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White Sox plate 7 runs in 1st en route to hammering Twins 12-1

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CHICAGO (AP) — Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory, and the Chicago White Sox scored seven runs in the first and coasted to a 12-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

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The White Sox, who had lost six straight and 15 of 17, broke out of their offensive funk against Liam Hendriks and the Twins. Chicago scored a season high in runs and posted its biggest margin of victory this year.

After not having led since beating the Tigers 5-1 a week earlier, the White Sox had six hits in the first. Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez both reached base twice and scored in the inning.

Ramirez went 4 for 4 with his fifth home run and three runs batted in and was a triple short of the cycle. Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks also homered.

Johnson (1-2), whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Sept. 3, was the beneficiary of the offense.

He had allowed 11 runs — but only five earned — in his two losses. Johnson blanked the Twins and gave up only four hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

Hendriks (1-3) and the Twins couldn’t maintain momentum after stunning playoff-contending Tampa Bay on Sunday.

After rallying from a three-run deficit one day earlier, the Twins were routed. Hendriks struggled badly and extended his winless streak to three starts.

He got only two outs against Chicago and gave up seven runs, five hits, and three walks in his 10-batter outing.

Minnesota avoided its 14th shutout on Chris Parmelee’s eighth-inning single.

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