Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios each hit two-run homers against Twins starter Nick Blackburn, and Viciedo added a two-run single and a double as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota with a 8-2 victory on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jake Peavy, who had received 11 runs of support over his last seven starts, received eight in the first five innings. Peavy escaped a bases-loaded jam with one run scored in the first and struck out three in a row in the fourth after the Twins put runners on second and third.
Peavy (8-7) threw 121 pitches on a sweltering afternoon before 32,261 fans, allowing one earned run over six innings. He struck out six, walked two and gave up six hits. Rookie left-hander Leyson Septimo pitched two perfect innings in relief.
Rebounding from a 3-7 road trip that concluded with a three-game sweep by the charging Detroit Tigers which knocked them out of first place, the Sox (53-45) put themselves in position to regain the top spot by themselves in the AL Central with Wednesday's victory. The Tigers, who began the day tied with the Sox for first place, play the Indians in Cleveland Wednesday night.
The victory completed the Sox' seventh sweep of the season, their sixth of three games or more.
White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle. Youkilis appeared to turn the ankle while rounding first base on an RBI single in the third inning. Youkilis stayed in the game and played a half inning in the field before being pinch-hit for by Eduardo Escobar.
The Sox had 12 hits, including a double and single by Alexei Ramirez. Paul Konerko singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Sox swept the Twins (40-58) at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since June, 2008.