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The Associated Press

If the Chicago White Sox are to move out of last place in the AL Central, they'll need to string together some victories.

The visiting White Sox can start by winning two straight for the first time in almost two weeks Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Tyler Flowers delivered a tiebreaking double in the eighth to help back a strong outing from Jake Peavy in Chicago's 4-2 win over Minnesota (18-18) on Tuesday.

The White Sox (16-21), who are 4-6 since last winning two in row at Texas to open May, hope to get hot after Peavy and two relievers held the Twins to six hits one night after a 10-3 series-opening defeat.

Despite spending 45 minutes working on defense prior to the game, the White Sox committed an error in a sixth straight contest. However, their AL-worst 30th of the season did not prove costly in the end.

"It's a focal point," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's important and it's going to stay important. I don't know if we're going to come out here at 8:30 (am Wednesday), but I was thinking about it."

Dunn's homer was his fourth hit in 36 at-bats this month. He also struck out twice to raise his total to 18 in his last 11 contests.

Viciedo is batting .429 (6 for 14) with four RBIs in five games since missing three weeks with a strained left oblique.

Chicago hopes scheduled starter Dylan Axelrod (0-3, 4.17 ERA) can rebound after he allowed six runs in six innings of a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The right-hander yielded eight runs in his previous four starts.

"The whole game, I felt really good," Axelrod said. "It's just an unfortunate thing that they got (four) runs in the third. That's the frustrating part, where you feel great out there and still give up some runs.

"I can't be that disappointed in my effort because I felt I executed pretty well and they just happened to score."

Axelrod will be making his first start against Minnesota after posting a 3.86 ERA without a decision in two appearances. He will try to cool off Minnesota stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

Mauer is batting .431 (22 for 51) during a 13-game hitting streak, and Morneau is batting .425 (17 for 40) while hitting safely in 10 straight.

Scheduled Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 6.03) has completed six innings in each of his last two outings after failing to do so in any of the previous five. He's allowed four runs while going 1-0 in those two starts, giving up three runs in Friday's 9-6, 10-inning loss to Baltimore in which he took a 6-0 lead into the sixth.

"Maybe after my last start, I kind of got spoiled," said Pelfrey, who gave up season lows of one run and four hits while striking out a season-best seven in a 4-2 win at Cleveland on May 5. "Maybe I kind of expected to have that kind of stuff every time out. But it was far from it."

The right-hander has never faced the White Sox.

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