MINNEAPOLIS — Paul Konerko was given a scheduled break as the Chicago White Sox open a three-game series Monday night at Minnesota.
Konerko is in the midst of an 11-for-64 slump (.172) in his past 16 games, including a 1-for-10 rut during the Sox’s brief homestand.
“It’s a bit of everything,” Konerko said. “I really can’t complain with the at-bats I’ve had lately. I’ve done what I wanted to do. It’s just finishing it off. There are some times when we were in Kansas City, I had a couple hits but I had a lot of at-bats were just throwaways. I wasn’t in the fight.”
Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko is frustrated by his lack of results but that Monday was a scheduled day off.
Without Konerko, the Sox blew a 2-0 lead as Minnesota scored four times in the third inning and added four more in the eighth to roll to a 10-3 win.
Struggling rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and robbed Adam Dunn of a two-run, game-tying home run in the sixth by leaping over the center field fence to make the catch.
In the third, a fielding error charged to shortstop Alexei Ramirez on a potential inning-ending double play grounder scored the Twins’ first run. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Doumit tied the game, and the throw from center fielder Alejandro De Aza went toward third base and allowed Justin Morneau to move to second.
Trevor Plouffe capped the rally with a two-run double off Hector Santiago.
The Twins’ four-run eighth started when a shallow pop by rookie Oswaldo Arcia fell untouched between Ramirez and De Aza for a double.
In the top of the first, the Sox’s first three batters collected hits off left-hander Pedro Hernandez, capped by an RBI double by Alex Rios. Dayan Viciedo capped the rally with a sacrifice fly in front of the bullpen in left center.
Hicks, who entered Monday night’s game batting .137, hit solo home runs in the fourth and sixth. He was the Twins’ first pick in the 2008 draft.