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Minnesota Twins baserunner Danny Santana (39) steals second base as Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham takes a late throw in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, August 3, 2014 in Chicago. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Twins use late surge to romp over White Sox, 16-3

CHICAGO -- The White Sox bullpen continued its amazing deterioration Sunday as the Twins scored nine runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth en route to a 16-3 rout at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ronald Belisario and Eric Surkamp were victimized by the Twins in the eighth. Then in the ninth Andre Rienzo gave up three straight homers to Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer.

Following a 40-minute rain delay in the first inning, the Twins took a 1-0 lead when Kennys Vargas was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Sox scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez hit back-to-back doubles. Then Dayan Viciedo hit a two-out, two-run homer. It was his 13th of the season.

The Twins victimized the Sox bullpen again with 3-run sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Eduardo Nunez had an RBI single and Danny Santana (5-for-6) drove in a pair with a double.

Veteran Paul Konerko was in the starting lineup for the Sox.

Manager Robin Ventura said he might begin using Konerko more, especially with Adam Dunn struggling at the plate.

"There's a chance, yeah," Ventura said. "I think you start matching up how guys face these righties and sometimes righties are better against lefties than they are against righties. So, to me, this is one of those spots to get Paulie a little shot in a day game, play a little first base."

Jose Quintana got the starting nod for the Sox against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. Quintana went five innings, allowing one run (unearned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Ventura said he is not overly concerned about Dunn, who is hitting .227 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs.

"No, he's fine mentally," Ventura said. "Again, there's times he does strike out. That's part of it. But his at-bats, he has good at-bats. He missed the one (hard hit ball Saturday night), had the line drive. He's still doing good stuff. This is more of just a matchup thing to get Paulie in there."

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