game went back and forth in the early going, with the Sox building a 3-2 lead. Deduno lived on the edge most of the game, throwing plenty of pitches, until a two-run fifth knocked him from the game.
Two first-inning mistakes by Deduno cost him an early run. Deduno hit second batter Gordon Beckman, who then took second base on a balk. He scored on an Alexei Ramirez single.
Trevor Plouffe hit a double to lead off the Twins second and took third when Dayan Viciedo's throw from left skidded past second. Plouffe scored on Oswaldo Arcia's ground out to second to tie the game.
Deduno hit Alejandro De Aza in the third, and that pitch also came back to haunt him. De Aza advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a Ramirez double.
Deduno hit Paul Konerko (his third hit batsman of the game and second of the inning), and Avisail Garcia doubled to score Ramirez.
Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham both doubled in the third and Dozier scored to make it 3-2 White Sox.
In the fifth, Ramirez got his third hit of the game, a homer into the left field seats. It was his fourth home run of the season and left him a triple short of a cycle.
Garcia then doubled and scored on a Jeff Keppinger single to left to extend the lead to 5-2.
The White Sox bullpen shut down the Twins for four innings and Addison Reed picked up his 31st save.
NOTES: Joe Mauer collected his 34th double of the season Aug. 17, which ties him for the third most in baseball. ... Of the White Sox' current 25-man roster, eight of them did not make the team on opening day. ... Chicago has lost 15 of its last 21 games, but won its last three. ... The Twins have scored 28 of their last 43 runs off home runs (since August 9).