Twins homer twice to beat Quintana, White Sox

Twins homer twice to beat Quintana, White Sox

August 11, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Jose Quintana yielded a pair of home runs as part of a five-run rally, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox, 5-2, on Sunday.

Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer both homered to break up Quintana’s shutout, and the Twins closed out a series win behind Kevin Correia. Minnesota won three of four games at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend, including sweeping a doubleheader on Friday, and has a 9-3 record against the White Sox this season.

“It happened quick,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He pitched good except for that one inning. ... It just happened.”

Quintana looked effortless through four innings as he limited the Twins to three base runners and struck out five batters.

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But he ran into trouble in the fifth, when he let two bottom-of-the-order hitters reach ahead of Dozier. Dozier blasted a 1-0 pitch from Quintana for a three-run homer. Jamey Carroll followed with a single, and Mauer homered to center to put Minnesota ahead, 5-0.

Quintana allowed five earned runs and six hits with two walks and six strikeouts over five innings.

“It’s kind of the same old story with (Quintana),” said Adam Dunn, who homered in the ninth inning, his 27th. “He keeps us in every single ballgame, and one inning got him. ... Nobody comes here every day and expects to lose.”

Correia pitched around out of three early jams and cruised from there.

The White Sox had a man reach scoring position in each inning, but none scored.

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Alejandro De Aza led off the third inning with a double but was thrown out advancing to third base on a grounder to shortstop. Including caught stealings and pickoffs, it’s the 21st time De Aza has been thrown out on the bases.

Correia then settled in and allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings.

Dunn homered in the ninth off reliever Casey Fien to cut the deficit to 5-1. Conor Gillaspie then hit his 10th homer to make it 5-2.

“We didn’t swing it at all,” Ventura said. “It really started on Friday of not being able to get it done, and it carries over into today.”