Alexei Ramirez had a career day, being a triple shy of hitting a cycle, recording three hits and three RBIs including a double in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth to lift the Sox to victory.
Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch and advanced to second a balk by Twins starter Samuel Deduno in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez singled to center drove in Beckham for an early 1-0 Sox lead.
Trevor Plouffe doubled off Sox starter Hector Santiago and advanced to third on Dayan Viciedo’s throwing error to Beckham at second base. Oswaldo Arcia’s groundout to second scored Plouffe to tie the ballgame 1-1.
In the third inning, a pair of doubles gave the Sox a 3-1 lead. Ramirez hit a double off the right-center wall to score Alejandro De Aza, who reached base when he was hit by a Deduno pitch. Avisail Garcia double scored Ramirez.
The Twins responded in the third with two doubles of their own to cut the Sox lead to 3-2. Brian Dozier reached on a double and scored on Josh Willingham’s double. Ryan Doumit reached on Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger’s throwing error, and Willingham attempted to score on a wild pitch but Santiago made the tag at home to end the inning.
Ramirez and Keppinger added two runs in the fifth to extend the Sox lead to 5-2. Ramirez hit a 382 feet solo home run, his fourth of the season, to left. Garcia doubled and Keppinger hit an RBI single to score Garcia.
Santiago went six innings, allowing nine hits and one earned run, struck out one and walked two. Deduno gave up eight hits and five earned runs, struck out three and hit three batters.
Keppinger started at third base for Conor Gillaspie, who bruised his left hand on Friday.
Sox left-hander John Danks (2-10, 4.54 ERA) and Royals right-hander Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.19 ERA) are the projected starters for Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. CT (WCIU, WSCR 670).