MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura isn't necessarily looking for a spectacular play like the one Twins rookie Aaron Hicks made on Monday night.
He's looking for his team to do a better job making the routine plays.
Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in center field to take a home run away from Adam Dunn in Minnesota's 10-3 win over the White Sox.
The Twins loaded the bases with nobody out and took advantage of Alexei Ramirez's error at shortstop to score four runs in the third. The inning was capped by Trevor Plouffe's two-run double.
``Yeah, it seems like every day we have one play that could change the game and it does wind up changing the game,' said Hector Santiago, who allowed six runs - three earned - in 5 2-3 innings. ``I mean that play there, if he makes that play we are out of it and we're up 2-0. You can keep the pitch count down. It was a big play in the game, and of late it's been something like that, just one play each and every game.'
Ramirez botched a ground ball off the bat of Justin Morneau that could have resulted in a double play.
``It's one of those plays where we have to be better. We've got to work at it,' Ventura said. ``Hector's grinding and he gets in a situation where you got to help him out. He gets the ball that he wants. There are lapses of knowing what's going on, and we'll work on it.'
Hicks, who missed the previous two games due to a sore right elbow, led off the fourth inning with a 416-foot solo homer that bounced in front of the black batter's eye in center field and gave the Twins a 5-2 lead.
With a runner on third and the Twins holding onto a 5-3 lead in the sixth, Dunn drove a pitch from reliever Josh Roenicke deep to center that appeared to be headed for the same spot Hicks' blast landed. However, the Twins' rookie sprinted back, leaped high, and caught the ball above the wall, falling to the ground and grinning as he opened his glove to show the ball to the umpire.
Dunn and Hicks entered the game tied for the lowest batting average in baseball (.137) among qualifiers. When the night was over, Hicks' average was .152 and Dunn's .133.
But it was the third-inning error that stuck in Ventura's head.
``I think eventually you get to that point where you don't pay attention to what's going on, we're going to find somebody else to do it,' he said.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander, who came to the Twins in a trade with the White Sox for Francisco Liriano, retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced after giving up two runs in the first inning.
Alex Rios had two RBIs for the White Sox, who are last in the American League in batting average and runs scored. Alejandro De Aza and Ramirez each had three hits.
Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that capped the scoring in the eighth.
The White Sox loaded the bases against Jared Burton in the eighth, but pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie grounded out to first.
NOTES: White Sox LHP Chris Sale, who threw a one-hit shutout in Sunday's win against Los Angeles, woke up in pain with an abscessed tooth that needed to be pulled. Manager Robin Ventura said that won't affect Sale's next start, a rematch on the road against the Angels. ... White Sox LHP John Danks gave up three runs in six innings on Sunday in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte. Recovering from shoulder surgery last August, Danks will make at least one more start in the minors, Ventura said ... Kevin Correia (4-2) face Jake Peavy (4-1) on Tuesday in the second game of this three-game series.
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