White Sox Fall to Twins

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By Colleen Kane Tribune reporter10:02 p.m. CDT, August 15, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox lost their 10th straight road game Thursday when the Twins posted a 4-3 victory at Target Field.

Twins pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann’s RBI single in the ninth off reliever Ramon Troncoso won it.

Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham started with singles. Adam Dunn hit an RBI single to send De Aza home, and Paul Konerko followed with a sacrifice fly to allow Beckham to score.

De Aza made it 3-0 in the third when he walked, stole second, advanced on a groundout and scored on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to cut the Sox’s lead to 3-1. After Brian Dozier reached on Alexei Ramirez’s throwing error in the sixth, Josh Willingham hit an RBI single to cut the Sox’s lead to 3-2.

The Twins’ Joe Mauer had a double and Justin Morneau added an RBI single in the eighth off Sox reliever Nate Jones to eliminate the early Sox lead.

Jeff Keppinger replaced Beckham at second base in the fourth inning after Beckham suffered a right quad strain. He was taken out for precautionary measures.

Sox manager Robin Ventura preferred not to focus on the recent winless streak away from home, pointing instead to an altered lineup that went 6-4 in its last homestand.

“We’re a different team right now, different guys on the roster,” Ventura said of a group that lost right fielder Alex Rios but gained outfielder Avisail Garcia to trades. “That changes. It naturally evolves into something else, so I don’t think the last road trip has any real effect on what’s going on right now because we’re different.”

Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo will try for his first win after no decisions in his first three major league games. He enters with 4.42 ERA since making his major league debut on July 3.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey takes the mound for the Twins with a 4-10 record and 5.32 ERA.

Left fielder Dayan Viciedo was slated to miss his sixth straight start due to a sore left thumb. He entered Wednesday to pinch hit and went 0-for-1.

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