Dormant for the previous week, the White Sox offense has resurfaced the last two nights.
Tuesdays appearance couldnt have been timed any better as the White Sox rallied late for an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in front of 34,715 at U.S. Cellular Field. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn both homered and Dayan Viciedo had a clutch two-run single as the White Sox scored nine runs in their final two innings at-bat to move back into a tie with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central. Nate Jones (4-0) earned the victory for the White Sox, who have scored 18 runs the last two days, with a scoreless inning pitched.
Dunns homer was his 30th of the season.
He couldnt have picked a better spot.
Down two in the seventh, Dunn followed a walk to Kevin Youkilis with a 417-foot homer to right-center off Twins left-hander Tyler Robertson to tie the game. Dunn has now hit at least 30 homers eight times in his career.
But the White Sox -- who scored 22 runs in the last nine games of their 10-game road trip -- werent done yet.
Konerko, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to give the White Sox a lead, stayed hot with a single to center. Konerko finished 4-for-4 and has 15 hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Alex Rios then doubled off the wall in left and the Twins elected to intentionally walk Alexei Ramirez.
Viciedo then provided the White Sox with their first hit with a runner in scoring position -- a two-run single to left -- to give his team a 6-4 lead. The White Sox were 0-for-6 before Viciedo and stranded seven base runners.
An inning later, Alejandro De Aza and Youkilis walked and Dunn doubled to the corner in left to score two more. Rios continued the offensive explosion with an RBI single and Ramirez hit a two-run homer to make it 11-4.
Jose Quintana looked strong early, but paid for a pair of mistakes to Josh Willingham.
Willingham tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Two innings later, Willingham he a three-run shot -- his 25th -- to give Minnesota a 4-2 lead.
Quintana allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 6 13 innings.
Jones, Matt Thornto and Brett Myers combined for 2 23 scoreless innings in relief.