Flowers Slugs 2 Homers To Lift White Sox Over Twins In 10 Innings
MINNEAPOLIS -- With rookie slugger Jose Abreu and his 33 home runs getting the night off, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo picked up the power slack for the Chicago White Sox.
Flowers' first career multi-homer game lifted Chicago to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
Viciedo broke a 3-all tie in the 10th with a solo homer off reliever Lester Oliveros (0-1). Flowers followed with his second two-run shot of the night later in the inning as the White Sox won for just the fourth time in their last 14 games.
After rookie slugger Kennys Vargas gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the first with a 423-foot homer, Flowers tied it in the second with his first longball of the night.
About a year removed from major shoulder surgery, Flowers has 12 home runs and is setting the tone for a slew of new arrivals as the White Sox battle the Twins to stay out of last place in the AL Central.
Carlos Sanchez added three hits, including an RBI double that gave Chicago a 3-2 lead in the second.
An errant pickoff attempt allowed pinch-runner Aaron Hicks to advance to third base in the ninth, but Daniel Webb (6-4) recovered and got Kurt Suzuki to fly to right and end the inning.
Jake Petricka pitched the 10th for his 11th save in 14 chances.
Danny Santana lined a double just over the glove of left-fielder Michael Taylor in the second to score Eduardo Escobar and tie the game at 3.
Given a 2-0 lead in the first, Twins starter Tommy Milone couldn't hold it and was removed after walking four and allowing three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
"Just falling behind hitters. I need to get back to attacking, attacking the zone, staying low, just being aggressive," Milone said.
Since joining the Twins via trade in July, Milone has a 7.84 ERA in five starts.
After a rough first couple of innings, Chicago starter Hector Noesi settled in and allowed three runs over seven innings, buying the White Sox enough time to power their way back into it.
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