While abbreviated, a return home appears to have done the White Sox offense some good.
During the team's 10-game road trip that concluded Sunday, the White Sox offense plated 31 runs and went 3-7, scoring only nine runs in the final five games of the trip, all losses. The White Sox beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep of the Twins in which the offense scored 26 runs.
The Sox plated a pair of runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, with Dayan Viciedo's two-run single in the second kicking off the scoring barrage. Kevin Youkilis -- who left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning with a sprained ankle -- had an RBI single and Paul Konerko hit a sacrifice fly in the third. The fourth and fifth innings saw Viciedo and Alex Rios each crank their 16th home runs of the season, both two-run shots.
Jake Peavy battled through six innings, throwing 121 pitches but only allowing two runs to score on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Only one of the runs Peavy gave up was earned.
Twins starter Nick Blackburn, who entered the day with a 4.18 ERA in 112 innings against the White Sox, gave up all eight runs as his 2012 ERA ballooned to 7.99. Every player in the Sox starting lineup had a hit, and seven of the Sox 12 hits went for extra bases.
The Sox drew 32,261 to the game and totaled 104,764 fans in the series, their highest three-game series attendance since June 20-22, 2011 against the Cubs.