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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher A.J. Achter, left, hugs catcher Josmil Pinto after defeating the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis. USA Today Sports

Twins' 19 hits power win over White Sox

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Twins' 19 hits power win over White Sox
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MINNEAPOLIS – Stung by extra-base hits Tuesday in the opening game of a brief set with the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins returned the favor one night later.

Minnesota pounded out seven extra-base hits and 19 hits overall, snapping a 3-3 tie in the fifth and cruising to an 11-4 win over Chicago on Wednesday at Target Field.

The run support was most appreciated by Twins right-hander Trevor May, who earned his first major league win. May (1-4) allowed six hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Chicago lefty John Danks (9-10) went 4X\c innings, allowing 11 hits and seven runs.

Twins rookie slugger Kennys Vargas struck the game’s most emphatic blow in the sixth inning, ripping his sixth career home run into the second deck in left field. The two-run shot put Minnesota ahead 10-3.

Minnesota went right to work in its half of the first, taking a 3-0 lead via five hits, including a triple by third baseman Eduardo Nunez that scored shortstop Danny Santana and back-to-back doubles from catcher Josmil Pinto and right fielder Oswaldo Arcia.

Not content to chip away at the deficit, the White Sox decided to blast away, in the form of left fielder Dayan Viciedo’s 19th homer of the season that made the score 3-2.

Right fielder Avisail Garcia walked in the fourth inning to give the Sox their first baserunner since the top of the first, and with two outs, Viciedo ripped a 0-1 pitch 417 feet into the home run porch in left field. It was the second homer in as many games for Viciedo, after his winning hit Tuesday in the 10th inning of Chicago’s 6-3 victory.

With a light rain falling in the fifth inning, White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien singled and then advanced to second on a May wild pitch before Adam Eaton’s line drive single to right tied the score at 3.

In the bottom of the fifth, Nunez led off with a double and Mauer walked before a hard rain hit, delaying game was delayed for 16 minutes.

When play resumed, Vargas hit Danks’ first pitch for a bloop single. Nunez, who was running on the pitch, scored from second as Minnesota reclaimed the lead.

Mauer later came in on a Arcia fielder’s choice for a 5-3 Twins lead.

After Danks was lifted in favor of Matt Lindstrom, White Sox second baseman Eduardo Escobar ripped the right-hander’s first pitch into the right field corner for a triple, scoring two runs. Escobar later came home on a fielding error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez at short as Minnesota led 8-3 after five innings.

After the teams traded runs in the eighth inning, and Minnesota rookie right-hander A.J. Achter pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his major league debut.

CHW ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Eaton cf 3 0 1 1 Santana ss 4 1 2 0

Sierra ph 2 0 0 0 Bernier ph 1 0 0 0

Ramirez ss 3 0 0 0 Nunez 3b 6 2 4 2

Sanchez ph 1 0 0 0 Mauer 1b 2 2 1 1

Abreu dh 3 0 2 0 Parml ph 2 0 1 0

Taylor ph 1 1 1 0 Vargas dh 5 1 2 3

Garcia rf 3 1 2 0 Pinto c 5 1 2 0

Danks cf 0 0 0 0 Arcia rf 3 1 1 2

Gillspi 3b 3 0 0 0 Hrrmann ph 1 1 1 0

Garcia 3b 1 0 0 0 Hicks cf 5 1 1 0

Viciedo lf 4 1 2 3 Escobar 2b 4 1 3 2

Wilkins 1b 4 0 0 0 Schafer lf 5 0 1 0

Phegley c 4 0 0 0

Semien 2b 4 1 1 0

Totals 36 4 9 4 Totals 43 11 19 10

Chi. White Sox 000 210 010 — 4

Minnesota 300 052 010 — 11

E—Nunez 1, Al.Ramirez 1. LOB—Minnesota 0, Chicago 0. 2B—Arcia (15), A.Garcia (7), Nunez (6), Pinto (6). 3B—E.Escobar (2), Nunez (3). HR—K.Vargas (6), Viciedo (19).

IP H R ER BB SO

Chi. White Sox

Jh.Danks L, 9-9 4 X\c 11 7 7 1 3

Lindstrom Z\c 2 1 0 0 0

Snodgress X\c 2 2 2 2 0

Belisario 1 Z\c 2 0 0 0 1

Bassitt 1 2 1 1 1 2

Minnesota

May W, 0-4 5 6 3 3 1 6

Duensing 1 0 0 0 0 0

Pressly 1 0 0 0 0 3

Tonkin 1 3 1 1 0 0

Achter 1 0 0 0 0 0

Inherited runners-scored—Belisario 2-0, Lindstrom 2-2. HBP—Bernier (by Bassitt). WP—May (2).

Umpires—Home, Phil Cuzzi; First, Will Little; Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Greg Gibson.

T—3:12. A—21,778 (42,035)

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