Power surge by Twins fuels 8-4 win over White Sox

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MINNEAPOLIS - Brian Dozier's two-run homer for Minnesota was one of a career-high four long balls hit off Chicago starter John Danks, and the Twins finished their first three-game sweep of the season and their first over White Sox in three years with an 8-4 victory on Thursday.

Oswaldo Arcia went deep in the second inning ahead of Dozier. Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back shots in the fourth, sending the White Sox to their seventh defeat in the last eight games.

"As long as their ours being hit into the seats, that's OK," said Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When the other team does it, it's not much fun. But, yeah, our guys are starting to put some good swings on the ball."

The White Sox fell to a league-worst 13-27 on the road and 5-13 in June.

Danks (1-4) lasted only five innings, giving up 12 hits and six runs. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs against Scott Diamond (5-6) in the sixth inning, but that wasn't nearly enough.

"It was a good win, a good series win, a sweep and actually a good homestand," Gardenhire said. "Now, we gotta go play on the road at Cleveland, another very good team."

The Twins finished with a 6-3 record in their 9-game homestand.

They play in Cleveland for three games starting on Friday and then on to Miami for a quick 2-game series before returning home to end the month of June.

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