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CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Peavy gave a strong pitching performance on Saturday. The Chicago White Sox offense was unable to back him up.

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The White Sox struck out 13 times and scored their one run on Alejandro De Aza's home run in the first inning of their 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Peavy allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked four in seven innings. He received little support, as the White Sox had six hits.

``Any time a guy pitches like that, it's always one of those unfortunate things you don't get him a win,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ``He's been pitching well enough to get a couple of wins out of it. (Saturday) it was the same.''

Peavy said his team needs a few big hits to ease the tension. The White Sox have been able to score through home runs - they ranked fifth in the AL with 19 home runs entering Saturday.

``We live and die with the home run and we just haven't hit many of them here of late,'' Peavy said. ``In the games we have won, we won it with the longball.''

Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez's throwing error.

Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.

Vance Worley pitched seven effective innings, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

``It was a well-pitched game on both sides - Peavy as advertised. We know he's always tough,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He seems to ad-lib and kind of figure things out as he's going along during a game. He can come from so many angles and throw so many pitches. And Worley matched him, did a heck of a job.''

Casey Fien (1-1) got one out for the win.

De Aza's home run off Worley in the first inning put the White Sox ahead 1-0. The drive to right field was De Aza's fifth career leadoff homer.

The Twins tied it 1-all on Josh Willingham's single off Peavy in the third. Brian Dozier scored after reaching on a single and advancing on a walk.

``I could've not given up that one there in the third and it would have saved us the game,'' Peavy said. ``But (it was a) hard-fought game and tough conditions as well. It was cold, getting colder as the game went on. (It was) hard to stay loose. And I didn't have very good stuff today. The ball was moving a little bit, but the command was not what you'd expect it to be or want it to be.''

Tyler Flowers drew a one-out walk in the 10th before De Aza struck out and Jeff Keppinger popped out to end the game.

The teams combined for 22 strikeouts.

``Obviously, we're not playing anywhere close to how we're capable of playing, especially offensively,'' said White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who struck out three times. ``We're obviously not scoring runs and we're not getting hits to break open the game.''

The White Sox had won 12 of their last 14 against the Twins.

Ventura checked on Peavy after he threw his 112th pitch to strike out Willingham in the seventh. Peavy stayed in the game and got Justin Morneau to fly out to end the inning.

``It was just a good pitcher's duel,'' White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. ``I hate to waste an outing by Jake. He threw the ball great and had that big moment there in the seventh when he got out Morneau to get us back in. So it would have been nice to get him a win, but we just couldn't get anything going.''

Joe Mauer singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

The White Sox returned home after losing seven of 10 games on the road.

NOTES: White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Viciedo was injured while batting in the eighth inning at Toronto on Thursday, and the roster move was made retroactive to Friday. He is batting .229 (11 for 48) with two homers and five RBIs in 13 games. OF Blake Tekotte was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Charlotte, where he began the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Jordan Danks started in center field and De Aza moved to left field to replace Viciedo on Saturday. ... Pitching coach Don Cooper rejoined the White Sox on Saturday after missing all of the 10-game road trip for diverticulitis, a stomach illness. ``What it amounted to for me was a bad, bad, bad stomach ache for five days,'' Cooper said. ``There are so many people that have it so much worse, every day waking up with pain. I'm not going to beef about it.'' .... Reports about LHP John Danks' progress at extended spring training in Arizona have been positive, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. Danks has been on the disabled list since March 22 while recovering from left shoulder surgery. ``He's been able to do all his exercises and he continues to progress,'' Hahn said.

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