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Abreu, Ramirez spark 9-5 White Sox victory over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Remnants of the All-Star Game still dot Target Field – a sign in the outfield, a logo on the water tower that looms beyond the park.

Ten days after playing in the game for the first time, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez returned to the site and flashed some All-Star qualities with a pair of home runs Friday in a 9-5 victory over the Twins.

The struggling Twins, in fact, helped many of the Sox look pretty good as the Sox knocked out 17 hits and scored more runs in a game than they have since scoring nine May 9 against the Diamondbacks.

Tyler Flowers also hit a home run for the Sox, who had homered in one of their previous six games. The Sox are 22-7 when they hit multiple homers in a game.

Sox left-hander John Danks bounced back from his shortest outing of the season against the Astros on July 20 to last seven innings Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and no walks.

Sox manager Robin Ventura said Danks has lived up to expectations in his second season following 2012 shoulder surgery, with two consistently solid months.

"He's given us a chance to win," Ventura said. "Even more than that, he's gotten deep into games and thrown over 100 pitches in games. ... Where he's at now, you feel pretty comfortable when he goes out there that he's going to be able to get you deep into games."

Danks allowed a run in the second inning following back-to-back Twins singles and Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly. The Twins scored two in the sixth on Chris Colabello's two-run single into left field. Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo home run in the seventh.

"He's getting back to what he's always done," Sox left-hander Chris Sale said of Danks. "He's been great -- throwing strikes, going deep into games. He's been on a good roll lately, and that's a testament to how hard he has worked and how hard he studied for that."

Many in the crowd clapped in appreciation in the first inning, and it wasn't for the Twins.

Abreu elicited the response when he launched a three-run home run 427 feet into the bullpens in left-center field for a 3-0 lead. Abreu's home run off Twins right-hander Kevin Correia was his 30th of the season.

Ramirez hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning. Abreu followed with a single and eventually scored on Eduardo Nunez's fielding error for a 5-1 Sox lead.

Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo each had RBI singles in the fourth inning.

Correia left the game after just four innings, but the Sox continued their offensive onslaught. Viciedo doubled and scored on Conor Gillaspie's RBI single in the sixth against reliever Caleb Thielbar. Flowers homered off Jared Burton in the seventh.

Josh Willingham added a solo home run off Sox reliever Taylor Thompson in the ninth.

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