Dozier homers twice, Twins beat White Sox 6-4

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MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier homered twice and Ervin Santana posted another strong start one day before the trade deadline as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Sunday.

Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for Minnesota, which has won three of four games.

Vargas’ towering blast in the first was hit an estimated 428 feet to straightaway center field and highlighted the quick start against Chicago’s Carlos Rodon (2-8), who made his first start since July 5 after recovering from a sprained left wrist.

Santana (4-9) allowed three runs — one earned — in six innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Pressly gave up a double to Melky Cabrera but recorded his first save in three chances.