MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With rookie slugger Jose Abreu and his 33 home runs getting the night off, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo picked up the power slack for the Chicago White Sox.
Flowers’ first career multi-homer game lifted Chicago to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
Viciedo broke a 3-all tie in the 10th with a solo homer off reliever Lester Oliveros (0-1). Flowers followed with his second two-run shot of the night later in the inning as the White Sox won for just the fourth time in their last 14 games.
“It’s just nice to see, especially with Jose being out tonight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You get some guys to pick him up and score some runs with some homers.”
After rookie slugger Kennys Vargas gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the first with a 423-foot homer, Flowers tied it in the second with his first longball of the night.
About a year removed from major shoulder surgery, Flowers has 12 home runs and is setting the tone for a slew of new arrivals as the White Sox battle the Twins to stay out of last place in the AL Central.